WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) scored two goals and was named ECAC Open MVP as the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team defeated St. Anselm, 3-1, in ECAC Open championship action Sunday afternoon at the Hart Center. With the victory, Holy Cross finishes the season with an overall record of 20-4-2, while St. Anselm closes out the year with a 15-11-1 record.
A shot from the blue line by junior Colleen Krmpotich (Minneapolis, Minn.) led to Holy Cross' first goal of the game. Krmpotich's shot found the back of the net when it was deflected into the goal by junior Jocelyn Kratchmer (Watrous, Saskatchewan). Holy Cross held St. Anselm to just six shots on goal in the first period and headed to the locker room up, 1-0.
The Hawks took advantage of a power play at 7:14 in the second period to tie the game 1-1. Maria Dougherty found the back of the net off a pass from Molly Corl and Sarah Ellins. Holy Cross regained the lead at the 9:49 mark when Krmpotich found Hochkins on the breakaway to score the second Crusader goal of the game. Holy Cross finished out the first 40 minutes of play with a 2-1 lead.
The third period was scoreless until the 19:40 mark when Hochkins broke free and scored an empty net goal to give Holy Cross a 3-1 lead and secure the championship title.
Junior Goalie Monique Gallant (Antigonish, Nova Scotia) earned her 10th win of the season, finishing the year with a 10-2-2 record. St. Anselm goalie Amy Zappen suffered her ninth loss and closes out the season with a 9-8-1 record. Gallant allowed just one goal, making 20 saves, while Zappen gave up two goals and recorded 19 saves. Holy Cross outshot St. Anselm by one shot, 22-21. The Hawks went 1-6 on the power play, while the Crusaders were 0-2.
Following the game, Hochkins was named ECAC Open Tournament MVP. Hochkins recorded three goals in two games this weekend, including the championship game winner. Hochkins finishes out the season with 26 goals, tying the Holy Cross single-season record, while her 44 points are fifth all-time. Senior Lisa Wilson (Corunna, Ontario) and junior Jocelyn Kratchmer (Watrous, Saskatchewan) were named to the All-Tournament team.
St. Michael's: Desiree Biron
Sacred Heart: Lauren Fontaine
St. Anselm: Amy Zappen
St. Anselm: Sarah Ellins
Holy Cross: Lisa Wilson
Holy Cross: Jocelyn Kratchmer
Tournament MVP: Stacey Hochkins