Spulecki's two goals propel Purple Knights past Franklin Pierce, 2-1

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team ended its 12-game losing skid by topping Franklin Pierce University, 2-1, in non-conference action on Saturday at Cairns Arena. With the victory, the Purple Knights improve to 2-19-1 overall, while the Ravens fall to 6-13.

Sophomore Kristen Spulecki (Orchard Park, N.Y./Buffalo Bison) netted her fourth and fifth goals of the season for Saint Michael's, while senior Erin Stevens (Watertown, Conn./Connecticut Polar Bears) posted 39 saves to notch the win.

First-year Colleen Doucette (Wakefield, Mass./Wakefield) tallied a goal for Franklin Pierce, and junior Amelea Gray (Bozeman, Mont./Hamline) turned away 27 shots.

Spulecki's shot found its way through a scrum in front of the net with 15.6 seconds remaining in the opening period to put the Purple Knights on top, 1-0, after the first. Stevens stopped 14 shots to keep the Ravens scoreless in the frame. After neither team scored in the second period, Spulecki tallied on the power play for her second marker of the contest 25 ticks into the third stanza, giving her team a two-goal advantage. Doucette redirected a shot from the point 3:27 later to bring Franklin Pierce back to within a goal. The hosts killed off a pair of penalties in the remainder of the period, while Stevens denied 16 shots in the frame to prevent the equalizer.

Saint Michael's returns to the ice on Friday when it hosts Nichols College for a 7 p.m. tilt.