WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior Jocelyn Kratchmer's (Watrous, Saskatchewan) goal in the third period tied the game, forcing overtime as the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team tied Norwich, 2-2, on Friday night at the Hart Center. With the tie, the Crusaders move to 17-3-2 overall (14-1-25 ECAC), while the Cadets go to 14-4-4 (12-3-3 ECAC). This is the second time this season these teams have played to a tie, on Dec. 4 in Northfield, Vt. they skated to a 2-2 overtime tie.
Holy Cross appeared to take the early lead when a shot by junior Emily Henry (Lumsden, Saskatchewan) was blocked and then trickled into the goal. The goal was called off and Norwich was the first to find the back of the net. Mollie Fitzpatrick scored her first goal of the season at the 9:31 mark in the first period to give the Cadets a 1-0 lead. Holy Cross capitalized on the man advantage three minutes later when sophomore Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.) scored a power play goal from the top of the crease to tie the game, 1-1.
Norwich wasted no time scoring in the second period. The Cadets' Melissa Rundlett picked the puck from Holy Cross sophomore Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) and netted her seventh goal of the year just 58 seconds into the period to give Norwich a 2-1 lead.
Kratchmer tied the game, 2-2, in the third period when junior Colleen Krmpotich (Minneapolis, Minn.) made a long pass across the ice and Kratchmer netted her 15th goal of the year.
Holy Cross entered the overtime period shorthanded, but Norwich was unable to capitalize. The Crusaders went on the power play at the 1:29 mark, but were also unable to find the back of the net, ending the game in a 2-2 tie.
Holy Cross goalie junior Monique Gallant (Antigonish, Nova Scotia) allowed two goals, making 26 saves on 28 Norwich shots. Norwich goalie Cindy Fortin allowed two goals, making 31 saves on 33 Holy Cross shots. The Crusaders went 1-7 on the man advantage, while the Cadets went 0-5.
Holy Cross will wrap up the regular season on the road, traveling to Plymouth State on Friday, Feb. 19 for a 6:00 p.m. game.