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Crusaders Earn 3-0 Shutout Victory Over Franklin Pierce On Senior Day

Holy Cross Athletics   02-18-2017

THE BASICS:

Score: Holy Cross 3, Franklin Pierce 0
Records: Holy Cross (21-4-0, 14-3-0 NEHC); Franklin Pierce (17-6-1, 12-5-0 NEHC)
Location: Worcester, Mass. (Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex) 
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 2:05 p.m.
The Lead: Sophomore forward Sam Girard led the Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team with two points, as the Crusaders shutout Franklin Pierce, 3-0, at home on senior day on Saturday.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Holy Cross jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening period. Girard netted the first goal for the Crusaders on the power play at 11:44. Girard received a pass from senior forward Elizabeth Scala before delivering a powerful slap shot to the bottom glove-side corner.
  • Next at the 15:22 mark, junior co-captain forward Kara Violette extended the Crusaders’ lead to 2-0 after winning the puck off a faceoff, beating a defender, then firing an upper glove-side wrist shot for the goal.
  • Ahead 2-0 at the first intermission, Holy Cross led 7-5 in shots while going 1-1 on first period power plays, as Franklin Pierce went 0-1.
  • The Crusaders added another score in the middle period with sophomore forward Julie Matthias handling the puck from Holy Cross’ defensive zone to the Ravens’ goal line before sending a lower stick-side wrist shot on target for a goal.
  • Outshooting Franklin Pierce 13-5 in the second period, Holy Cross led 3-0 to enter the final period. The Ravens went 0-1 on the only power play during the second frame.
  • The Crusaders outshot Franklin Pierce by a 16-4 margin in the third period and fended off a five-on-three power play to hold their 3-0 lead at the final buzzer and capture the victory.

 INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Holy Cross was led by Girard, who tallied two points on one goal and one assist.
  • Holy Cross outshot Franklin Pierce 36-14.
  • Junior goaltender Tessie Salatas made 14 saves while in net for Holy Cross to earn the win, as Shannon O’Neil took the loss for Franklin Pierce, making 33 saves.
  • The Crusaders went 1-1 on the power play, while the Ravens went 0-4.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Senior forward Elizabeth Scala has tallied at least one point in the last 12 games she has played in. She has 28 points on 13 goals and 15 assists and 51 career points on 26 goals and 25 assists.
  • Violette now ranks eighth all-time in the program’s history with 43 career goals.
  • The Crusaders end their home slate with an 11-1 record at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex.
  • Holy Cross led the regular season series versus Franklin Pierce, 2-1. The Crusaders are now ahead of Franklin Pierce, 5-4-0 in the two teams’ all-time series.

UP NEXT:

  • Holy Cross returns to action for the 2017 NEHC Open Tournament from Feb. 25-26.

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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