Freshman Marcia LaPlante
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Mark Seliger Photography
Freshman Marcia LaPlante

Women's Ice Hockey Extends Winning Streak To Seven With 3-2 Victory Over UNE

Holy Cross Athletics   01-20-2017

THE BASICS:

Score: Holy Cross 3, University of New England 2
Records: Holy Cross (15-2-0, 8-1-0 NEHC); UNE (6-8-2, 3-4-1 NEHC)
Location: Worcester, Mass. (Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex)
Date: Friday, January 20, 2017
Time: 2:05 p.m.
The Lead: Sophomore forward Aubrey Ashmun scored the game-winner for her first goal of the season, as the Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team captured its seventh-straight win in a 3-2 victory over the University of New England at home on Friday. The Crusaders outshot the Nor’easters, 48-14.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Despite a 15-4 shots advantage for the Crusaders, the opening period resulted in a 0-0 tie. Holy Cross went 0-1 on the only power play in the first period.
  • The action picked up in the second period with Holy Cross taking an early 2-0 lead. First at the 7:49 mark, junior co-captain Kara Violette notched a rebounded back-handed score to the upper glove side of the net off a shot fired by junior forward Kelsey Goostrey.
  • Then under three minutes later, freshman defender Victoria Young earned her first career goal, poking the puck to the back of the net in a scrum just outside the crease.
  • After the Crusaders fended off a five-on-three power play with 4:13 left to play in the second period, UNE responded with a power play goal scored by Emily Corrales at the 16:39 mark to trim the deficit to 2-1 at the second intermission.
  • In the second period, Holy Cross went 0-1 on the power play, while UNE went 1-2. The Crusaders outshot the Nor’easters, 22-3.
  • Ashmun tallied the game-winner early on in the third period at the 4:44 mark, as Holy Cross expanded out to a 3-1 lead. In the lower slot, Ashmun re-directed a shot by freshman defender Hannah Gillis from the point for her first goal of the season.
  • The Nor’easters battled back and registered their second power play goal at the 11:05 mark to close in on one goal again and make it a close 3-2 game. Gabby Crugnale scored the goal on a high glove-side rebounded backhand shot.
  • With 2:23 left on the clock, Holy Cross took a penalty. Pulling its goaltender with 26 seconds remaining, UNE skated with an extra attacker advantage, as the Crusaders held onto the 3-2 win at the final buzzer.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Young led the Crusaders with two points on one goal and one assist.
  • The Crusaders outshot UNE, 48-14.
  • Freshman goaltender Marcia LaPlante made 12 saves and is now 5-0-0, while Sydney Helmbrech posted 45 saves.
  • The Nor’easters went 2-6 on the power play, as Holy Cross went 0-2.
  • The Crusaders won 35 face-offs, as UNE won 37 face-offs.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Holy Cross is undefeated against UNE, with a 3-0-0 all-time series record versus the Nor’easters.
  • The Crusaders have now won seven straight games. Over the course of Holy Cross’ winning-streak, the Crusaders have outscored its opponents, 25-7.
  • The Crusaders are undefeated at home this season, holding a 8-0-0 record at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. Holy Cross has now won 21 straight games at home carried over from the previous two seasons, which is the longest home winning streak in the program's history.
  • Violette has notched at least one point in seven straight games.
  • Violette leads the Crusaders with 23 points on 11 goals and 12 assists this season. For her career, she has 38 goals and 44 assists for 82 points. Her 38 goals are tied for 10th all-time in program history.
  • Both Young and Ashmun earned their first goals of the season. Young’s goal was the first of her career, while Ashmun picked up her first career game-winner.

UP NEXT:

  • Holy Cross returns to action tomorrow, when the Crusaders travel to Franklin Pierce for a 12:30 p.m. game.

KEEP CONNECTED:

  • Follow the Crusaders on Twitter @HCrossWHockey and on Facebook. You can also get the latest news and results on the team sent directly to your e-mail. To sign up for e-mail alerts go here.

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