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Women's Ice Hockey Downs Colby 6-2 On The Road

Holy Cross Athletics   12-10-2016

THE BASICS:

Score: Holy Cross 6, Colby 2
Records: Holy Cross (10-2-0, 5-1-0 NEHC); Colby (0-6-2, 0-3-1 NESCAC)
Location: Waterville, Maine (Alfond Rink)
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 3:00 p.m.
The Lead: Down by one at the start of the game, six different Crusaders found the back of the net for the Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team, as Holy Cross skated past Colby, 6-2, in non-conference action on Saturday evening.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Crusaders were trailing early in the game, as Colby scored at the 2:44 mark of the first period to give the Mules a 1-0 lead. Cassidy Holzer found the back of the net for Colby, redirecting a rebounded one-timer that beat sophomore goaltender Alex Barnes on her glove side.
  • The Crusaders then tied the game at 5:05 with junior co-captain forward Kara Violette tallying a goal after beating a defender from the lower slot to make it a 1-1 game.
  • On a power play with 31 seconds remaining in the period, Holy Cross netted the go-ahead goal. Sophomore forward Sam Girard scored her second power play goal of the season, redirecting a shot from the slot to put the Crusaders up, 2-1 at the end of the opening period.
  • The Crusaders outshot the Mules, 12-8, as Holy Cross went 1-for-3 on power plays in the first period, while the Mules went 0-for-2.
  • Holy Cross posted two more scores in the second period to expand out to a 4-1 margin.
  • On a delayed penalty early in the second period, Holy Cross pulled its goaltender for a six-on-five advantage. Sophomore forward Maeve Reilly then notched a third goal for Holy Cross on the extra skater advantage at 1:16, giving the Crusaders a 3-1 lead.
  • Next at the 6:44 mark, senior forward Elizabeth Scala handled the puck down the left flank, deked a defender and scored a fourth unanswered Holy Cross goal with a blocker-side wrist shot, as the Crusaders moved out to a 4-1 advantage.
  • Holy Cross outshot Colby by a 10-4 margin in the second period with both sides going 0-for-1 on the power play.
  • The Mules responded with a score at 7:06 in the third period to close in on two goals with Holy Cross ahead, 4-2. Mikayla McLaughlin ripped a slap shot from the point that traveled past the glove of Barnes and into the net.
  • Under two minutes later, the Crusaders answered with another pair of goals. Senior co-captain defender Isabela Bagi took a rip from distance that deflected off a defender and into the cage for her first goal of the season at the 8:44 mark. Just under a minute later, freshman defender Hannah Gillis delivered a powerful shot from the point with 10:15 left in the game for the Crusaders’ sixth goal of the evening, as Holy Cross pulled away with a 6-2 lead. Gillis registered her first career goal on the score.
  • Holy Cross fended off another four power plays in the third period to remain perfect on the penalty kill with Colby outshooting the Crusaders, 9-8. Holy Cross held onto the 6-2 victory at the final buzzer.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Six skaters for Holy Cross recorded two points to lead the team, including Violette (one goal, one assist), Gillis (one goal, one assist), Scala (one goal, one assist), Bagi (one goal, one assist), Reilly (one goal, one assist) and senior co-captain defender Erin Hall (two assists).
  • Barnes made 19 saves and allowed two goals to earn the win for the Crusaders. She now holds a .933 save percentage with a 1.50 goals against average for a 3-0-0 record this season.
  • Halley Fine made 24 stops and allowed six goals to take the loss for Colby.  
  • The Crusaders outshot the Mules, 30-21.
  • Holy Cross went 1-for-5 on the power play, while Colby went 0-for-7.

 BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Matthias has tallied at least one point in six games. She has 13 points this season consisting of eight goals and five assists.
  • Reilly has scored at least one point in five consecutive games. She has five goals and four assists for nine points this year.
  • Bagi and Gillis both earned their first goals of the season. Bagi now has 23 career goals, as Gillis picked up her first career goal.
  • Violette leads the Crusaders with 17 points on eight goals and nine assists this season.
  • Holy Cross is 3-1 against NESCAC opponents this year. The Crusaders are 36-38-8 all-time when facing NESCAC foes.
  • The Crusaders lead the all-time series versus Colby, 7-3-2. The last time Holy Cross defeated the Mules on the road was during the 2012-2013 season, when Holy Cross won 3-1 on Jan. 15.

UP NEXT:

  • The 2016-2017 season will resume on Jan. 7-8, when Holy Cross travels to Rutland, Vt. for the Castleton Tournament.

KEEP CONNECTED:

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