SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – The nation's third-best power play tallied three goals and Sara McNamara had two goals and an assist as the Saint Anselm College women's hockey team topped Saint Michael's 5-1 in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) play on Friday night at Cairns Arena.
Saint Anselm (14-2-2, 11-1-0 NEHC), which entered the game third in the country on the power play at 29.1 percent, went 3-for-4 on the night to move to 29-0-0 all-time against Saint Michael's (2-15-0, 2-8-0 NEHC). The win keeps the Hawks atop the NEHC standings and was the team's fifth-straight victory.
In addition to McNamara's season-high three points, Kaitlyn Spillane had a goal and two assists, Martha Findley recorded three assists and Alison Butler and Maura Kieft each tallied a goal and an assist. The quintet accounted for all five goals and eight assists for the Hawks in the game.
McNamara opened the scoring just 31 seconds into the game, spinning around in the right circle and firing a shot into the roof of the net for her first of the night. McNamara's goal was the first of three first-period goals for the Hawks, who have outscored their opponents 35-5 in the opening period this season.
At 6:14 of the first, Kieft doubled Saint Anselm's lead after collecting a centering pass from Findley on the power play with McNamara also assisting. Kieft added an assist later in the game for her third-straight multi-point game and the sophomore now has at least one point in 12 of the last 13 games with 19 points over that span.
Spillane added the Hawks' second power-play goal of the first period at 15:41, their third of the game, putting home a rebound after Tina Frasca denied Butler, as Findley also earned her second assist of the period. Spillane's three-point night was the third-straight multi-point game for the junior, who has at least a point in eight of the last nine contests.
After Katherine O'Brien got the Purple Knights on the board with 43 seconds remaining in the first, McNamara gave the Hawks their three-goal lead back 5:24 into the second. On a rush with Kieft and Spillane, the sophomore dove to knock the puck into the right side of the cage off a lead pass from Kieft for her second-career two-goal game. The Hawks held the Purple Knights without a shot on goal in the second period, while getting 22 shots on net themselves.
Butler provided the lone goal of the third period at the 14:31 mark on the power play, tipping home a pass from Findley, who collected her third helper of the game. Butler's goal and assist gave the senior her seventh multi-point game of the season and the 24th of her career, while Findley extended her point streak to five games.
Maddie Scavotto picked up her 11th victory of the season, stopping 7-of-8 shots as Saint Anselm outshot Saint Michael's 47-8 in the game. Frasca made 40 saves for the Purple Knights in 54:21 before giving way to Erica Ragazzo, who made two saves in the final 5:39.
Saint Anselm hosts ninth-ranked Connecticut College on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. at Sullivan Arena.