Sophomore Julie Matthias
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Sophomore Julie Matthias

Crusaders Take Down Franklin Pierce, 3-0

Holy Cross Athletics   11-22-2016

THE BASICS:

Score: Holy Cross 3, Franklin Pierce 0
Records: Holy Cross (7-0-0, 5-0-0 NEHC); Franklin Pierce (7-2-0, 4-2-0 NEHC)
Location: Worcester, Mass. (Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex)
Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Time: 7:05 p.m.
The Lead: The Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team remains undefeated on the season, as junior goaltender Tessie Salatas picked up her first career shutout, making 22 saves and earning an assist, while the Crusaders skated to a 3-0 win over Franklin Pierce at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex on Tuesday night.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Holy Cross took an early 1-0 lead in the first period. At the 12:49 mark, sophomore forward Sam Girard and senior forward Elizabeth Scala charged the net with a two-on-one advantage. Scala handled the puck down the wing, delivering a pass to Girard who shot the puck from the hash marks for a blocker side top corner score. Sophomore defender Jackie Gellner picked up her first assist of the season on the goal.
  • Holy Cross outshot Franklin Pierce, 14-7 in the first period.
  • The Crusaders held their one-goal lead through the scoreless second period, as each side had scoring opportunities on the power play.
  • The Ravens went 0-for-3 on second period power plays, each killed by Holy Cross, as Salatas  made seven stops during this span. Holy Cross went 0-for-2 on power plays in the second period, but outshot Franklin Pierce, 8-7.
  • The Crusaders extended its lead to 3-0 in the third period to secure the win.
  • Prior to the scoring, the Crusaders had a five-on-three advantage at the 7:12 mark, due to the Ravens suffering back-to-back penalties. During the power play, Holy Cross fired five shots, each saved by Franklin Pierce goaltender Shannon O’Neil.
  • Then at 13:42, junior co-captain forward Kara Violette received the puck from Girard before releasing a shot from the upper slot that traveled glove side, off the pipe and into the net, increasing Holy Cross’ lead to 2-0.
  • Down by two, the Ravens pulled their goalie for the extra skater advantage during a power play at 18:10. With the empty net, sophomore forward Julie Matthias won the puck with 1:43 left on the clock and shot it from the Crusaders’ defensive zone for a short-handed goal. Both Salatas and junior forward Emily Lissner earned assists on the score.
  • Shots were even at 8-8 in the third period, as Holy Cross held onto the 3-0 win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Salatas earned the win, picking up her fifth consecutive victory this season for Holy Cross, making 22 saves to keep a clean slate. Salatas also earned an assist.
  • O’Neil made 27 saves and allowed two goals to take the loss for the Ravens.
  • Holy Cross outshot Franklin Pierce 30-22.
  • The Crusaders went 0-for-4 on the power play, while Franklin Pierce went 0-for-5.

 BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • With the win tonight, the Crusaders tied the all-time series facing Franklin Pierce at 4-4.
  • Violette has tallied at least one point in her last 12 games played. She leads the Crusaders with 14 points this year.
  • Girard has notched at least two points in three straight games. She leads the team with seven goals this season.
  • Salatas holds an 19-0-0 career record in net. She picked up her first career shutout and ranks seventh all-time in the school’s history in wins.

UP NEXT:

  • Holy Cross hits the road on Saturday, Nov. 26 for a non-conference matchup, when the Crusaders travel to Brunswick, Maine to face Bowdoin at 7:00 p.m.

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