MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team rode a three-goal first period and goals from five different skaters to a 5-1 victory over visiting Plymouth State University in a non-conference contest on Friday afternoon at Sullivan Arena.
Sophomore Kaley Campbell, senior Paige Gorecki and sophomore Haley Marshall scored in the space of 5:03 midway through the first period to get Saint Anselm (13-1-1) off to a flying start. Seniors Kaitlyn Spillane and Ashley Moran accounted for their team's final two goals of the game as the Hawks picked up their third victory in the last four days. The victory kept Saint Anselm unbeaten (13-0-1) all-time against Plymouth State (4-7-3).
The senior trio of Moran, Spillane and Gorecki each finished the game with a goal and an assist to pace the Hawks, who got points from nine student-athletes in the victory. Junior Maddie Scavotto earned her third victory of the week, stopping nine of the 10 shots that came her way.
Saint Anselm's top-two point scorers connected at 9:09 to open the scoring, as Spillane found an open Campbell in front for the sophomore's team-leading 10th goal of the season. A little over three minutes later, Gorecki tipped in a Samantha Boyer shot in front of the net after Moran got the puck to Boyer at the point to make it 2-0. Marshall made it three goals in 5:03 for the Hawks at 14:12, sliding the puck in from close range after senior Jackie Guy intercepted a clearing attempt and found her fellow blueliner for Marshall's third of the year.
Just 39 seconds into the second period, Saint Anselm stretched its lead to 4-0 when Spillane collected her seventh goal of the season. After the puck bounced around in front of the Plymouth State net, Spillane corralled it and slid a backhand five-hole with freshman Nicole Saber picking up an assist on the tally.
The Panthers got one goal back at 13:19 of the second courtesy of Brooke Maggy after Alie Louie picked off a clearing attempt and found Maggy in front. Moran got the lone goal of the third at 1:27, firing a rocket in under the bar from the near edge of the left circle off a Gorecki pass.
Plymouth State goaltender Emelie Lindqvist totaled 36 saves as the Hawks outshot the Panthers, 41-10. Both teams were 0-for-2 on the power play in the game.
Saint Anselm caps its run of four games in five days by visiting Holy Cross on Saturday, Jan. 13 for a 2:05 p.m. start.