Crusaders Set To Host Nichols And Norwich
|Game 20: HOLY CROSS (16-3-0, 9-2-0 NEHC) VS. NICHOLS (0-18-1, 0-11-0 NEHC)|
|DATE:||Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7:05 p.m.||LOCATION:||Worcester, Mass.|
|SERIES RECORD:||Holy Cross leads, 14-0-0||LAST MEETING:||7-0, Holy Cross (Feb. 19, 2016)|
|LIVE STATS:||NeuLion Stats||LIVE VIDEO:||Patriot League Network|
|Game 21: HOLY CROSS (17-3-0, 10-2-0 NEHC) VS. NORWICH (15-4-1, 11-1-0 NEHC)|
|DATE:||Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2:05 p.m.||LOCATION:||Worcester, Mass.|
|SERIES RECORD:||Norwich leads, 9-2-2||LAST MEETING:||2-1, Norwich (Feb. 20, 2016)|
|LIVE STATS:||NeuLion Stats||LIVE VIDEO:||N/A|
The Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team returns to home ice for two conference games this week. The Crusaders will host Nichols on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7:05 p.m. before taking on Norwich on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2:05 p.m. at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex for the team’s Pink The Rink matchup.
Thursday’s contest will be streamed live on Patriot League Network and will feature Justin Moore and Jared Crosby, who will be calling the game.
PINK THE RINK
- The Crusaders will be hosting their annual Pink the Rink game on Saturday against Norwich. The team will be wearing pink laces on their jerseys and wrapping their sticks with pink tape in support of those who suffer from breast cancer.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CRUSADERS
- Holy Cross (16-3-0, 9-2-0 NEHC) bounced back last weekend with a win, shutting-out UMass-Boston, 3-0 on the road, as the Crusaders remain locked in third place in the NEHC with Manhattanville.
- Holy Cross has won nine of its last 11 games, outscoring its opponents by a 34-13 margin during this span.
- The Crusaders are undefeated at home this season, holding a 8-0-0 record at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. Holy Cross has now won 21 straight games at home carried over from the previous two seasons, which is the longest home winning streak in the program's history.
- At home this season, Holy Cross has netted 33 goals, while holding opponents to just nine goals on the year with a 1.10 scoring defense.
- Leading the way for Holy Cross is junior co-captain Kara Violette with a NEHC third-ranked 25 points on 12 goals and 13 assists. Violette has tallied at least one point in the past eight of nine games. Her 12 goals are tied for first in the league with sophomore forward Sam Girard and Manhattanville’s Nicole Mensi.
- Girard joins Violette among the NEHC’s top-10 scorers, taking the ninth-place spot with 12 goals and eight assists for 20 points. Her four game-winners this season are second in the conference.
- Junior Tessie Salatas and freshman Marcia LaPlante have been splitting time in the cage for the Crusaders. Most recently, LaPlante captured her third career shutout in the 3-0 win over UMass-Boston on Jan. 27, as she improved to a 6-0-0 record this season with a .949 save percentage. Salatas holds a .918 save percentage with a 1.56 goals against average for a 7-3-0 record this season.
- The Crusaders stand third in the NEHC in scoring defense, allowing just 1.37 goals per game, while averaging a conference fourth-ranked 3.58 goals per game scoring offense.
SCALA NAMED C&R TIRE CRUSADER OF THE WEEK
- Senior forward Elizabeth Scala was named the C&R Tire Crusader of the week for competition from Jan. 23-29. Scala netted two goals in the Crusaders’ 3-0 win over UMass-Boston last Friday. She has scored at least one point in the last six games she has played in. To read the story, click here.
SCOUTING THE BISON
- Nichols searches for its first win of the year with a 0-18-1 overall record and 0-11-0 NEHC mark. The Bison are coming off an 8-2 loss to St. Michael’s.
- The Crusaders are undefeated against Nichols with a 14-0-0 all-time series record. In the two teams’ most recent contest, Holy Cross downed the Bison, 7-0 on Feb. 19, 2016.
- Nichols is led by Laura Christie, who has four points on two goals and two assists.
- Wil Brown is in his fourth season as head coach of Nichols.
SCOUTING THE CADETS
- Norwich is second in the NEHC with a 14-3-1 overall record and is 10-1-0 in conference play after most recently taking down Southern Maine and the University of New England last weekend. The Cadets will travel to Castleton and Middlebury before heading to Worcester.
- Norwich has come out on top in the past seven contests versus Holy Cross and leads the all-time series, 9-2-2. The Cadets most recently defeated the Crusaders, 2-1 on Feb. 20, 2016.
- Two of the NEHC’s top-10 scorers are on the Cadets’ roster, including Sarah Schwenzfeier (21 points, nine goals, 12 assists) and Kim Tiberi (20 points, four goals, 16 assists).
- Norwich stands second in the league in both scoring offense (4.06 goals per game) and scoring defense (1.28 goals per game).
- Norwich has allowed a league-low 23 goas this year.
- Laurie King has spent the most time in net for Norwich, holding a conference-best 12-0-1 record with a .953 save percentage and 0.88 save percentage.
- Mark Bolding is in his 10th season at the helm of Norwich, entering the year with a 195-54-16 career record.