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

Women’s Ice Hockey Set For NEHC Open Tournament

Holy Cross Athletics   02-23-2017
Semi-Finals: #2 HOLY CROSS (21-4-0, 14-3-0 NEHC) VS #3 FRANKLIN PIERCE (18-6-1, 12-5-0 NEHC)
DATE: Sat., Feb. 25 at 1:00 p.m. LOCATION: Shelton, Conn. (Sports Center of Connecticut)
SERIES RECORD: Holy Cross leads 5-4-0 LAST MEETING: 3-0, Holy Cross (Feb. 18, 2017)


Finals/Consolation: #2 HOLY CROSS (21-4-0, 14-3-0 NEHC) VS #1 ST. ANSELM OR #4 SACRED HEART
DATE: Sun., Feb. 26 at 1:00/4:00 p.m. LOCATION: Shelton, Conn. (Sports Center of Connecticut)
SERIES RECORD (STA): St. Anselm leads 22-10-3 LAST MEETING
7-3, St. Anselm (Feb. 16, 2017)
SERIES RECORD (SH): Holy Cross leads 23-12-1 LAST MEETING (SH): 3-2, Holy Cross (Oct. 29, 2016)

The Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team will wrap up its season at the NEHC Open Tournament from Feb. 25-26. The Crusaders are the defending NEHC Open champion and have been selected as the No. 2 seed, earning a bye into the semifinal round, which will be played on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. versus No. 3 Franklin Pierce.


  • The NEHC Open Tournament will be hosted by Sacred Heart at the Sports Center of Connecticut in Shelton, Conn. from Feb. 25-26.
  • The Crusaders are the defending NEHC Open Tournament champion, defeating St. Anselm, 4-3 in overtime last season to capture the title.
  • Holy Cross has made eight-straight appearances in the NEHC title game and 11 all-time appearances in the championship.
  • The Crusaders have won the NEHC Open Tournament six times (2003, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2016). 
  • The NEHC Open Tournament consists of five teams, including No. 2 Holy Cross, No. 3 Franklin Pierce, No. 4 Sacred Heart, No. 1 St. Anselm and No. 5 St. Michael’s.
  • The tournament started on Wednesday, Feb. 22 with Franklin Pierce hosting St. Michael’s in the play-in matchup, as the Ravens came out on top, 3-1 to advance to the semifinals.
  • The puck drops at 1:00 p.m. for the first semifinal game, featuring No. 2 Holy Cross and No. 3 Franklin Pierce.
  • No. 1 St. Anselm will take on No. 4 Sacred Heart at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday in the second game of the semifinal round.
  • The championship game will be played on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 4:00 p.m., with the consolation game starting at 1:00 p.m.


  • The Crusaders enter the NEHC Open Tournament with a 21-4-0 overall record and 14-3-0 NEHC mark, finishing third in the conference’s regular season. Holy Cross is coming off a 3-0 win over Franklin Pierce in its final regular season game.
  • Holy Cross concluded its home slate with an 11-1 record. From Feb. 25, 2015-Feb. 4, 2017, the Crusaders had a 23-game winning streak in Worcester.
  • The Crusaders have won 13 of their past 15 games, outscoring opponents by a 52-18 margin during this span. Holy Cross ranks third in the NEHC in goal scoring and has outscored opponents, 95-36 on the year.
  • The Crusaders are third in the NEHC with a 20.0 power play percentage (18-90).
  • Spending the most time between the pipes for Holy Cross, junior goaltender Tessie Salatas holds a 1.37 goals against average, which is third in the league.
  • Sophomore forward Sam Girard has posted six game-winning goals this season, which are tied for second all-time in the program’s history and currently stand second in the NEHC. She has seven career game-winners and five power play goals this season, which are both tied for 10th all-time in Holy Cross history. Girard is second on the team with 28 points and is tied for first in the conference with 17 goals.
  • Leading Holy Cross in points this season is junior co-captain forward Kara Violette, who is tied for third in the league with 33 points and shares the conference-lead of 17 goals with Girard. Violette has 43 career goals, which rank eighth all-time in the program’s history.
  • Senior forward Elizabeth Scala has tallied at least one point in the last 12 games she has played. This year she has earned 28 points on 13 goals and 15 assists.
  • Head coach Peter Van Buskirk is in his 17th season with Holy Cross, posting a 276-139-29 overall record.


  • Violette was named NEHC Player of the Year, as well as first team All-NEHC, while Girard and senior co-captain defender Isabela Bagi each were named second team All-NEHC. Scala earned third team All-NEHC honors, as freshman defender Hannah Gillis was selected to the NEHC All-Rookie team.
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  • No. 3 Franklin Pierce finished the regular season tied in fifth place in the NEHC with a 12-5-0 conference mark and 18-6-1 overall record. Holy Cross will take on Franklin Pierce in the semifinal round at 1:00 p.m. on Feb. 25.
  • The Crusaders defeated the Ravens, 3-0 in the two teams’ most recent meeting, as Holy Cross leads the all-time series record, 5-4-0. The two teams have met three times this season, as Holy Cross leads 2-1 on the year.
  • Leading the way for the Ravens is Alex Brolsma who is second in the NEHC with 36 points on 15 goals and 21 assists.
  • Shannon O’Neil has seen the most time in net for Franklin Pierce and holds a conference-best .943 save percentage.
  • Franklin Pierce is second in the league in scoring defense, allowing just 1.38 goals per game and leads the NEHC with a 93.1 penalty kill percentage (94-101).
  • Head coach David Stockdale is in his fifth season at the helm of Franklin Pierce.


  • No. 1 St. Anselm won the NEHC regular season title with a 15-1-1 conference record and a 20-2-3 overall mark. The Hawks will face No. 4 Sacred Heart in the semifinal round on Feb 25 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Holy Cross went 0-2 this season versus St. Anselm, as the Hawks lead the all-time series, 22-10-3.
  • Alison Butler leads the league in scoring with 38 points on 11 goals and 27 assists.
  • In net for the Hawks, Maddie Scavotto leads the NEHC with a 1.10 goals against average and a 15-1-2 record.
  • St. Anselm has the conference-best scoring offense (4.96 goals per game), and also leads the league in scoring defense, holding its opponents to just 1.28 goals per game.
  • The Hawks own a 27.9 power play percentage (36-129), which is second in the league.
  • Kerstin Matthews is in her ninth season as head coach of the Hawks with a 155-51-11 overall record.


  • No. 4 Sacred Heart is 18-8-4 this season and will take on St. Anselm in the semifinal round on Feb. 25 at 4:00 p.m.
  • The Crusaders opened their 2016-2017 campaign versus Sacred Heart with a home and away two-game series, in which Holy Cross went 2-0 against the Pioneers. The Crusaders lead the all-time series versus the Pioneers, 23-12-1.
  • Taylor Moreland leads Sacred Heart with 38 points on 20 goals and 18 assists.
  • Devan Kane has seen the most time in net for the Pioneers, holding a .899 save percentage.
  • Sacred Heart is 101-112 on the penalty kill with a 90.2 penalty kill percentage.
  • Head coach Thomas O’Malley is in his 13th season at the helm of Sacred Heart.


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