Senior Elizabeth Scala
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Senior Elizabeth Scala

Women's Ice Hockey Wins Fourth Straight Game in 3-1 Victory Over St. Michaelís

Holy Cross Athletics   11-05-2016

THE BASICS:

Score: Holy Cross 3, St. Michael’s 1
Records: Holy Cross (4-0-0, 2-0-0 NEHC); St. Michael’s (0-4-0, 0-2-0 NEHC)
Location: South Burlington, Vt. (C. Douglas Cairns Recreation Arena)
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 1:00 p.m.
The Lead: Senior co-captain defender Erin Hall, senior forward Elizabeth Scala and freshman defender Hannah Gillis combined for six points, as the Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team skated past St. Michael’s, 3-1, in South Burlington, Vt. on Saturday afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The first period remained scoreless, as both teams were unable to find the back of the net.
  • Holy Cross had a power play opportunity at 9:39, firing seven shots on target during this frame, but each were stopped by the Purple Knights’ goaltender Tina Frasca.
  • St. Michael’s then had back-to-back power plays, each killed by the Holy Cross defense. The first power play started at 12:35 before the second started at 15:56.
  • Holy Cross outshot St. Michael’s, 11-2 in the first period. The Purple Knights went 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Crusaders went 0-for-1.
  • Thirty seconds into the second period, junior co-captain forward Kara Violette fired a shot that hit off the pipe.
  • The Crusaders kept the pressure high, hitting six consecutive shots but couldn’t find a goal, as Frasca picked up four saves during that span. Then at the 5:37 mark, sophomore defender Tori Messina netted the first goal for Holy Cross, as Scala and Gillis each tallied their first points of the season with the assists.
  • A total of five power plays were to follow, as both sides were unable to capitalize on the extra skater advantage.
  • Holy Cross held a 1-0 lead over St. Michael’s at the end of the second period, as the Crusaders outshot the Purple Knights, 25-9. Both teams were 0-for-4 on the power play after two periods.
  • Hall increased the Crusaders lead to 2-0 20 seconds into the third period on an unassisted goal.
  • Seventeen seconds later, the Purple Knights responded with a score, trimming the deficit to one goal (2-1).
  • Scala then scored on a power play at 4:13 to give the Crusaders a 3-1 advantage with Hall and Gillis each picking up their second point of the night with the assists.
  • St. Michael’s had the following two power play opportunities. First at 7:47, the Purple Knights fired five shots during a power play, as Junior goaltender Tessie Salatas made three saves during this span to prevent a goal. Then at 12:52, Holy Cross killed a second penalty, keeping St. Michael’s shot free during its advantage.
  • Holy Cross held onto the 3-1 lead for the rest of the game to secure the victory.

  INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Salatas made 19 stops and allowed one goal to earn the win in net for Holy Cross.
  • Frasca had 34 saves and allowed three goals to take the loss for the Purple Knights.
  • Holy Cross outshot St. Michael’s, 37-20.
  • Holy Cross went 1-for-4 on the power play, while St. Michael’s went 0-for-7.

 BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Holy Cross remains undefeated against St. Michael’s, holding the all-time series record 37-0-1.
  • Hall notched her fourth career game-winner with her first goal of the season.
  • Messina scored her second career goal.
  • Gillis is the first freshman to tally a point for the Crusaders this season with her two assists.
  • Scala notched her first two points this season with her assist and power play goal. She has 25 career points with 15 goals and 10 assists. She has a total of six career power play scores.
  • Salatas holds a 16-0-0 career record in net. She now ranks seventh all-time in the school’s history in wins.

 UP NEXT

  • Holy Cross returns to action next weekend at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex where the Crusaders will host New England College on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1:00 p.m.

KEEP CONNECTED:

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