The Crusaders advance to their ninth-straight NEHC Open Tournament title game.
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The Crusaders advance to their ninth-straight NEHC Open Tournament title game.

Crusaders Advance To NEHC Open Tournament Championship With 3-0 Win Over Franklin Pierce

Holy Cross Athletics   02-25-2017

THE BASICS:

Score: Holy Cross 3, Franklin Pierce 0
Records: Holy Cross (22-4-0, 14-3-0 NEHC); Franklin Pierce (18-7-1, 12-5-0 NEHC)
Location: Shelton, Conn. (Sports Center of Connecticut) 
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m.
The Lead: Three different Crusaders found the back of the net, as the Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team shutout Franklin Pierce, 3-0, in the semi-final round of the NEHC Open Tournament in Shelton, Conn. on Saturday. Holy Cross will make its ninth-straight appearance to the NEHC Open Tournament Championship game.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • With back and forth action in the opening period, junior co-captain forward Kara Violette scored on a wrist shot from the middle slot to put the Crusaders ahead, 1-0 at the 10:50 mark.
  • Holy Cross held onto its one-goal lead at the first intermission, outshooting Franklin Pierce by a 10-5 margin.
  • Shots were 22-2 in favor of Holy Cross, as the Crusaders controlled the tempo of the game in the second period and brought its 1-0 lead into the final frame. The Crusaders went 0-2 on second period power plays, while Franklin Pierce went 0-1.
  • Holy Cross expanded out to a 3-0 lead in the third period with goals from senior co-captain defender Isabela Bagi and sophomore forward Aubrey Ashmun.
  • First, Bagi scored on an unassisted lower glove-side wrist shot from the point at the 10:34 mark, before Ashmun netted a third Crusader goal with 8:12 left on the clock.
  • The Crusaders fended off a six-on-four extra-attacker power play in the third period and outshot the Ravens, 9-3, to capture the 3-0 victory.

 INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Holy Cross outshot Franklin Pierce 41-10.
  • Junior goaltender Tessie Salatas made 10 saves while in net for Holy Cross to earn her fifth shutout this season, as Shannon O’Neil took the loss for Franklin Pierce, making 38 saves.
  • The Crusaders went 0-4 on the power play, while the Ravens went 0-3.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Senior forward Elizabeth Scala has tallied at least one point in the last 13 games she has played in. She has 29 points on 13 goals and 16 assists and 52 career points on 26 goals and 26 assists.
  • Violette ranks eighth all-time in the program’s history with 44 career goals and 10th all-time with 93 career points.
  • Holy Cross went 3-1 on the season versus Franklin Pierce. The Crusaders are now ahead of Franklin Pierce, 6-4-0 in the two teams’ all-time series.
  • Holy Cross has made nine-straight appearances in the NEHC title game and 12 all-time appearances in the championship.
  • The Crusaders have won the NEHC Open Tournament six times (2003, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2016).
  • Senior forward Meghan O'Donnell picked up her first point of the season with an assist. She has eight career points on four goals and four assists.

UP NEXT:

  • Holy Cross returns to action tomorrow in Shelton, Conn. for the NEHC Open Tournament Championship at 4:00 p.m. The Crusaders will play the winner of the second semi-final game featuring Sacred Heart and St. Anselm.

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