WORCESTER, Mass. (February 9, 2018) – A pair of goals against in each of the first two periods on Friday night left the Franklin Pierce University women's ice hockey team in a hole it could not dig out of at the Hart Center. Senior forward Kara Violette put home two goals and added an assist to lead Holy Cross to a 5-1 victory in New England Women's Hockey Alliance play.
With the loss, Franklin Pierce falls to 12-10-2 (6-10-1 NEWHA), while Holy Cross improves to 14-6-3 (13-2-2 NEWHA). The two teams will meet again on Saturday afternoon, at Franklin Pierce, to wrap up the four-game season series. Opening faceoff is set for 4 p.m. at Jason Ritchie Ice Arena in Winchendon.
Holy Cross put home a pair of goals in the first period to take a lead it would never relinquish on home ice. Junior defenseman Tori Messina converted to open the scoring on the Crusaders' only power-play opportunity of the night, at the 7:24 mark. Junior forward Maeve Reilly provided the only assist on Messina's sixth goal of the year.
Freshman defenseman Grace Peluso followed up just 2:21 later to make it 2-0. It was her sixth goal of the campaign as well, and came off of a feed from sophomore forward Maggie Hallisey, at 9:45.
Franklin Pierce struck for its only goal of the night 90 seconds into the second stanza. It was the 11th of the season for freshman forward Marissa Massaro (Brockton, Mass.), off of an assist from sophomore defenseman Delaney Guimont (Bedford, N.H.), at the 1:30 mark.
Reilly pushed the lead back to two goals just 79 seconds later, at 2:49. Her seventh goal of the year came off of assists from junior forward Julie Matthias and Violette. It was then Violette who made it 4-1, at the 12:17 mark. Her first of the night, and 12th of the season, came off of assists from Messina and Matthias.
A final insurance marker in the third period created the 5-1 final. Violette put home her second of the night at the 17:54 mark, off of an assist from Reilly.
Freshman goaltender Kelly Turney (Fort Gratiot, Mich.) made 22 saves against 27 shots on goal and suffered the loss (5-5-1) in defeat for Franklin Pierce. In the opposite crease, sophomore netminder Marcia LaPlante (4-0-0) stopped 20 of 21 shots to pick up the win for Holy Cross.
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