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Women’s Ice Hockey 2016-2017 Season In Review

Holy Cross Athletics   03-02-2017

WORCESTER, Mass. – After shutting-out Franklin Pierce, 3-0, in the NEHC Open Tournament semifinal on Feb. 25, the Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team (22-5-0, 14-3-0 NEHC) concluded its 2016-2017 campaign in the championship game with a 3-2 overtime thriller loss to St. Anselm on Feb. 26.


FIVE CRUSADERS EARN NEHC ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS

  • Junior co-captain forward Kara Violette was named NEHC Player of the Year, as well as first team All-NEHC, while sophomore forward Sam Girard and senior co-captain defender Isabela Bagi each were named second team All-NEHC. Senior forward Elizabeth Scala earned third team All-NEHC honors, as freshman defender Hannah Gillis was selected to the NEHC All-Rookie team.
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  • Violette and Scala were additionally named to the NEHC Open All-Tournament team.

NEHC PERFORMANCE

  • With its 14-3-0 NEHC record, Holy Cross finished third overall in the conference’s regular season before the team made its ninth-straight appearance in the NEHC Open Tournament title game and 12th all-time appearance to the championship.
  • Allowing just 39 goals on the year, Holy Cross closed the season ranked third in the league with a 1.44 goals per game scoring defense. The Crusaders outscored their opponents by a 100-39 margin this season.
  • Leading the Crusaders with 35 points on 19 goals and 16 assists, Violette ended the year ranked fourth in the league in scoring. Her 19 goals ranked first in the NEHC, while her 16 assists were tied for 11th.
  • Girard’s five power play scores were tied for eighth in the NEHC, while her six game-winning goals stood second in the league. Her 17 goals were tied for third in the conference.
  • From Dec. 6-Feb. 25, Scala notched at least one point in 13 games played. She ended the season tied for 11th in the NEHC with 13 goals and 16 assists for 29 points.
  • Bagi concluded the season tied for ninth in the conference in defenseman scoring with 10 assists and four goals for 14 points.
  • Junior goaltender Tessie Salatas finished third in the conference with a 1.37 goals against average and an 11-4-0 record.

CRUSADERS IN THE RECORD BOOK

  • Salatas finished the year ranked top 10 in four separate statistical categories in the program’s record book. Salatas ended the season 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, while her 25 career wins are seventh all-time.
  • Violette closed the season tied for seventh all-time in the program’s history with 45 career goals and tied for ninth all-time with 93 career points. She became just the second Crusader in the program’s history to earn a conference Player of the Year award, joining Stacey Hochkins ’12, who was named ECAC East Player of the Year in 2010.
  • Bagi ended her career ranked fifth all-time in Holy Cross history with 54 career assists. She adds 26 career goals for 80 career points.
  • Both Girard and sophomore forward Julie Matthias are now tied for ninth in Holy Cross’ all-time history with eight career game-winning goals each. Girard led the team with six game-winners this season, which are tied for second all-time in the program’s single season history.
  • Girard also led the team with five power play goals this season, which are tied for 10th all-time in the program’s single season history.

DOMINATING THE HOME ICE

  • Coming off an undefeated home-slate in 2015-2016, Holy Cross posted an 11-1 record in Worcester this season. The Crusaders outscored their opponents, 50-18 on home ice this year.
  • The Crusaders broke Norwich’s seven-game winning streak versus Holy Cross during their 2-1 win at home on Feb. 4. The Crusaders posted their first win over Norwich since 2008 when Holy Cross took down the Cadets, 3-2 on Nov. 21.  
  • From Feb. 25, 2015-Feb. 4, 2017, the Crusaders had a 24-game winning streak at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex, which stands as the longest home winning streak in the program’s history.

HOLY CROSS CAPTURES FIFTH-STRAIGHT RHI TITLE

  • Winning its fifth straight Rutland Herald Invitational championship, the Crusaders remain undefeated in the tournament’s history, having competed in all five years of its existence. Holy Cross is 10-0-0 in Rutland Herald Invitational action.
  • The Crusaders defeated two first-time opponents in SUNY Canton and Endicott at the tournament. With its 4-0 win in the title game, Holy Cross broke Endicott’s winning streak, as the Gulls entered the game undefeated with a 12-0-1 record.
  • Scala and Violette were both named to the Rutland Herald Invitational All-Tournament team, as Girard earned the tournament’s MVP award.

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