MANCHESTER, N.H. - Despite scoring three goals, the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team couldn't get past ECAC opponent St. Anselm Friday evening in Manchester, N.H., falling 5-3. St. Anselm defeated the Crusaders for the 11th time in 12 meetings, as the Crusaders have yet to beat the Hawks. With the loss, Holy Cross falls to 13-2-1 (10-1-1 ECAC) while the Hawks improve to (9-5-1, 7-2-1 ECAC).
The game started as a shoot-out, with four goals scored in the first period. St. Anselm got the scoring started when Michelle Lacombe scored the first goal of the game just two minutes into the period. Holy Cross responded with a goal of its own at the 4:48 mark when sophomore Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) scored on an assist from junior Jocelyn Kratchmer (Watrous, Saskatchewan). The Crusaders then took a 2-1 lead at the 14:29 mark when Katelyn Doherty (Toronto, Ontario) scored her second goal of the year. St. Anselm evened the score, 2-2, three minutes later when Maria Dougherty took advantage of the power play for her sixth goal of the year.
The second period was the opposite of the first with no goals scored and only 14 shots taken. Each team had seven shots, with each team's goalie recording seven saves to end the second period, 2-2.
St. Anslem kicked off the third period with a quick goal to take a 3-2 lead and then added another at the 5:22 mark to go up by two. Holy Cross was able to cut the Hawks' lead in half when freshman Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) scored with an extra man on the ice at the 19:03 mark, but St. Anselm put the game out of reach, scoring its fifth and final goal ten seconds later.
Sophomore goalie Carly Dominick-Sobol (Syracuse, N.Y.) made the start in net, deflecting 19 St. Anselm shots, allowing five goals and falling to 5-2-0. St. Anselm goalie Amy Zappen earned her fifth win of the year (5-2-1), allowing three goals and making 21 saves. Both teams recorded 24 shots, while St. Anselm went 1-8 on the power play opportunity and Holy Cross went 0-1.
Holy Cross returns to the Hart Center on Tuesday, Jan. 26 for a 6:00 p.m. face off with No. 6 Middlebury.