WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior defenseman Colleen Krmpotich (Minneapolis, Minn.) broke through a 0-0 tie and scored her first goal of the year to lead the Holy Cross women's hockey team to victory over non-conference opponent Colby, 5-1, at the Hart Center on Tuesday evening. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 10-0-1 overall, while the Mules fall to 2-5-4 on the season.
The first period was played to a stalemate as neither team was able to find the back of the net. The Crusaders had 12 shots on goal, but were unable to get past Mule goalie Loni Pisani. Holy Cross came close to scoring when sophomore Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) skated the length of the ice and took a shot from deep in the crease, but Pisani came up with a big stop to keep the game tied, 0-0.
The Crusaders offense woke up 1:48 into the second period when Krmpotich scored her first goal of the season. Krmpotich, assisted by junior Emily Henry (Lumsden, Saskatchewan), scored from just inside the blue line to give Holy Cross a 1-0 lead. The Crusaders went ahead by two goals at the 11:37 mark when freshman Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) scored her second goal of the year and then took a 3-0 lead at 18:02 on Hochkins' 12th goal of the year.
Holy Cross continued the pressure on offense and took a 4-0 lead when junior Jocelyn Kratchmer (Watrous, Saskatchewan) scored a shorthanded goal at the 14:18 mark. Colby's offense was finally able to get past Holy Cross junior goalie Monique Gallant (Antigonish, Nova Scotia) when Stephanie Scarpato scored a power play goal just 15 seconds after Kratchmer's goal to break up the shutout. Kratchmer added her second goal of the game with two seconds remaining to end the game in favor of the Crusaders, 5-1.
Gallant earned her sixth win of the season, allowing just one goal and recording 11 saves. Pisani suffered the loss for the Mules, falling to 0-3-3 on the season. Pisani allowed five goals and made 31 saves. The Mules went 1-5 on the power play, while Holy Cross was unable to take advantage of the extra man. Holy Cross outshot Colby 36-12.
Holy Cross will hit the road, traveling to New England College on Friday, Jan. 8 for a 4:00 p.m. game.