Women's Ice Hockey Set For Three At Hart Center

Wendy Nobrega

Overall Record: 13-2-1 (10-1-1 ECAC)
Scoreboard: St. Anselm 5, Holy Cross 3, Manchester, N.H., 1/22
Schedule: Tuesday, Jan. 26, vs. #7 Middlebury, Worcester, Mass., 6:00 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 29, vs. New England College, Worcester, Mass., 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 30, vs. St. Anselm, Worcester, Mass., 7:00 p.m. 

  • The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team (13-2-1, 10-1-1 ECAC) returns to the Hart Center for three games this week. On Tuesday, Jan. 26 the Crusaders will face off with No. 7 Middlebury (9-4-1, 7-2-1 NESCAC). On Friday, Jan. 29 they welcome New England College (7-9-3, 5-6-2 ECAC) and on Saturday, Jan. 30 they host St. Anselm (9-6-1, 7-3-1 ECAC).
  • Holy Cross welcomes No. 7 Middlebury to the Hart Center on Jan. 26 for the first time in program history. The Crusaders and the Panthers have matched up once, on Feb. 2, 2001, as Middlebury defeated Holy Cross, 6-0. The Panthers are currently ranked seventh in the USCHO.com Division III Women's Poll and third in the NESCAC, as conference opponent Amherst leads the conference and is ranked first nationally and Trinity is second and ranked fourth nationally.
  • This will be the fourth time this season the Crusaders have skated against a nationally ranked team. Holy Cross suffered its first loss of the season to No. 4 Trinity, 4-2, on Jan 12, defeated ECAC opponent No. 9 Manhattanville, 3-2, on Nov. 13 and tied then ranked No. 8 Norwich, 2-2, on Dec. 4.
  • The Crusaders host New England College on Jan. 29. Holy Cross defeated New England, 2-1, on Jan. 8 in Henniker, N.H. Sophomore Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) scored the game winning goal at the 17:52 mark in the third period to give the Crusaders the win. Holy Cross is 9-4-2 all-time against the Pilgrims and has won the last four meetings.
  • Holy Cross looks to avenge last week's loss to St. Anselm on Saturday, Jan. 30. Holy Cross is 0-11-1 all-time against the Hawks and is looking for its first win in program history. The only time the Crusaders were not defeated by St. Anselm was on Feb. 24, 2008 when the two teams tied, 0-0. The tie also marks the last time the Crusaders were shut out. Holy Cross has scored a goal in 45 consecutive games since that date. 
  • Holy Cross suffered its first ECAC loss last week and as a result fell out of first place. Norwich laid claim to the top spot with 22 points and a 10-2-2 league record, while Holy Cross is in second place with 21 points and a 10-1-1 records. This weekend's league games will give the Crusaders a chance to regain the top spot.
  • Hochkins and junior forward Jocelyn Kratchmer (Watrous, Saskatchewan) rank first and second in ECAC point scoring. Hochkins leads the league and is second in Division I with 31 points and Kratchmer is second in the ECAC and fifth in Division I with 27. Hochkins also leads the league and Division I in goals with 18, while Kratchmer is second in the league and sixth in Division I with 14 assists.
  • Hochkins recorded a goal in her 12th game of the season last week, and ninth consecutive, against St. Anselm. Hochkins has scored a point in 15 games this season and 38 times in her career.
  • Holy Cross ranks second in Division I scoring offense. The Crusaders have scored 65 goals in 16 games this season, while their defense ranks third, allowing just 24 goals in 16 games. Holy Cross has outscored opponents by 2.56 goals a game, second in Division I.
  • Holy Cross will honor its five seniors at Senior Day on Saturday, Jan. 30 prior to the 4:00 p.m. face off. Seniors Lisa Wilson (Corunna, Ontario), Wendy Nobrega (Barrington, R.I.), Kathryn Kelley (Dedham, Mass.), Katelyn Doherty (Toronto, Ontario) and Kathryn O'Connor (Brookfield, Conn.) will be honored for their commitment to the women's hockey program. Together, the five seniors have won 68 games, including a school record 24 wins a season ago.