MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore defenseman Haley Marshall had two goals and an assist for a career-high three points to guide the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team to a 6-1 victory over Post University on Friday evening at Sullivan Arena.
Marshall's three-point night was the first multi-point performance of her young career and freshman Madison Sprague and senior Paige Gorecki each contributed a goal and an assist for Saint Anselm (15-2-3, 10-1-2 NEWHA). The Hawks got points from 10 different skaters and used a four-goal first period to defeat second-year program Post (2-18-2, 0-13-0 NEWHA) for the third time this season.
Just 2:32 into the opening period, Saint Anselm opened the scoring as Gorecki scored for the second-straight game. The senior collected the puck from freshmen Mary Lambert and Meagan MacNeil, cut into the middle of the ice from the right and slid the puck back across the grain for the opener. MacNeil's assist was her first-career point, while Lambert's was her second.
Marshall scored her first goal of the game on the power play 4:18 later for her team's second tally of the night. Sprague set up the goal, cutting past two defenders from left to right before feeding a backhand pass back to an open Marshall to tap into an empty net at the left post.
Saint Anselm added two goals in the final 3:22 of the first to cap the four-goal period. Freshman Taylor Ham tallied her third collegiate goal by squeezing a backhand past Danaee St-Germain for an unassisted goal at 16:38 after deking her way to the front of the net from the left corner. In the final minute of the period, senior Jackie Guy found the back of the net in her 100th-career game, sliding the puck five-hole from the lower part of the right circle.
The teams traded goals late in the second period, leaving the Hawks up 5-1 after two. Kendall Fitzgerald got Post on the board at 15:38, but Sprague got the goal back quickly at 17:02. Sophomore Kaley Campbell tipped a Katy Meehan pass from behind the net to Sprague in front of the net, Sprague spun and fired the puck in through the legs of Ashlynn Neurauter.
Marshall's goal at 15:39 was the lone tally in the third as the sophomore blasted in a slap shot from near the left point after being found by sophomore Jamie Gottwald from low along the left boards.
Neurauter stopped 44-of-47 shots in 43:22 in net in relief of St-Germain, who had 16 saves while conceding three goals in the opening 16:25. Junior Logan Knip improved to 3-0-0 on the season with six saves for the Hawks. Saint Anslem took 66 of the game's 73 shots on goal.
The same two teams complete their four-game regular-season series with a 2 p.m. start at Sullivan Arena on Saturday, Jan. 27.