GORHAM, Maine - A third period goal by Southern Maine's Kailey Bubier gave the Huskies the lead and the 3-2 win over the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team in Gorham, Maine Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Crusaders close out the regular season with an 18-4-2 overall record (15-2-2 ECAC). The Huskies improve to 11-12-2 overall (9-10-0).
Junior Emily Henry (Lumsden, Saskatchewan) scored the first goal of the game at the 7:57 mark in the first period to give Holy Cross the early lead, but Bubier scored less than three minutes later to tie the game. The Crusaders scored again just 46 seconds into the second period when sophomore Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.) netted her 16th of the year to give Holy Cross a 2-1 lead. Southern Maine answered back, tying the game at the 15:43 mark. The Huskies took the lead and earned the win at the 2:51 mark in the third period when Bubier scored her second power play goal of the game.
Junior goalie Monique Gallant (Antigonish, Nova Scotia) suffered the loss in net, falling to 9-2-2. Southern Maine's Rebecca Papa earned the victory, improving to 8-4-0 on the season. Gallant allowed three goals, stopping 17 Southern Maine shots. Papa allowed two goals and stopped 39 Crusader shots. Holy Cross out shot Southern Maine 41-20, but was unable to capitalize on the man advantage (0-3). Southern Maine went 2-3 on the power play.
Holy Cross will complete the 2009-2010 season at ECAC Open Tournament on Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 27-28. The Crusaders will host the tournament for the second consecutive year, as last year they defeated St. Michael's and Sacred Heart on their way to the ECAC Open title.