Holy Cross Downs Southern Maine 6-2

Senior Katie Couture scored both USM goals in a 6-2 loss at Holy Cross.
Senior Katie Couture scored both USM goals in a 6-2 loss at Holy Cross.

Holy Cross Downs Southern Maine 6-2

            WORCESTER, Mass. -- The Holy Cross Crusaders scored five second-period goals to break open a one-goal game en route to defeating the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies 6-2 in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's game Friday evening at the Hart Athletic Center.

            The undefeated Crusaders improved to 6-0-0 overall and 4-0-0 in conference play.  The Huskies slipped to 1-5-0 overall and 1-4-0 in NEHC play.

            Sophomore Sam Girard (Dedham, Mass.) and junior Kara Violette (Biddeford, Maine) led the Crusaders with two goals apiece.  Girard and Violette combined with senior line mate Elizabeth Scala (Rumford, R.I.) to score five goals and five assists.  Sophomore Maeve Reilly (Ridgefield, Conn.) scored the other Crusader goal.

            Senior Katie Couture (Harrisville, R.I.) scored both USM goals.  Junior goalie Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) stopped a career high 46 shots.

            Girard staked the Crusaders to a 1-0 lead with her fifth goal of the season converting an assist from Scala at the 4:30 mark.

            Violette doubled the Holy Cross lead in the opening minute of the second period scoring her fifth goal.  The Crusaders blew the game open scoring two goals in a span of 14 seconds midway through the period.  Scala netted what proved to be the game-winning goal at 9:18 finishing off passes from Girard and rookie Hannah Gillis (Northborough, Mass.).  Girard netted her second goal of the game, set up by Violette at 9:32 to make it 4-0.

            Couture got the Huskies on the board with her first goal of the season at 13:02.  Reilly found the net two minutes later, and Violette tallied a short-handed goal with one second remaining in the period to give the Crusaders a 6-1 edge after 40 minutes.

            With Holy Cross dominating the play in the third period, Davis was brilliant turning aside 23 shots.  Couture scored her second goal of the game, and the season, in the final minute.

            Holy Cross junior goalie Tessie Salatas (Laval, Quebec) made 16 saves to earn her fourth win of the season.  The Crusaders finished the game with a 52-18 advantage in shots on goal.

            Southern Maine is back in action on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.) when it hosts Colby College in a non-conference game at the USM Ice Arena.  Holy Cross also is at home on Tuesday (7:05 p.m.) hosting Franklin Pierce University in an NEHC game.