MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior forward Victoria Shea tallied her first-career hat trick as part of a four-point performance to lead nine players with multi-point games for the Saint Anselm College women's hockey team in a 9-0 victory over the University of New England in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action on Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Arena.
Shea's four points were a career-high for the senior as Saint Anselm (13-2-2, 10-1-0 NEHC) put up its second-highest goal total of the season. Her hat trick marked the second-straight game a Saint Anselm player registered a hat trick after Maura Kieft had one last night at New England College. Mary Morrison also netted the first two goals of her collegiate career for the Hawks, who have now won all four meetings against UNE (6-9-2, 3-5-1 NEHC).
Alison Butler registered a goal and two assists, Martha Findley and Sara McNamara each had a goal and an assist and Jackie Guy, Alex Starzyk, Amanda Conger and Kieft all had two helpers each. The win also moved Saint Anselm to 44-4-1 in its last 49 home games and kept the Hawks in sole possession of first place in the NEHC.
It took the Hawks just 58 seconds to get on the board as Shea got the scoring started early. The senior collected a drop pass from Kieft, beat a couple defensemen and fired it into the top-right corner. Kieft's two assists on the afternoon gave her at least one point in 11 of the last 12 games and 17 points over the span.
Midway through the first, Saint Anselm scored twice in the space of 1:01 as Morrison scored her first collegiate goal and Ashley Moran scored 61 seconds later to make it 3-0. Morrison's goal came after her shot from the slot hit the crossbar and went in off the goaltender, while Moran finished off a rebound in front.
Butler stretched the lead to 4-0 at 14:13 of the opening period, firing a wrister from the slot through traffic and high into the net. Shea's second of the game came at 5:25 of the second, as she fired one in top shelf off a Conger feed.
The Hawks again scored twice in quick succession late in the second, as McNamara scored just 13 seconds before Shea finished off her hat trick. McNamara lofted a backhand in under the bar at 18:18 of the second. Off the ensuing faceoff, Saint Anselm worked into the offensive end and Shea put in her own rebound after forcing her way to the net.
Morrison and Findley completed the nine-goal outburst in the third period. Saint Anselm outshot UNE by a five-to-one margin, 55-11, and was 2-for-3 on the power play.
Maddie Scavotto picked up her 10th win of the season with an 11-save shutout, her fifth of the season. Sydney Helmbrecht and Caty Flagg split the 60 minutes in net for the Nor'Easters, combining for 46 saves.
Next up for Saint Anselm is a game at Saint Michael's on Friday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m.