Sophomore Julie Matthias
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Mark Seliger Photography
Sophomore Julie Matthias

Women's Ice Hockey Stays Undefeated In 10-1 Victory Over NEC At Home

Holy Cross Athletics   11-12-2016

THE BASICS:

Score: Holy Cross 10, New England College 1
Records: Holy Cross (5-0-0, 3-0-0 NEHC); NEC (1-4-0, 1-3-0 NEHC)
Location: Worcester, Mass. (Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex)
Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 1:05 p.m.
The Lead: Nine different Crusaders found the back of the net, as the Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team soared past New England College, 10-1, in Worcester on Saturday afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Holy Cross entered the ice with energy right from the start, jumping out to a two-goal lead in the first period.
  • Senior forward Elizabeth Scala began the scoring frenzy for Holy Cross, netting the first goal of the game. She gained control of the loose puck in the lower slot at the 3:47 mark, before beating New England College goalie Ashley Castriotta on her lower glove side. Freshman defender Hannah Gillis picked up her third assist of the year on the score, as sophomore forward Sam Girard earned a secondary assist.
  • Next at 6:47, junior forward Kelsey Goostrey increased the Crusaders’ lead to 2-0 after slapping another loose puck from the lower slot into the net off a shot fired by sophomore defender Tori Messina.
  • Freshman forward Marissa Higgins kept the scoring alive for the Crusaders in the first period when she stuffed the puck into the stick side corner of the net at 12:27 for her first career score. Girard registered her second assist of the season on the goal.
  • The Pilgrims responded with just 20 seconds remaining in the first period, as GinaBeth Mangianello posted a power play goal from the middle slot on a backhanded shot.
  • Holy Cross remained ahead, 3-1, after the first period, leading 15-8 in shots, as New England College went 1-for-2 on the power play.
  • The action picked up in the second period, as the Crusaders tallied four unanswered goals to move ahead to a 7-1 edge.
  • At the 9:18 mark, junior forward Emily Lissner notched her first point of the year to give Holy Cross a 4-1 lead, picking the glove side top corner of the net, using a wrist shot for a short-handed score. 
  • Sophomore forward Julie Matthias joined the scoring at the 13:25 mark of the second period, taking a snap shot that traveled past Castriotta’s stick side for her second goal this season. Sophomore forward Maeve Reilly earned her first assist of the year on the score.
  • Towards the end of the frame, Scala tallied her second goal of the night at 17:10 on a backhanded stick side goal, with junior co-captain forward Kara Violette and Gillis securing assists. Freshman forward Sarah Stevens then netted her first career goal with just 1:15 left to play in the second period. Stevens received the puck through the middle ice from sophomore forward Danielle Doherty, who picked up her first point of the season on the assist.
  • With a 7-1 advantage, Holy Cross outshot New England College, 22-2 in the second period, as the Pilgrims went 0-for-2 on the only two power plays during this frame.
  • The Crusaders moved out to a 10-1 lead, scoring three more times before the final buzzer.
  • Violette had a breakaway at 5:45 in the third period, receiving the puck from Scala, before beating the goalie stick side for the score.
  • Gellner followed with her first goal of the year at the 10:24 mark on a slap shot from the left faceoff circle that traveled over the blocker side of Castriotta and into the net. Freshman Maeve Christ picked up her first career point on the assist. 
  • Sophomore forward Amanda Kewer recorded the final goal of the game with 3:38 left to play to earn her first score of the year, as Stevens tallied her second point of the game and first career assist on the goal.
  • Holy Cross secured the 10-1 victory, leading in shots, 12-5, as the Pilgrims went 0-for-2 on the only pair of power plays during the third period.

  INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Scala led the team with three points on her two goals and assist.
  • Junior goaltender Tessie Salatas was in the cage for the first two periods for Holy Cross to secure the win, making nine stops and allowing one goal. Sophomore goaltender Alex Barnes entered the game in the third period, making five saves for the Crusaders.
  • Castriotta had 39 saves and allowed 10 goals to take the loss for the Pilgrims.
  • Holy Cross outshot New England College 49-15.
  • New England College went 1-6 on power plays.

 BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • The Crusaders’ 10 goals scored is the most goals Holy Cross has scored in a single game, plus the highest margin the team has won by since 2009, when the Crusaders downed Plymouth State, 13-2 on Feb. 19.
  • Holy Cross leads the series all-time against New England College, 17-4-3.
  • Violette has tallied at least one point in her last 10 games played.
  • The Crusaders are off to their best start to a season with a 5-0-0 mark and 3-0-0 NEHC record since 2011.
  • Salatas holds a 17-0-0 career record in net. She 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 Southern Maine on Friday, Nov. 18 at 6:05 p.m.

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