November 22, 2011

Holy Cross Blanks Sacred Heart at Webster Bank Arena

Bridgeport, CT – The Pioneer women's ice hockey team and Holy Cross were scorless after one period Tuesday afternoon but the Crusaders put up a three-spot in each of the final two periods to down the home team, 6-0, at Webster Bank Arena.  Caroline English and Mary Kilmasewiski each scored a pair of goals as Holy Cross kept its 2011 record perfect.  Alexius Schutt made 39 saves for the Pioneers while her counterpart, Carly Dominick-Sobol, registered 30 stops for the shutout.

Sacred Heart (1-8) outshot the Crusaders, 10-9, in the opening period.  The Pioneers would get a power play in the middle portion of the stanza but would not be able to convert.  SHU finished 0-of-4 with the man advantage while the Crusaders went 0-of-2.  Neither team found the twine in the opening 20 minutes and entered the first intermission still deadlocked at 0-0. 

Holy Cross (7-0) killed off 30 seconds of a Pioneer two-man advantage in the early going of the second period.  Kilmasewiski cracked the scoreboard first eight minutes into the frame with assists from Rebecca O'Quinn and Megahn Reynolds.  The Crusaders would put together a flurry in the final three minutes, turning on the right light two more times.  Englsih made it a 3-0 game with just three ticks left on the clock to send the Crusaders into the locker room with a 3-0 edge.

English struck again at the 11:29 mark of the third period and Alyssa Ruhland followed suit 4:20 to later to push the Holy Cross cushion to 5-0.  Kilmasewiski added the final tally of the afternoon 53 seconds after Ruhland's marker to round out the score line at 6-0.

Nicole Palazzo (Rocky Hill, CT) led SHU with seven shots on goal in the loss.

The Pioneers will look to snap their current five game slide as they return to the Wonderland of Ice December 3 for a clash with Williams.  The puck is set to drop at 2:00 pm