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Women's Ice Hockey Remains Undefeated At Home With 2-1 Victory Over Norwich

Holy Cross Athletics   02-04-2017

THE BASICS:

Score: Holy Cross 2, Norwich 1
Records: Holy Cross (18-3-0, 11-2-0 NEHC); Norwich (15-5-1. 11-2-0 NEHC)
Location: Worcester, Mass. (Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex)
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 2:05 p.m.
The Lead:  Sophomore forward Sam Girard led the Crusaders with two points, as the Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team edged Norwich, 2-1, at home on Saturday. The Crusaders are now 10-0-0 at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex this season.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Both sides entered the ice strong in the opening period, as the Crusaders skated off with a 1-0 advantage despite Norwich leading 6-4 in shots on net.
  • Senior forward Elizabeth Scala notched the only first period goal at the 8:22 mark on a one-timer back-handed score, on a rebound from a saved shot originally fired by junior co-captain forward Kara Violette who picked up an assist on the goal.
  • The Crusaders brought the energy into the second period, outshooting Norwich by an 11-8 margin and fending off two of the Cadets’ power plays to hold onto the 1-0 lead to enter the final frame.
  • Junior goaltender Tessie Salatas recorded eight second period saves to keep Norwich scoreless. The Cadets went 0-2 on second period power plays, while Holy Cross went 0-1.
  • The action picked up in the third period with Holy Cross leading 8-6 in shots, as each team tallied a goal.
  • Kim Tiberi came close to finding the equalizer for Norwich early on in the final period, directing a shot on target from the point that hit off the pipe.
  • The Crusaders then scored their second goal at the 9:02 mark. Salatas made a save, sending the puck traveling far through Holy Cross’ defensive zone, as Girard picked up the loose puck before skating through traffic in the neutral zone to earn herself a breakaway. One-on-one with the goaltender, she placed the puck to the upper right pocket of the net, as the Crusaders stretched out to a 2-0 lead. Salatas earned an assist on the goal.
  • With just over one minute left in the game, Norwich pulled its goaltender. With the extra attacker advantage, the Cadets drew two penalties, as the Crusaders suffered a six-on-three power play disadvantage.
  • The clock dwindled down to eight seconds before Norwich found the back of the net during the power play on a goal by Adrieana Rossini to make it a close 2-1 game.
  • Norwich ended the game on the power play, however, the Crusaders held onto the lead to claim the 2-1 home victory.

 INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • The Crusaders outshot Norwich, 23-20.
  • Salatas earned the win for Holy Cross with 17 saves and picked up her second assist of the season. She now has a 8-3-0 record this year. Laurie King made 21 stops but took the loss for Norwich.
  • Holy Cross went 0-2 on the power play, while Norwich went 1-4.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • The Crusaders broke the Cadets’ seven-game winning streak versus Holy Cross with today’s win. The Crusaders posted their first win over Norwich since 2008 when Holy Cross took down the Cadets, 3-2 on Nov. 21.  
  • Holy Cross has won 11 of its last 13 games, outscoring its opponents by a 45-15 margin during this span.
  • The Crusaders are undefeated at home this season, holding a 10-0-0 record at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. Holy Cross has now won 23 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 scored at least one point in the past 10 of 11 games. She leads the team with 28 points on 14 goals and 14 assists, while ranking 10th all-time in Holy Cross history with 40 goals and 46 assists for 86 points.
  • Scala has tallied at least one point in the last eight games she has played in. She has 23 points on 12 goals and 11 assists and 46 career points on 25 goals and 21 assists.
  • Salatas is the first goaltender to earn an assist since 2006 when Casey McCullion notched an assist as a goalie.  

 UP NEXT:

  • Holy Cross returns to action on Friday, Feb. 10 for a 7:00 p.m. game at Salve Regina in Middletown, R.I.

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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