WORCESTER, Mass. - Two power play goals lifted the Holy Cross women's hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Maine on Senior Day at the Hart Center Rink.
Allison Attea connected on the game-winner less than a minute after Mary Edmonds scored on a 5-on-3 to tie the game during the second period. Edmonds' strike came with one second left on the two-man advantage, which allowed the Crusaders an additional 1:12 on the power play. The senior Attea would not disappoint as she scored her second goal of the season to give Holy Cross its first Senior Day win of its Hockey East era.
Jada Brenon was outstanding in goal, making 41 saves on the night, including 15 in the final frame. She also withstood 1:26 of 6-on-5 action when Maine pulled its goalie at the end of the game.
1-0 Maine (2nd, 2:08, EV): Maine's Daria Tereshkina opened the scoring early in the second when she received a pass in the low slot and went top shelf to put the Black Bears up.
1-1 HC (2nd, 13:12, PP): The Crusaders would answer back during the 5-on-3 when Mille Sirum fired a shot on goal that Edmonds was just able to get a piece of to beat Maine's Loryn Porter.
2-1 HC (2nd, 14:06, PP): Attea got the game-winner while still on the power play less than a minute later. After receiving a pass from Sofia Smithson in the low slot, she drifted to Porter's left and then beat her to the right.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The faceoff battle was extremely even, with Maine holding the slight advantage, 28-27. Sommer Ross won 70% of her opportunities in the circle, going 7-for-10.
- Sirum's assist gives her a team-high six and ties her for the team lead of 11 points.
- Emma Lange had a game-high five blocked shots.
- Antonia Matzka and Ross each also picked up an assist on the night.
- The six-person senior class of Attea, Matzka, Katie MacCuaig, Bailey Bennett, Mackenzie Griffith, and Grace Peluso was honored prior to puck drop live on NESN+.
The Crusaders will play their final game of the regular season when they take on Maine again at the Hart Center tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 20 at 4:30 p.m.