WATERVILLE, Maine -- After Colby College took an early 1-0 lead, Holy Cross responded with four unanswered goals to take control on the way to a 6-2 non-conference women's hockey victory Saturday at Alfond Rink.
The game started well for the Mules, taking a 1-0 lead just 2:44 into the contest. Kailey Buxbaum won a face-off and pushed the puck forward to Delaney Flynn, who immediately crossed the puck to Cassidy Holzer (pictured) for a one-timer and her second goal of the season.
The key goal and a momentum changer may have come with just 31 seconds left in the first period by Sam Girard. The Crusaders won a face-off and Erin Hall ripped a shot from the left point. Elizabeth Scala redirected the puck to the left of the goal to Girard, who scored on a tough angle.
The Crusaders went up 4-1 at 6:44 of the second period when Relly pushed a pass over to Jackie Gellner, who made a nice pass off the left boards to Scala. Right around the blue line, Scala skated in alone and lifted a puck over the blocker of Fine.
The Crusaders scored two goals in a span of 1:01 to put the game way. The Mules were unable to clear a puck and Izzy Bagi's shot from the left point found the net.
Alex Barnes improved to 3-0 on the season with 19 saves, while Fine made 24 saves for Colby.
Scoring by Period - HCR 2-2-2=6; CLB 1-0-1=2
Scoring - 1, CLB Cassidy Holzer/2 (Delaney Flynn/2, Kailey Buxbaum/2) 2:44
2, HCR Kara Violette/8 (Hannah Gillis/8) 5:05
3, HCR Sam Girard/8 (Elizabeth Scala/6, Erin Hall/4) 19:29 (PP)
Penalties - Mikayla McLaughlin, CLB (Hooking) 6:36; Maeve Reilly, HCR (Tripping) 6:57; Izzy Tegtmeyer, CLB (Hooking) 12:20; Livvy Konaxis, HCR (Tripping) 16:22; Brooke Gary, CLB (Holding) 19:21
Scoring - 4, HCR Maeve Reilly/5 (Erin Hall/5, Julie Matthias/5) 1:16 (GW)
5, HCR Elizabeth Scala/5 (Jackie Gellner/2, Maeve Reilly) 6:44
Penalties - Carly Thomas, CLB (Interference) 1:16; Izzy Bagi, HCR (Holding) 14:23
Scoring - 6, CLB Mikayla McLaughlin/2 (Moira Mullaney/2) 7:06
7, HCR Izzy Bagi/1 8:44
8, HCR Hannah Gillis/1 (Kara Violette/9, Izzy Bagi/2) 9:45
Penalties - Anna Rudinski, CLB (Tripping) 2:48; Izzy Bagi, HCR (Slashing) 3:40; Maeve Reilly, HCR (Hooking) 10:37; Kara Violette, HCR (Body Checking) 12:04; Tori Messina, HCR (Hooking) 15:45
Holy Cross Goaltending - Alex Barnes (60:00, 21 shots, 19 saves, 2 GA)
Colby Goaltending - Halley Fine (60:00, 30 shots, 24 saves, 6 GA)
Win - Alex Barnes, HCR (3-0-0). Loss - Halley Fine, CLB (0-3-1).
Shots On Goal - HCR 12-10-8=30; CLB 8-4-9=21
Power Plays - HCR 1 of 5; CLB 0 of 7
Penalties - HCR 7 (14 min); CLB 5 (10 min)
New Records - Holy Cross 10-2-0, Colby 0-6-2
Referees: Brian Little, Will Thomas Linesmen: Sean Drew, Jon Salois