WINCHENDON, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team made it five wins out of five to start its season with a 4-1 victory over Franklin Pierce University on Saturday at Jason Ritchie Ice Arena.
Amanda Conger, Kaitlyn Spillane, Kathleen LeFebre and Madison Sprague provided the goals for Saint Anselm (5-0-0, 4-0-0 NEWHA), which remained unbeaten against New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) opponents this season. The Hawks also continued their unblemished record against Franklin Pierce (1-4-0, 0-4-0 NEWHA) as Saint Anselm has won all 14 meetings in the series.
The Hawks went 2-for-7 on the power play in the game and killed off all seven power-play opportunities for the Ravens. Saint Anselm currently boasts the top power play (8-for-26, 30.8 percent) and penalty kill (26-for-27, 96.3 percent) among teams eligible for the National Collegiate Women's Ice Hockey Championship.
Maddie Scavotto improved to 3-0-0 on the season by stopping 14-of-15 shots for Saint Anselm. Scavotto is now 22-2-2 (.885) in 26 career games for Saint Anselm and has allowed just 1.03 goals per game in her career. The Hawks have limited their opponents to one goal or fewer in all five games this season. Madison Murray made 19 saves for Franklin Pierce but suffered the loss.
For the second game in as many days, the Hawks and Ravens played a scoreless first period before Saint Anselm took control in the second. Franklin Pierce broke the deadlock when Kelsey Holmes deflected in an Alex Brolsma shot just 31 seconds into the period to put the hosts on top, but the Hawks responded with three goals later in the period to take control.
Conger started the fightback, scoring only 66 seconds after Holmes' goal by jamming the puck in after a scramble in front of the net. The sophomore scored for the second-straight game, with the goal coming on a 4-on-4 from Ashley Moran, who had three assists in the win.
Spillane tallied the eventual game-winning goal at 14:18 of the second, her first of the year, collecting a drop pass from Kaley Campbell and scoring from the right circle. Campbell has tallied at least one point in all five games this season and is tied for eighth nationally in points per game (1.60).
LeFebre's first collegiate goal at 16:12 capped the Hawks' three-goal second. The freshman picked out the top corner of the net from the left point on the power-play after being set up by Caley Mueller.
At 10:39 of the third, Sprague completed the scoring, finding the back of the net from the high slot right off a faceoff win by Moran. Sprague's tally gave her goals in both wins over the Ravens this weekend.
Saint Anselm is on the road next weekend, traveling to Post University for games on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10-11. Friday night's series opener is slated for 8:15 p.m.