SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - Junior Erin Dwyer's (Weymouth, Mass./Archbishop Williams) hat trick powered the Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team to a 5-0 victory over Daniel Webster College on Friday evening at Cairns Arena. In the opening portion of a two-game weekend set, the Purple Knights moved to 2-6-1, while the Eagles are 0-9. The squads face off again on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Dwyer tacked on an assist while going 10-for-15 on faceoffs, as her three goals and four points were both one short of school records. The hat trick was the 13th in school history, as Saint Michael's played for the first time since Nov. 21 while opening a six-game homestand.
Senior Amanda Kempainen (Chazy, N.Y./Chazy Flyers U19) added her 16th career goal, leaving her one shy of the program's top 10, and sophomore Katherine O'Brien (East Sandwich, Mass./Tilton School) also tallied. Junior Abby Burke (Bedford, Mass./The Rivers School) had six saves for her second shutout of the season, and classmate Sarah Bagley (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) handed out two assists. Junior Carolyn Avery (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) went 7-for-13 on faceoffs, and senior Kaly Spilhaus (Bourne, Mass./Groton School) was 6-for-12.
First-year Ariana Kresic (Edmonton, Alberta/Edmonton Thunder) made 49 saves for Daniel Webster, while her teammates blocked an additional 28 shots toward the cage. Classmate Jennifer Johnson (Gillette, Wyo./Team Wyoming) was 11-of-22 on draws, and first-year Kerrigan Toth (Littlestown, Pa./Hershey Junior Bears) also claimed 11 faceoff victories.
The Purple Knights scored the lone two tallies of the opening period, but Daniel Webster had the first good scoring chance, with first-year Stephanie Evans (Washington, Iowa/Dallas Stars Elite) getting stopped on a shot from the high slot 5:22 into the contest. Saint Michael's rattled off the final 13 shots of the period, including senior defender Emily Loebs (Acton, Mass./Minuteman Lady Flames) skating through the defense but being denied at 9:05. She followed by sending a blast through traffic that was turned away 34 seconds later. O'Brien broke the stalemate with 10:53 gone, as Avery was saved before sophomore Jillian Witwicki (Danvers, Mass./Pingree School) got a touch and O'Brien finished at the left post. Witwicki's slapshot from the right point was stopped at 14:02, but Dwyer doubled the lead just before the final horn, picking up the puck at the left side wall and flipping a shot over Kresic's blocker from the doorstep at 18:42. Kresic made a nice blocker save off of junior Tori Dinger's (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) long rip in the final 30 seconds.
Purple Knights twice came close to tallying during a scoreless second period, with one shot ringing the crossbar and another hitting the right post. Bagley was turned away by Kresic at the left post with 4:48 gone, Dwyer hit her blocker at 8:39, and Witwicki's blast from the right circle went into the goalie at 13:50. Sophomore Amanda Donahoe (Wakefield, Mass./Saint Mary's) had a bid from the doorstep at 15:20 tip off Kresic's glove as she looked to hit the right side of the net.
Dwyer netted the next two markers, first one-timing home Bagley's pass from behind the net 53 seconds into the third period. Junior Kayla Kee (Newton, Mass./Newton South) also assisted. Eagle sophomore Kathryn Noreen (Juneau, Alaska/Boston Junior Blades) followed with a shot from the high slot on a power play at the three-minute mark that Burke turned away, and Dwyer made it 4-0 at 8:22, picking the left side of the net from the left circle. Loebs and Bagley picked up assists. Dwyer was denied from the hash marks at 13:27 in her bid for a fourth goal, but Kempainen added another tally with 16:15 gone, following her own rebound. Dwyer and first-year Christiana Akiki (Allendale, N.J./New Jersey Rockets) assisted.