WORCESTER, Mass. - Four members of the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team combined to score four goals, as the Crusaders defeated New England College, 4-1, at the Hart Center on Friday night. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 14-3-1 overall (11-1-1 ECAC), while the Pilgrims fall to 7-10-3 on the season (5-7-2 ECAC).
Holy Cross' offense sprung back to life, scoring three goals in the first period. Sophomore Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.) got the Crusaders going when she scored just two minutes into the game. Junior Jocelyn Kratchmer (Watrous, Saskatchewan) added the second Holy Cross goal of the night when she scored her 14th of the year at the 12:12 mark. Sophomore Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) knocked in Holy Cross' third of the period two minutes later. The Crusaders' three goals forced a New England goalie change at the 14:12 mark, as the Crusaders ended the period up, 3-0.
New England scored its only goal of the night five minutes into the second period when Kate Kellar scored on a breakaway. Sophomore net minder Carly Dominick-Sobol (Syracuse, N.Y.) stopped the remainder of the shots that came her way, ending the period in Holy Cross' favor, 3-1.
The Crusaders added one more goal in the third period to make the final score, 4-1. Senior Wendy Nobrega (Barrington, R.I.) took a pass from fellow senior Katelyn Doherty (Toronto, Ontario) and scored from the top of the crease to give Holy Cross a three goal lead.
Dominick-Sobol earned her sixth win of the year, improving to 6-2-0. New England's Teraysa White suffered her 10th loss, falling to 7-10-3. Dominick-Sobol allowed just one goal, making 18 saves, while White allowed three goals and recorded five saves. New England's Kristen Conners entered the game in the first period and recorded 16 saves, allowing one goal. The Crusaders outshot the Pilgrims 25-19, while neither team was able to capitalize on any of its power play opportunities.
Holy Cross continues action at the Hart Center on Saturday, Jan. 30, when it hosts ECAC opponent St. Anselm at 4:00 p.m. Prior to face off, Holy Cross will honor its five seniors for their hard work and commitment to the Holy Cross women's hockey program.