SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team finished a two-game series against Division I College of the Holy Cross with a 9-1 loss on Saturday afternoon at Cairns Arena. The Purple Knights are 2-4, while the Crusaders improved to 4-2-1.
Junior Brenna Galvin (Dorchester, Mass./Boston Latin School) scored for the Purple Knights, tallying her second goal of the season, as junior Madison Nichols (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School) pitched in the assist. Junior Nicole Talcott (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial Prep) made 33 saves in 48:15 of play before first-year Alyssa Cimino (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) made her college debut with eight saves in 11:45 of relief. Junior Christiana Akiki (Allendale, N.J./New Jersey Rockets) and first-year Krista Ferrari (Dunstable, Mass./East Coast Wizards) had four blocks each.
For the Crusaders, junior Tori Messina tallied two goals and an assist while senior Kelsey Goostrey had two goals. Five other players notched a goal while three of them also had assists. Senior Tessie Salatas served the first 40 minutes of play in net with seven saves before junior Alex Barnes worked the final 20 with three denials.
During a Crusader power play in the first period, Talcott made a nice glove save at the 13-minute mark off of a sophomore Hannah Gillis attempt. At 14:28, Goostrey nabbed the first goal for the Crusaders with a backhander that was flipped from behind the net that went off of Talcott's trapper and trickled in. Talcott denied a one-timer from the slot with her blocker at 15:41. During a power-play opportunity at 19:56, senior Kara Violette slipped a shot from the slot over Talcott's right shoulder.
First-year Maddie Gervais (Glastonbury, Conn./East Catholic) sent a left-circle attempt at 1:42 in the second period as Salatas made a glove save. At 5:05, Messina took a shot from the right point that hit sophomore Victoria Young and was redirected to the back of the net to push the Crusaders ahead 3-0. First-year Grace Peluso struck again 4:10 later at 9:15 for the Crusaders as she went one-on-one with Talcott and deked her before finishing on the right post.
Goostrey notched another at 11:32 in the second. First-year Megan Doherty (Stoughton, Mass./Walpole Express) sent a shot at 16:03 from the right circle that caused Salatas to make a glove save by the left post. Junior Sam Girard scored a short-handed goal from the right circle for Holy Cross at 16:53 before junior Amanda Kewer had a breakaway at 19:30 as her try caused Talcott to make a left-pad save.
The Crusaders notched three tallies in the third stanza with Messina scoring twice before Galvin capitalized on the rebound of Nichols's try from the left circle at 19:52 to put Saint Michael's on the board.
The Purple Knights travel to Franklin Pierce University next weekend starting on Friday at 7 p.m.