Senior Meghan O'Donnell
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Senior Meghan O'Donnell

Women's Ice Hockey Concludes Regular Season Slate At Home

Holy Cross Athletics   02-15-2017
Game 24: HOLY CROSS (20-3-0, 13-2-0 NEHC) VS. ST. ANSELM (18-2-3, 13-1-1 NEHC)
DATE: Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:05 p.m. LOCATION: Worcester, Mass.
SERIES RECORD: St. Anselm leads, 21-10-3 LAST MEETING: 3-2, St. Anselm (Dec. 2, 2016)
LIVE STATS:  NeuLion Stats LIVE VIDEO: Patriot League Network

Game 25: HOLY CROSS (20-3-0, 13-2-0 NEHC) VS. FRANKLIN PIERCE (16-5-1, 11-4-0 NEHC)
DATE: Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2:05 p.m. LOCATION: Worcester, Mass.
SERIES RECORD: Tied, 4-4-0 LAST MEETING: 2-1, Franklin Pierce (Jan. 21, 2017)
LIVE STATS:  NeuLion Stats LIVE VIDEO: N/A

The Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team will wrap-up its regular season at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex with two conference games. The Crusaders will first host St. Anselm on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:05 p.m. before closing the regular season against Franklin Pierce on Holy Cross’ senior day on Feb. 18. The puck drops at 2:05 p.m. A weekend sweep will guarantee a first-ever regular season NEHC title for the Crusaders.

Thursday’s game will be streamed live on the Patriot League Network, featuring Justin Moore and Adam Giardino who will be calling the game.

SENIOR DAY

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CRUSADERS

  • With a 13-2-0 NEHC record and 20-3-0 overall mark, Holy Cross stands second in the conference behind St. Anselm. The Crusaders are coming off a five-game winning streak, most recently taking down Manhattanville, 7-0.
  • Holy Cross has won 13 of its last 15 games, outscoring its opponents by a 52-16 margin during this span. During their five-game winning streak, the Crusaders have outscored opponents, 24-3, holding a scoring defense of 0.60 goals per game.
  • The Crusaders are undefeated at home this season with a 10-0-0 record at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. Holy Cross has now won 23 straight games at home carried over from the previous two seasons, which is the longest home winning streak in the program’s history.
  • Leading the offense for Holy Cross is junior co-captain forward Kara Violette who has 29 points on 15 goals and 14 assists. Her 15 goals rank second in the conference. Violette has 41 career goals, which are 10th all-time in the program’s history. She adds 46 assists for 87 career points.
  • Scala has tallied at least one point in the last 10 games she has played in. She has 26 points on 13 goals and 13 assists and 49 career points on 26 goals and 23 assists.
  • In the Crusaders’ two wins last weekend, Bagi recorded five assists. She now ranks seventh all-time in Holy Cross history with 53 career assists.
  • Junior goaltender Tessie Salatas has seen the most time between the pipes for Holy Cross. On the season, Salatas holds a .927 save percentage with a 1.38 goals against average for a 9-3-0 record.
  • Holy Cross is tied for second in the NEHC with a 1.26 goals per game scoring defense, allowing the second-fewest goals to opponents in the conference (29).
  • The Crusaders have the second-best penalty kill in the NEHC with a 90.2 percentage (92-102).
  • Head coach Peter Van Buskirk is in his 17th season with Holy Cross, posting a 275-138-29 overall record.

SCOUTING THE HAWKS

  • St. Anselm is first in the NEHC with a 13-1-1 conference record and 18-2-3 overall mark. The Hawks are coming off a 12-1 win over St. Michael’s.
  • St. Anselm defeated Holy Cross, 3-2, earlier in the year when the Crusaders traveled to Manchester, N.H. on Dec. 2, 2016. Holy Cross trails the Hawks, 10-21-3 in the two teams’ all-time series.
  • Leading the way for the Hawks is the conference’s top scorer, Alison Butler, with 35 points on 10 goals and 25 assists. Joining Butler in the conference top-five scorers is Alex Starzyk who ranks third with 30 points on 14 goals and 16 assists.
  • St. Anselm has the top power play in the conference with a 28.4 percentage, going 33-116. Fueling the power play is Butler with a conference-leading 16 power play points.
  • Netting 4.83 goals per game, the Hawks lead the league in scoring offense, tallying 111 goals on the year.
  • Goaltender Maddie Scavotto has seen the most time in net for St. Anselm and is first in the NEHC with a 1.05 goals against average and a 13-1-2 record.
  • Kerstin Matthews is in her ninth season as head coach of the Hawks with a 153-51-11 overall record.

 SCOUTING THE RAVENS

  • Franklin Pierce stands fifth in the NEHC with a 11-4-0 conference record and 16-5-1 overall mark. The Ravens most recently skated past New England College, 6-0 and will host Castleton prior to heading to Worcester.
  • This marks the third time this season Holy Cross will face Franklin Pierce, after the two teams split 1-1 in two meetings earlier in the year. Holy Cross shutout Franklin Pierce, 3-0, on Nov. 22 before the Ravens edged the Crusaders, 2-1 on Jan. 21. The all-time series is locked at 4-4-0.
  • Alex Brolsma leads Franklin Pierce and ranks second in the NEHC with 34 points on 14 goals and 20 assists, while Meg Gilbride leads all the league's freshmen in scoring with 23 points on eight goals and 15 assists.
  • Between the pipes, goaltender Shannon O’Neil is top of the conference with a .949 save percentage. She owns a 13-4-1 overall record this year.
  • The Ravens have a conference-best 1.23 goals per game scoring defense, allowing the least amount of goals among all NEHC teams in 27.
  • Franklin Pierce also has the top penalty kill in the league with a 93.8 percentage (91-97).
  • Head coach David Stockdale is in his fifth season at the helm of Franklin Pierce with a 78-37-5 overall record.

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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