WINCHENDON, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team was defeated by the Franklin Pierce Ravens 4-1 on Saturday night. Holy Cross is now 0-4-1 against non-conference opponents. The Crusaders move to 2-15-1 and while the Ravens improve to 6-7-1 overall.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The first period was fast-paced with many defensive stops from both teams.
- The Crusaders defense created many stops by intercepting passes and blocking shots to clear the offensive zone. Franklin Pierce recorded five shots on goal, with freshman Brooke Loranger sending away each one.
- Holy Cross registered eight shots on goal from seven skaters in the first period.
- Franklin Pierce took the lead at 7:08 in the second period. About one minute later, the Ravens increased their lead with a power play goal.
- Jenna Pierce Ruiz forced a turnover for the Ravens and scored their third goal of the night, unassisted at 10:43 in the second.
- Holy Cross was granted a power play at 11:04 in the second period. They recorded four shots, but couldn't answer back.
- The Crusaders found themselves on the power play one more time before the end of the period, with a 5-on-3 advantage for one minute, but couldn't find the back of the net.
- Junior Bryn Saarela tallied her fourth goal of the season at 4:18 in the third period. She was assisted by juniors Millie Sirum and Vaia Graves.
- Brooke Loranger left the ice at 18:22 to give the Crusaders an extra skater, but Franklin Pierce secured the win with an empty net goal in the final 20 seconds of the game.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Seniors Mary Edmonds and Darci Johal appeared in their 100 career game as Crusaders.
- Bryn Saarela extended her lead in points with eight. Additionally, she leads the team in goals with four, alongside freshman Alexia Moreau.
- Millie Sirum's assist was her fifth of the season, a team-high total. She ranks second for most points with six.
- Vaia Graves tallied her third assist of the year. She, and freshman Casey Borgiel lead the defensemen in assists.
- The Crusaders outshot the Ravens 33-22.
- Brooke Loranger tallied 18 saves and owns 199 saves through eight games.
- Holy Cross and Franklin Pierce will play the second game of their series on Sunday, Nov. 27. Puck drop is slated for 5 p.m.