Meehan nets hat trick, women's ice hockey tops Saint Michael's

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – A day after senior Kaitlyn Spillane scored a hat trick, freshman Katy Meehan registered one of her own for the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team as the Hawks exploded for four third-period goals to down Saint Michael's, 5-1, on Saturday at Cairns Arena.

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Meehan put Saint Anselm (18-2-3, 13-1-2 NEWHA) up 1-0 inside the opening minute of the second, but Saint Michael's (3-19-0, 3-13-0 NEWHA) answered late in the period to send the game to the third tied at 1-1. Meehan, however, scored the first two of the Hawks' four third-period goals to give Saint Anselm its 35th win in 35 meetings with the Purple Knights. Meehan's hat trick completed a six-point weekend for the freshman forward.

In addition to Meehan's first collegiate hat trick, Kaley Campbell and Kaitlyn Spillane each had two assists and freshmen Nicole Saber and Mary Lambert each tallied goals for Saint Anselm. All five of the Hawks' goals were scored by freshmen.

Saint Anselm outshot Saint Michael's 16-4 in the opening period, but Nicole Talcott made 16 of her 47 saves on the afternoon in the first to keep the game scoreless. Just 33 seconds into the second, Meehan broke the deadlock, firing a shot from the slot low into the left side of the net after being found by Spillane and Campbell.

With 1:33 left in the second, Saint Michael's tied it up on a goal by Krista Ferrari, who sent a shot from the right circle in off the far post off assists by Katherine O'Brien and Arianna Boscia. Ferrari's goal was one of just two shots in the period for the Purple Knights, who were outshot 52-7 by the Hawks.

Meehan completed her hat trick with two goals in the first 9:15 of the third period. The rookie scored the game-winning goal at 2:17 on the second of consecutive shots in the slot and added her third seven minutes later by depositing a rebound into an empty net.

Saber and Lambert gave Saint Anselm plenty of breathing space later in the period to close out the win. Saber got the second goal of her freshman campaign, tipping in a Samantha Boyer shot from the point in from the slot at 12:35. Exactly six minutes later, Lambert registered her first-career goal on a one-timer in the slot off a feed from Jamie Gottwald.

Sophomore Michaela Kane was faced with just seven shots in the game and stopped six of them to move to 5-0-1 in six starts this season. The Hawks went 1-for-6 on the power play and held the Purple Knights scoreless in three opportunities while a skater down.

The game was the 100th in the career of senior forward Ashley Moran, who joined classmate Jackie Guy in hitting the milestone this season.

Saint Anselm returns home to Sullivan Arena for three of its final four regular-season games, starting with a series against Sacred Heart on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10. The Hawks and Pioneers are slated for a 7 p.m. start on Friday evening.