WORCESTER, Mass. - A short-handed goal, a power play goal and an even goal led the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team to a 3-1 victory over ECAC opponent St. Michael's at the Hart Center on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 16-3-1 overall (13-1-1 ECAC), while the Purple Knights fall to 3-17-1 on the season (1-15-1 ECAC).
St. Michael's scored the first goal of the game at the 10:16 mark in the first period when Allison Graf found the back of the net on the five-on-three man advantage. The Crusaders tied the game when sophomore Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) drew St. Michael's goalie Alysia Goldman out of the net before making a pass to sophomore Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.) for the goal and the tie.
The Crusaders took a 2-1 lead at the 8:31 mark in the second period when senior Katelyn Doherty (Toronto, Ontario) scored the eventual game winner on a power play. Holy Cross took a 3-1 lead less than a minute later when rookie Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) skated the length of the ice to score on a breakaway.
The third period was scoreless as the Crusaders had just eight shots and the Purple Knights had just one. Junior goalie Monique Gallant (Antigonish, Nova Scotia) earned her ninth win of the season (9-1-1), while Goldman suffered her 11th loss (2-11-1). Gallant allowed one goal and made 10 saves. Goldman allowed three goals, making 33 saves. Holy Cross out shot St. Michael's 36-11, while both teams scored a power play goal.
Holy Cross continues action against the Purple Knights at the Hart Center on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2:00 p.m.