NORTHFIELD, Vt. - Third period goals by sophomores Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) and Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.) forced the game into overtime as the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team tied No. 8 Norwich, 2-2, Friday afternoon in Northfield, Vt. With the tie, both teams remain unbeaten as the Crusaders move to 7-0-1 (5-0-1 ECAC) and the Cadets to 8-0-1 (6-0-1 ECAC).
Norwich seemed to have the game under control, as it scored two goals in the first period to take an early 2-0 lead. Brittane Michaud scored with 50 seconds remaining in the first period and then teammate Kelsey Cone found the back of the net just 11 seconds later to give the Cadets the two goal advantage. The Cadets outshot the Crusaders 15-6 in the first period.
Norwich continued to control the game, using tough defense to limit Holy Cross' offense. The Cadets held Holy Cross to six shots in the second period as neither team was able to find a way onto the scoreboard.
Holy Cross finally got past Norwich goalie Cindy Fortin in the seventh minute of the third period when Hochkins scored on an assist from senior Lisa Wilson (Corunna, Ontario). The Crusaders evened the score at the 8:54 mark when Garat scored for the seventh time this season. The Crusaders were able to limit Norwich to just six shots in the third period, forcing the game into overtime.
Tough defense prevailed as each team was only able to get off one shot in the overtime period, ending the game tied 2-2.
Holy Cross junior goalie Monique Gallant (Antigonish, Nova Scotia) worked the crease, allowing two goals on 29 shots and making 27 saves. Fortin gave up two goals on 21 Holy Cross shots, recording 19 saves. Both goalies remain unbeaten, Gallant moving to 3-0-1 and Fortin to 2-0-1. Holy Cross was outshot 29-21.
Holy Cross will continue action on the road, traveling to Castleton State on Saturday, Dec. 5 for a 3:00 p.m. game.