Sophomore Tori Messina
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Sophomore Tori Messina

Women's Ice Hockey Skates Past Plymouth State, 5-3

Holy Cross Athletics   11-04-2016

THE BASICS:

Score: Holy Cross 5, Plymouth State 3
Records: Holy Cross (3-0-0, 1-0-0 NEHC); Plymouth State (0-2-1, 0-1-0 NEHC)
Location: Holderness, N.H. (Hanaway Rink)
Date: Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.
The Lead: Junior co-captain forward Kara Violette led Holy Cross with four points, as the Crusaders defeated Plymouth State, 5-3, in Holy Cross’ opening NEHC matchup on the road on Friday night.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Crusaders skated to a 2-0 advantage to start the game in the first period.
  • At the 8:39 mark, sophomore defender Tori Messina tallied a power play goal for her first score of the season to put Holy Cross ahead, 1-0. Violette and senior co-captain defender Erin Hall each had an assist on the goal.
  • Then with 8:46 left in the period, sophomore forward Sam Girard registered a second Crusader goal with Violette picking up her second assist of the game.
  • Holy Cross led 15-6 in shots, while going 1-for-2 on the power play in the first period.
  • The Panthers responded in the second period  and tied the game at 2-2 with two goals scored within a 2:14 frame.
  • Shannon Hickey picked up both the goals for Plymouth State, as Courtney Evans Registered a pair of assists. Hickey posted the first score at 14:08 before tallying another on a power play at 16:22 bring the game to a tie.
  • In the second Period, the Crusaders outshot the Panthers, 13-11, as Holy Cross went 0-for-1 on the Power Play and Plymouth State went 1-for-3.
  • With the Crusaders down a skater, Girard started the third period with a short-handed score at the 1:04 mark to put Holy Cross back on top. Violette had an assist on the goal.
  • Shortly after at 3:17, junior forward Kelsey Goostrey increased the Crusaders’ lead to two goals with the score 4-2 after finding the back of the net for her first score of the season.
  • At 5:21, Violette recorded her fourth point of the game, claiming the Crusaders’ fifth goal, as Holy Cross moved out to a three-goal advantage.
  • Plymouth State quickly answered with a third score just 0:31 later, as Kelsey Roy netted the Panther goal, trimming the deficit to two.
  • Before the final buzzer, Holy Cross had a couple power play opportunities, while Plymouth State had just one, but both sides couldn’t capitalize, as the score remained the same with the Crusaders securing the 5-3 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Junior goaltender Tessie Salatas made her first start of the season with 18 saves, allowing three goals to earn the win in net for Holy Cross.
  • Emelie Lindqvist had 44 stops and allowed five goals to take the loss for Plymouth State.
  • Holy Cross outshot Plymouth State, 49-21.
  • Both sides went 1-for-5 on the power play.

 BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • The Crusaders have started conference play with a win for the past four years.
  • Holy Cross remains undefeated against Plymouth State, leading the all-time series, 13-0-0.
  • Violette has scored at least one point in her last eight games played. She now has 29 goals, 36 assists and 65 points in her career. She leads the team with seven points in three goals and four assists on the season.
  • Messina picked up her first career goal tonight, good for her first point of the season. She has a total of nine points in her career.
  • Girard currently leads the Crusaders with four goals. She has tallied a goal in each game this season. Her short-handed goal tonight was the first of her career. She has 18 career goals.
  • With her first point of the season, Goostrey notched her third career game-winner.
  • Hall tallied her second assist this season. She has 22 career assists.
  • Salatas holds a 15-0-0 record in net. She is one win away from ranking seventh all-time in the school’s history in wins.

 UP NEXT

  • The Crusaders will head to South Burlington, Vt. tomorrow for a game against St. Michael’s at 1:00 p.m.

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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