MANCHESTER, N.H. – Kaitlyn Spillane scored twice to propel the Saint Anselm College women's hockey team to a 3-1 victory over No. 9 Connecticut College for its sixth consecutive win in a non-conference game on Saturday evening at Sullivan Arena.
Spillane's two goals game 1:06 apart early in the second period as Saint Anselm (15-2-2) built a 3-0 lead. Connecticut College (11-5-2) quickly got one goal back 1:12 later but the Hawks saw out the two-goal lead over the final 34 minutes. The win was the Hawks' second in three all-time meetings with the Camels and was the team's second win over a ranked team this season.
Saint Anselm got on the board first at 14:58 of the first period on Kaley Campbell's third goal of the season. Alex Starzyk gained control of the puck, circled behind the net and fed to Campbell out front to break the deadlock with Alison Quinn also earning an assist on the opener.
The Hawks and Camels combined for three goals in the span of 2:18 early in the second period. Spillane scored her first of the game at 3:15 of period two, collecting a pass from Samantha Boyer at her own blue line, beating a defender into the zone and firing over Katherine Chester's left shoulder into the top-right corner to put Saint Anselm ahead 2-0.
Just 1:06 later, Spillane got her second of the game, unleashing a bomb from the left point . Maura Kieft won a draw at the right circle back to Martha Findley, who passed across to Spillane for her eighth goal of the season just seven seconds into a power play. Spillane's two-point game extended her point streak to six games, including four-straight multi-point efforts, while Kieft now has at least a point in 13 of the last 14 contests.
Connecticut College grabbed one goal back 1:12 after Spillane's second, as Julie Beattie found the back of the net with a one-timer from the left point off a pass from Kylie Wilkes. The Camels' goal came on the power play but was the final tally of the game, despite a combined 11 penalties being called over the final two periods.
After a first period when Saint Anselm outshot Connecticut College 14-6, both teams had 11 shots over the final two periods for a final count of 25-17. Saint Anselm's power play, which entered the game as the best in the country at 31.1 percent, was 1-for-5, while the Camels were 1-for-6.
Maddie Scavotto moved to 12-1-2 on the season by making 16 saves. Chester, who entered the game with a goals-against average under 1.00 for the season, fell to 10-4-0 despite 22 saves.
Saint Anselm is home for Pink In The Rink Weekend next weekend. The Hawks host Salve Regina at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3 before taking on Manhattanville the next day at 1 p.m. at Sullivan Arena.