Three first-period goals send women's hockey to win at Castleton

Three first-period goals send women's hockey to win at Castleton

RUTLAND, Vt. – The Saint Anselm College women's hockey team used a three-goal first period to cruise to a 4-0 victory at Castleton in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) play on Friday at Spartan Arena.

Box Score

Alison Butler, Jackie Guy and Alex Starzyk each scored in the span of 8:20 in the first period for Saint Anselm (5-1-0, 4-1-0 NEHC) and Alison Quinn added a fourth in the third period. The win over Castleton (2-4-0, 2-3-0 NEHC) improved the Hawks to 18-1-0 all-time against the Spartans.

Starzyk added an assist to her goal, which left her one shy of 50 for her career, while Meaghan Spurling added a pair of assists for the Hawks. Starzyk has now tallied at least one point in all six games this season. Victoria Shea, Ashley Moran and Maura Kieft each assisted on goals for Saint Anselm as well.

Butler scored the opening goal of the game at 4:04 of the first period after being set up on the back door by Shea and Spurling. Three and a half minutes later, Guy ripped a slap shot from the point that made it through traffic in front for her first goal of the season with Moran and Spurling earning assists.

The Hawks made it 3-0 before the first period was over when Starzyk fired a shot that trickled in at 12:24 after receiving the puck from Kieft. Starzyk's 49th-career goal moved the senior into sole possession of fifth in program history, breaking a tie with Arianna Rigano (2006-08) and Kelsey Johnson (2006-09).

The score remained 3-0 all the way until 11:39 of the third when Quinn was there to turn a Starzyk shot in on the power play and cap the scoring. Quinn's goal was the 39th of her career, tying her with Butler for ninth in program history.

Saint Anselm's two power-play goals on the afternoon mean the Hawks are now 12-for-39 (30.7 percent) on the power play this season. The Hawks also held the Spartans scoreless on four chances with the extra skater and have killed off 29-of-31 (93.5 percent) penalties through six games.

The Hawks outshot the Spartans 42-7 in the game, including 31-2 over the first two periods, led by 10 from Starzyk. Maddie Scavotto recorded her second shutout in three games this season and her fourth in six career starts by making seven saves.

Rachael Brazil made 15 saves in the first period for Castleton before being replaced by Rylie Wills, who made 23 stops over the final 40 minutes.

Saint Anselm completes its weekend in Vermont by taking on Saint Michael's on Saturday, Nov. 19. Puck drop is slated for 4 p.m.