Spillane, Klaus honored by NEWHA

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior forward Kaitlyn Spillane and sophomore defenseman Megan Klaus of the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team were honored by the New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) as the Player of the Week and Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday.


Klaus was recognized by the NEWHA for the second time after being named the inaugural Player of the Week back on Oct. 24, making Spillane the second Saint Anselm student-athlete to earn the accolade this season. Klaus shared the defensive honor with Post University's Jenna Baumgartner, who maved 69 saves against the Hawks on Saturday.

Spillane ran her point streak to five-straight games as part of a six-point weekend in a sweep of Post. The senior matched her career high with four points on a goal and three assists in a 9-0 victory on Saturday after recording a goal and an assist on Friday evening in a 10-0 triumph.

In 87 career games, Spillane has registered 80 points on 34 goals and 46 assists for the Hawks. She is tied with teammates Ashley Moran and Katy Meehan for 13th in the country in points per game (1.43) this season with three goals and seven assists for 10 points in seven games, while ranking in a tie for seventh nationally in assists per game (1.00).

Klaus had a goal and four assists for Saint Anselm, which swept Post by scores of 10-0 and 9-0 last weekend. The sophomore had a career-high four assists on Friday night and added a goal as part of a 10-shot outing on Saturday. She was also a +4 over the two games and helped the Hawks limit the Eagles to 19 shots and no goals.

Klaus currently ranks second nationally in points per game among blue liners (1.57) and is tied for 10 among all skaters. The State College, Pa. product is tied with Moran for fifth nationally in assists per game (1.14) and is a key part of the stingiest defense in the country that has limited opponents to three goals over seven games (0.43 goals per game). Just a sophomore, Klaus has 27 points (7 goals, 20 assists) in 34 career games for the Hawks.

Saint Anselm looks to continue its perfect start to the season in a home series against Saint Michael's this weekend, beginning with a 4 p.m. start on Friday, Nov. 17.