Sophomore Aubrey Ashmun
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Mark Seliger Photography
Sophomore Aubrey Ashmun

Women's Ice Hockey Edges SUNY Canton 3-2 At The Rutland Herald Invitational

Holy Cross Athletics   01-07-2017

THE BASICS:

Score: Holy Cross 3, SUNY Canton 2
Records: Holy Cross (11-2-0, 5-1-0 NEHC); SUNY Canton (6-5-0, 2-2-0 Colonial Hockey Conference)
Location: Rutland, Vt. (Spartan Arena)
Tournament: Rutland Herald Invitational  
Date: Saturday, January 7, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
The Lead: Junior co-captain forward Kara Violette and sophomore forward Sam Girard combined for four points, as the Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team defeated SUNY Canton, 3-2, in the opening round at the Rutland Herald Invitational hosted by Castleton on Saturday night. Holy Cross will advance to the championship game tomorrow for the fifth straight year, where the Crusaders will take on Endicott at 4:00 p.m. at Spartan Arena in Rutland, Vt.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Crusaders outshot SUNY Canton by a 21-5 margin to open the game, but the first period ended in a 1-1 tie.
  • Holy Cross took the first lead of the game at the 13:40 mark of the opening period. Sophomore forward Danielle Doherty netted the first goal of the night for the Crusaders to give them a 1-0 edge. Doherty picked up her first goal of the season on the score, as sophomore forward Aubrey Ashmun and junior forward Kelsey Goostrey each earned their first assists of the year.
  • With 2:50 left on the clock in the first period, senior co-captain defender Isabela Bagi fired a shot that hit off the pipe.
  • SUNY Canton answered with under two minutes left to play in the first period on a goal from Hannah Brady at the 18:04 mark, bringing the game to a 1-1 tie at the final buzzer of the opening frame.
  • Each side went 0-for-1 on the power play in the first period.
  • Violette found the back of the net early in the second period at 3:43, as Holy Cross regained a one-goal lead (2-1). Girard logged an assist on the goal.
  • Then on a delayed penalty at the 16:30 mark of the second period, Holy Cross pulled its goaltender. The Crusaders then bombarded the net with four consecutive shots on target, as a shot delivered by sophomore defender Tori Messina deflected off the pipe.
  • Holy Cross outshot SUNY Canton 20-2 in the second period, as the Crusaders led 2-1 to enter the third period. Holy Cross went 0-for-2 on the power play in the second frame, while the Kangaroos went 0-for-1.
  • The Crusaders increased their lead to 3-1 to start the third period. At the 5:21 mark, Girard and Violette each tallied their second points of the night, as Girard scored the goal and Violette earned an assist. Senior forward Elizabeth Scala also picked up an assist on the goal.
  • SUNY Canton responded with a score from Tess Adams with 10:22 left to play to make it a 3-2 game.
  • With just under 20 seconds remaining on the clock, the Kangaroos pulled their goaltender, as Holy Cross fended off the extra-skater advantage and pulled away with the 3-2 victory.
  • Holy Cross outshot SUNY Canton, 10-4 in the third period.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Violette and Girard each notched one goal and one assist for two points to lead Holy Cross.
  • The Crusaders outshot the Kangaroos, 50-12, posting their highest shot deficit over an opponent all season (38).
  • Freshman goaltender Marcia LaPlante made 10 saves and allowed two goals to earn the win for the Crusaders. She now holds a .947 save percentage with a 1.01 goals against average for a 3-0-0 record this season.
  • Illie Berisha  made 47 stops and allowed three goals to take the loss for the Kangaroos.  
  • Holy Cross went 0-for-3 on the power play, while SUNY Canton went 0-for-2.

 BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • The Crusaders remain undefeated in the Rutland Herald Invitational, having competed in the tournament in all five years of its existence. Holy Cross is 9-0-0 in Rutland Herald Invitational action, returning to the tournament’s championship game for the fifth consecutive year.
  • Ashmun picked up her first career assist and first point of the season tonight. She now has two career points on one goal and one assist.
  • With her assist tonight, Scala now has seven assists and five goals for 12 points. She has 18 goals and 17 assists for 35 career points.
  • Girard is now tied for the team lead with nine goals this season. She also has six assists for 14 points on the year. She has totaled 23 goals and 13 assists for 36 career points.
  • Violette leads the Crusaders with 19 points on a team-best nine goals and 10 assists this season.
  • This marked the first time the Crusaders faced a Colonial Hockey Conference foe and the first time Holy Cross squared off against SUNY Canton.  

UP NEXT:

  • The Crusaders will return to the ice tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. when Holy Cross takes on Endicott in the championship game of the Rutland Herald Invitational.

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