Senior Isabela Bagi
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Senior Isabela Bagi

Women's Ice Hockey Downs Nichols, 9-1

Holy Cross Athletics   02-02-2017

THE BASICS:

Score: Holy Cross 9, Nichols 1
Records: Holy Cross (17-3-0, 10-2-0 NEHC); Nichols (0-19-1, 0-12-0 NEHC)
Location: Worcester, Mass. (Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex)
Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Time: 7:05 p.m.
The Lead:  Senior forward Elizabeth Scala, senior co-captain defender Isabela Bagi and sophomore forward Danielle Doherty combined for 10 points for the Crusaders, as the Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team downed Nichols, 9-1, at home on Thursday night. The Crusaders remain undefeated at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex with a 9-0-0 record this year.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Crusaders dominated the first period, outshooting the Bison by a 30-1 margin and scoring four goals.
  • Junior co-captain forward Kara Violette sparked the scoring frenzy at the 11:04 mark, notching a goal from the lower slot in a scrum just outside the crease.
  • Violette then netted her second goal of the night at 14:16 on a power play, placing her own rebounded shot to the back of the net.
  • Sophomore forward Julie Matthias increased Holy Cross to a 3-0 lead at the 15:22 mark, smashing a one-timer for a goal off a saved shot originally fired by sophomore defender Tori Messina, who picked up an assist.
  • Bagi extended the Crusaders’ lead to 4-0 with under three minutes left before the first intermission on a wrist shot fired from the point.
  • The Crusaders went 1-2 on the only two power plays in the opening period.
  • Holy Cross carried the momentum into the second period, firing 22 shots on net, while the Bison only put one shot on target.
  • Scala scored 1:21 into the second period delivering a one-timer from the lower slot past the stick-side of the goaltender, as Holy Cross took a 5-0 advantage.
  • Nichols then answered under three minutes later, as Jill Hannigan knocked a backhanded shot into the bottom right corner of the net to cut the deficit to four goals (5-1).
  • However, the Crusaders earned the final goal of the second period on a score from sophomore forward Aubrey Ashmun, who powered her way through the slot, slinging a wrist shot to the lower left pocket. Holy Cross entered the final frame with a 6-1 lead.
  • The Crusaders scored three more times in the third period to pull away with the 9-1 win.
  • First at 1:39, sophomore forward Maeve Reilly handled the puck from the red line, before beating the goaltender on a move and finessing the puck on a glove-side wrist shot.
  • Next, Ashmun won the puck in the neutral zone during a Bison power play, to put the Crusaders on a two-on-one advantage. Ashmun then passed the puck to Doherty, who scored a short-handed goal at the 7:20 mark.
  • Scala earned the final goal of the night for Holy Cross during a power play at the 8:36 mark, hitting a rebounded shot from the upper slot for a stick-side score, as the Crusaders skated away with the 9-1 victory.

 INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Holy Cross was led by Scala who earned four points on two goals and two assists.
  • Bagi and Doherty both had three-point games, while senior co-captain defender Erin Hall, Violette and Ashmun each tallied two points.
  • The Crusaders outshot Nichols, 71-3. The Crusaders posted 68 more shots on net than Nichols, which is the largest shooting deficit Holy Cross has held over an opponent in 15 seasons.
  • Sophomore goaltender Alex Barnes spent the first two periods in net for the Crusaders, making one save to earn the win, before sophomore goaltender Siobhan Burke made her first appearance of the season to close-out the game through the third period with one save. Cassandra Goyette made 62 saves but took the loss for Nichols.
  • Holy Cross went 2-4 on the power play, while Nichols went 0-2.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Holy Cross improves to a 15-0-0 all-time record versus Nichols.
  • Holy Cross has won 10 of its last 12 games, outscoring its opponents by a 43-14 margin during this span.
  • The Crusaders are undefeated at home this season, holding a 9-0-0 record at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. Holy Cross has now won 22 straight games at home carried over from the previous two seasons, which is the longest home winning streak in the program’s history.
  • Violette has scored at least one point in the past nine of 10 games. She leads the team with 27 points on 14 goals and 13 assists, while ranking 10th all-time in Holy Cross history with 40 goals and 45 assists for 85 points.
  • Scala has tallied at least one point in the last seven games she has played in. She has 22 points on 11 goals and 11 assists and 45 career points on 24 goals and 21 assists.
  • Scala’s four points is a career high. She now leads the team with three power play goals this season and has eight career power play goals.
  • Ashmun’s two points on her goal and assist are a career high. She has four points on two goals and two assists this season.

UP NEXT:

  • Holy Cross returns to the ice on Saturday, Feb. 4 for its annual Pink the Rink game against Norwich at home at 2:05 p.m.

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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