Junior forward Emily Lissner
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Mark Seliger Photography
Junior forward Emily Lissner

Women's Ice Hockey Edged By St. Anselm, 3-2, In Overtime At NEHC Open Tournament Championship

Holy Cross Athletics   02-26-2017

THE BASICS:

Score: St. Anselm 3, Holy Cross 2 (OT)
Records: Holy Cross (22-5-0, 14-3-0 NEHC); St. Anselm (22-2-3, 15-1-1 NEHC)
Location: Shelton, Conn. (Sports Center of Connecticut) 
Date: Sunday, February 26, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m.
The Lead: Trailing by one goal with under 14 seconds left in the third period, the Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team found the equalizer to bring the game to overtime, but fell to St. Anselm, 3-2, in the final period of the NEHC Open Tournament Championship on Sunday.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Both sides had opportunities in the first period, as the score remained locked at 0-0.
  • The Hawks led, 12-4 in shots on net in the opening period, while the Crusaders went 0-1 on the power play and St. Anselm went 0-2.
  • St. Anselm broke the tie at the 9:16 mark of the second period on a re-directed power play goal scored by Kaitlyn Spillane to put the Hawks ahead, 1-0.
  • Holy Cross responded with only 2:06 left to play in the middle period with a wrap-around goal poked in by junior forward Emily Lissner. The game remained tied at 1-1 at the second intermission.
  • The Hawks led 12-7 in shots on target, while going 1-2 on second period power plays, as Holy Cross went 0-2.
  • The Crusaders entered the ice in the third period on the power play, before drawing another penalty to go on a 5-on-3 advantage 1:06 into the period, but the Crusaders’ extra-skater opportunity was fended off by the Hawks.
  • St. Anselm then scored the go-ahead goal to take a 2-1 lead with Victoria Shea finding the back of the net at the 5:41 mark.
  • With 27 seconds left to play, Holy Cross pulled its goaltender for the extra attacker advantage. Junior co-captain forward Kara Violette then netted the equalizer with the clock dwindling down to 14 seconds, netting a wrap-around goal to bring the game to golden-goal overtime with the score tied at 2-2.
  • In overtime, Maura Kieft scored the game-winning goal on a power play score on a 4-on-3 advantage at the 10:05 mark to give St. Anselm the 3-2 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Sophomore forward Julie Matthias led Holy Cross with two points on two assists.
  • Shots were 38-26 in favor of St. Anselm.
  • Junior goaltender Tessie Salatas made a career-high 35 saves, but took the loss for Holy Cross, as Maddie Scavotto picked up the win with 24 saves. Scavotto earned the NEHC Open Tournament MVP award.
  • The Crusaders went 0-3 on the power play, while the Hawks went 2-5.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Violette and senior forward Elizabeth Scala were named to the NEHC Open All-Tournament team.
  • This marked the fourth overtime game played against St. Anselm in the NEHC Open Championship, having played in overtime in the title game in 2011, 2013 and 2015 in addition to this year.
  • Holy Cross has made nine-straight appearances in the NEHC title game and 12 all-time appearances in the championship.
  • Violette is tied for seventh all-time in the program’s history with 45 career goals and tied for ninth all-time with 93 career points.
  • Salatas posted a career-best 35 saves and ended the year ranked fourth all-time in the school's history with a .928 save percentage and a 1.37 goals against average. Her 544 career saves rank seventh all-time in Holy Cross history. 

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