SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – Senior Kaitlyn Spillane scored her second-career hat trick as part of a four-point night and freshman Katy Meehan pitched in two goals and one assist, as the pair lifted the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team to a 5-0 win over Saint Michael's on Friday evening at Cairns Arena.
After Meehan scored a pair of first-period goals for Saint Anselm (17-2-3, 12-1-2 NEWHA), Spillane scored her team's final three goals, netting two in the second and completing her hat trick in the third. The shutout victory was the third time the Hawks have blanked Saint Michael's (3-18-0, 3-12-0 NEWHA) this season and kept Saint Anselm perfect in the all-time series against the Purple Knights (34-0-0).
Spillane's hat trick was the first for Saint Anselm in just shy of a year since she scored three times in a 7-3 victory at the College of the Holy Cross on Feb. 16, 2017. Meehan's two-goal performance was the first of her collegiate career as she matched her career high of three points with her eighth multi-point effort of the season.
Junior Maddie Scavotto stopped all 12 shots she faced for Saint Anselm for her seventh shutout in 14 starts this season, moving to 10-2-2 in the process. The Hawks outshot the Purple Knights 41-12 in the game and went 38-for-54 in faceoffs.
The first goal of the night came at 5:34 of the opening period when Meehan carried the puck through the zone and roofed a shot from low in the right circle. Defensemen Mary Morrison and Samantha Boyer earned assists on Meehan's first goal of the period.
With the opening period winding down, Meehan doubled the Hawks' lead at 18:16, putting home a rebound after Spillane's shot from a sharp angle on the left was knocked away by Nicole Talcott. Talcott had 36 saves for the Purple Knights in the loss.
Spillane got her first goal of the night on the power play at 11:01 of the third, roofing a shot from the left circle off assists by Megan Klaus and Kaley Campbell. Just over six minutes later, sophomore Haley Marshall sent a shot wide, but Meehan collected the puck behind the net and got it to Spillane to score on the backhand low in the right circle to make it 4-0.
Early in the third, Spillane finished off her hat trick with an unassisted goal. The senior picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, skated in on Talcott and picked out the right corner for the final goal of the game.
Saint Anselm killed off all four Saint Michael's power-play chances in the game and capitalized once on three chances of its own.
The same two teams finish off their four-game regular-season series at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3 at Cairns Arena.