Junior Tessie Salatas
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Junior Tessie Salatas

Crusaders Edged By St. Anselm, 3-2

Holy Cross Athletics   12-02-2016

THE BASICS:

Score: St. Anselm 3, Holy Cross 2
Records: Holy Cross (8-2-0, 5-1-0 NEHC); St. Anselm (8-1-0, 7-1-0 NEHC)
Location: Manchester, N.H. (Sullivan Arena)
Date: Friday, December 2, 2016
Time: 4:00 p.m.
The Lead: Sophomore forwards Maeve Reilly and Julie Matthias both scored a goal for the Crusaders, but the Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team was edged by St. Anselm, 3-2 on the road in Manchester, N.H. on Friday night.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Hawks found the back of the net at the 12:14 mark to take an early 1-0 lead in the opening period. Sara McNamara hit a one-timer from just over the goal line to beat Holy Cross junior goaltender Tessie Salatas on her stick side.
  • St. Anselm had the only power play of the first period with 2:03 left on the clock, as Holy Cross fought back to earn the penalty kill and prevent any further damage.
  • The Hawks led 1-0 at the end of the first period, as the Crusaders trailed by a 12-2 margin in shots.
  • Holy Cross tallied two straight power play goals to take a 2-1 lead to start the second period.
  • First on a power play at the 1:30 mark, sophomore defender Tori Messina fired a shot from the point that was saved by the goalie. On the rebound, sophomore forward Maeve Reilly hit a wrist shot from the upper slot that traveled over the left shoulder of  Maddie Scavotto for a goal.
  • Then with 13:37 left to play in the second frame, sophomore forward Julie Matthias earned a second Holy Cross power play goal, poking the puck into the cage from inches outside the crease for a score. Messina earned an assist on the goal.
  • St. Anselm responded with two goals to regain a one-goal lead in the second period. The first score came on a power play with 7:45 left on the clock, as Alex Starzyk netted a goal to even the score at 2-2. Amanda Conger then tallied a third goal for the Hawks at 14:36 to make it a 3-2 game.
  • St. Anselm led 11-8 in second period shots, while the Crusaders went 2-for-3 on the power play and the Hawks went 1-for-5.
  • Holy Cross outshot St. Anselm, 15-8 in the third period but couldn’t find the equalizer, as the Hawks held onto the 3-2 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Salatas made 25 saves, allowing three goals to take her second loss of her career. She is now 5-2-0 on the season and 19-2-0 on her career.
  • Scavotto made 23 stops and allowed two goals to earn the win for St. Anselm.  
  • St. Anselm outshot Holy Cross, 28-25.
  • The Crusaders went 2-for-6 on the power play, while St. Anselm went 1-for-5.

 BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Matthias has tallied at least one goal in four straight games. She has 10 points this season consisting of seven goals and three assists.
  • Reilly has scored at least one point in three straight games. She has three goals and three assists for six points.
  • Reilly and Matthias each notched their second power play goals of the season.

UP NEXT:

  • Holy Cross returns to action on Tuesday, Dec. 6, when the Crusaders host NESCAC opponent No. 9 Connecticut College at 7:05 p.m. for the final home game before the new year at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex.

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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