WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior goalie Monique Gallant (Antigonish, Nova Scotia) earned her fourth shutout of the season as the Holy Cross women's hockey team defeated Plymouth State, 8-0, at the Hart Center on Tuesday evening. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 9-0-1 overall (7-0-1 ECAC), while the Panthers fall to 0-7-0 (0-7-0 ECAC) on the season.
The first period was played to a draw as neither team was able to find the back of the net. Holy Cross outshot the Panthers 11-3, while no one was able to take advantage of the power play opportunity.
Holy Cross' offense finally broke through Plymouth State's defense at the 11:20 mark in the second period when junior Jocelyn Kratchmer (Watrous, Saskatchewan) scored on a pass from sophomore Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) and junior Emily Henry (Lumsden,Saskatchewan). Seven minutes later, at the 18:29 mark, senior Kathryn Kelley (Dedham, Mass.) recovered a loose puck in front of the net and scored her first goal of the year to give Holy Cross a 2-0 lead.
The Crusaders exploded for six goals in the third period with Hochkins finding the back of the net on three of them. Kratchmer added her second goal of the night and senior Wendy Nobrega (Barrington, R.I.) and sophomore Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.) each scored for the Crusaders.
Gallant stopped seven Plymouth State shots on way to her fourth shutout of the year and fifth win. Plymouth State goalie Nicole Provencher allowed eight goals and made 44 saves. Holy Cross outshot Plymouth State 52-7 and went 0-2 on the power play while Plymouth State went 0-3.
Holy Cross will return to the ice on Tuesday, Jan. 5 when it hosts Colby at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m.