Three-goal first propels women's hockey to win over Bantams

Three-goal first propels women's hockey to win over Bantams

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's hockey team scored three goals in less than a two-minute span in the first period and cruised to a 5-1 victory over Trinity (Conn.) in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday night at Sullivan Arena.

Box Score

Kaley Campbell, Kaitlyn Spillane and Maura Kieft scored in the space of 1:57 in the latter half of the first period for Saint Anselm (11-2-2), which improved to 4-0-0 all-time against Trinity (2-9-2). Martha Findley led five goalscorers for the Hawks with a goal and an assist, while Alex Starzyk also found the back of the net.

The victory improved the Hawks to 43-4-1 in their last 48 games at Sullivan Arena, where they are 7-1-0 this season.

Campbell started the three-goal barrage for Saint Anselm at 12:12 of the opening period, cutting past a Trinity defender at the top of the left circle and scoring on the backhand. The goal was the second of her collegiate career and came unassisted.

Fifty-nine seconds later, the Hawks doubled their lead with another unassisted goal on a delayed penalty on the Bantams. Spillane gained control of the puck in the middle of the left circle, skated in on goal and fired the puck in off the underside of the bar for her fourth of the year.

Fifty-eight seconds after Spillane's goal, Kieft capped the three-goal flurry, scoring for the seventh time this season at 14:09 on the power play. Findley and Megahan Spurling played catch at the point and Findley's shot was deflected into the path of Kieft, who made no mistake from out front for her 11th point in the last 10 games.

The Hawks continued to hold the 3-0 lead until the teams traded goals in the first half of the second period. Findley scored on a drive from straight on after receiving a pass from Spurling on the power play at 4:41, before the Bantams got one back through Allie Bravi at 9:54 of the second.

Starzyk netted the only goal of the third period, her team-best ninth this season, after 1:05 to cap the scoring. Alison Quinn worked the puck off the boards and got it to Starzyk, who skated in from the left along the goal line and snuck one past Sydney Belinskas from a sharp angle.

Belinskas suffered the loss despite 33 saves, as Saint Anselm outshot Trinity 38-11 in the game. Maddie Scavotto stopped 10-of-11 shots for the Hawks to improve to 9-1-2 on the season.

The Saint Anselm penalty-kill and power-play units both had strong nights, as the Hawks were 3-for-9 with the extra skater and held Trinity scoreless on seven power-play chances.

Saint Anselm travels to New England College on Friday, Jan. 20 for a 7 p.m. game, before hosting the University of New England on Alumni Day on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m.

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