WORCESTER, Mass. – The No. 4 Norwich Cadets scored three goals in less than two minutes on their way to a 4-2 victory over the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team at the Hart Center Friday night in a crucial ECAC East match up. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 9-5-0 (6-2-0 ECAC East), while the Cadets improve to 10-3-0 (7-0-0 ECAC East). With the win, the Cadets move into a tie for first in the league standings with 14 points.
After a scoreless first period, junior Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) broke the stalemate just three minutes into the second period with her 13th goal of the season. Hochkins recovered senior Jocelyn Kratchmer's (Watrous, Saskatchewan) rebounding shot from just inside the crease to give Holy Cross an early 1-0 lead. The Crusaders' lead would hold until the 18:24 mark when Norwich's Melissa Rundlett capitalized on the power play to tie the game. Just over 30 seconds later, Norwich took a one goal lead when Brittane Michuad found the back of the net. A flurry of action, including a Holy Cross penalty, led to the third Norwich goal in less than two minutes when Julie Fortier scored on the power play to send the Cadets to the locker room up 3-1.
Holy Cross cut the Cadets' lead in half when senior Emily Henry (Lumsden, Saskatchewan) scored at the 9:05 mark in the third period, but Norwich wouldn't relent, scoring its fourth goal at the 12:53 mark to ensure the win and end the game up, 4-2.
Holy Cross senior goaltender Monique Gallant (Antigonish, Nova Scotia) suffered her second loss of the season, falling to 5-2-0. Norwich goaltender Cindy Fortin earned her eighth win, improving the 8-1-0. Gallant allowed four goals, turning always 35 Norwich shots, while Fortin let two in, while stopping 19 Holy Cross shots. The Cadets took advantage of the power play, going 2-10, while Holy Cross was unable to capitalize, going 0-8. Norwich outshot the Crusaders 39-21.
Holy Cross continues action at the Hart Center tomorrow, Jan. 15, with a 3:00 p.m. game against ECAC East opponent St. Michael's.