Connecticut College 4, Saint Michael’s College 2 Anctil Scores Twice for Camels

Connecticut College 4, Saint Michael’s College 2 Anctil Scores Twice for Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.—Ashley Anctil scored twice to lead the Connecticut College women's hockey team to a 4-2 victory against Saint Michael's College at Dayton Arena Tuesday night. 

The Camels improve their record to 9-10-3 with the triumph, while the Purple Knights slip to 2-17-3 with the loss.

Steph Izzi and Julia Rodricks chipped in with scores for the Camels, who out-shot the Purple Knights by a count of 37-to-26.  Samantha Kemper made 24 saves en route to her first victory in goal for Connecticut College. 

Fernnanda Saavedra had a goal and an assist for the Purple Knights. She has amassed two goals and nine assists this winter. Macey Thomas chipped in with her six goal of the season. She leads SMC with six goals and 12 points.

The Camels and Purple Knights were even at one through the first 20 minutes of action. Connecticut College out-shot the visitors 14-to-4 in the frame. 

But in the middle period, the Camels took control with two scoring strikes in a four minute timeframe.

Anctil put the Camels on top for good when she tipped in a rebound from a shot off the stick of Jane Pagano. Shelley Moore also contributed on the power play goal. Then, with 3:13 left , the hosts took a 3-1 lead on an odd woman rush. Amelia Dineen assisted Rodrick for the breakaway goal in transition for the Camels.

Saavedra snuck one past Kemper with 6:23 remaining to make it a 3-2 game. The Purple Knights kept battling and a successful penalty kill kept them in contention in the latter stages of the third. But just as SMC pulled back to even strength, the Camels added a critical insurance marker when Courtney Dumont assisted Anctil on her second goal of the night.

Saint Michael's College first year net-minder Erica Ragazzo turned aside 33 shots in an impressive debut between the pipes.