Butler's four-point night leads women's hockey past Ravens

WINCHENDON, Mass.Alison Butler tallied four points and Megan Klaus scored her first two collegiate goals as part of a three-point night as the Saint Anselm College women's hockey team returned to action for the first time in a month with a 5-1 victory over Franklin Pierce University in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) play on Saturday at Jason Ritchie Ice Arena.

Box Score

Butler registered two goals and two assists for Saint Anselm (9-1-2, 8-1-0 NEHC), which built a 4-0 lead by the midpoint of the second period. Martha Findley recorded three assists for the Hawks, who improved to 12-0-0 all-time against Franklin Pierce (8-4-1, 4-3-0 NEHC) and extended their unbeaten streak to eight games.

Saint Anselm scored a pair of power-play goals in the opening period after outshooting Franklin Pierce 15-5 in the first 20 minutes. Butler got her first of the night on a sharp-angle shot from the left wing at 6:01 to start the scoring. A little over five minutes later, Klaus fired in a one-timer from the bottom of the right circle for her first collegiate goal off feeds from Findley and Butler.

The Hawks added two more goals in the first 7:25 of the second to go ahead 4-0. Victoria Shea netted her first goal of the year 4:10 into the second with a shot to the top-right corner from the bottom of the right-wing circle while tumbling over a defender. Just 3:15 later, Klaus unleashed a bomb through traffic from the center of the point that found the back of the net and made it 4-0.

Franklin Pierce got a goal back at 12:16 of the second on a 5-on-3 power-play opportunity, as Hailee Craig scored on a one-timer from a centering feed for her fifth of the season.

Butler capped her four-point performance by scoring the lone goal of the third period at 7:21 as Findley picked up her third assist of the game. Butler collected the puck near the red line, beat the last defender inside the blue line, deked the goalie and finished inside the left post for her seventh of the year. Freshman Jamie Gottwald picked up her first collegiate point with an assist on Butler's second of the game with Findley recording her third assist of the night.

Saint Anselm held Franklin Pierce to just five shots in each period for a 36-15 advantage in shots in the game. Maddie Scavotto made 14 saves to remain unbeaten in nine starts (7-0-2) this season), while Shannon O'Neil stopped 31 shots but fell to 7-3-1.

The Hawks host Amherst in a non-conference game on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. in their first game at Sullivan Arena since Dec. 2.

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