WORCESTER, Mass. – Two goals by junior Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) and three assists by senior Jocelyn Kratchmer (Watrous, Saskatchewan) gave the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team the momentum it needed to defeat ECAC East opponent St. Michael's, 7-1, at the Hart Center Saturday afternoon. With her two goals, Hochkins ties the Holy Cross career goal record with 66 career goals, while Kratchmer's three assists gives her 63 career assists, tying the Holy Cross career assist record. The Crusaders snapped a three-game losing streak, improving to 10-5-0 (7-2-0 ECAC East), while the Purple Knights fall to 2-12-1 (1-6-1 ECAC East).
Hochkins put Holy Cross on the scoreboard with her first goal of the day at the 12:52 mark in the first period. Sophomore Rebecca O'Quinn (Arlington, Mass.) added her second goal of the season under one minute later to give Holy Cross a 2-0 lead. Junior Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.) put the Crusaders up by three at the 5:28 mark in the second period with her 12th goal of the season. St. Michael's scored its only goal of the game 40 seconds later when Allison Graf found the back of the net. The Crusaders finished out the second period with goals by sophomore Alyssa Ruhland (Minneapolis, Minn.) and freshman Amanda Gallagher (Park Ridge, Ill.), her first career goal as a Crusader.
Hochkins opened up the third period with her second goal of the game at the 3:02 mark and freshman Devon Ball(Burlington, Ontario) capped off the scoring with her first career goal at the 17:16 mark. Holy Cross earned a 7-1 victory, outshooting the Purple Knights 47-24. The Crusaders capitalized on two power plays, going 2-5.
Senior goaltender Lindsay Atkinson (Westbank, British Columbia) earned her first win of the season for the Crusaders, allowing one goal and making 23 saves. St. Michael's goaltender Alysia Goldman allowed seven goals and recorded 40 saves.
Holy Cross continues action on the road, traveling to Middlebury on Jan. 18 for a 6:00 p.m. game. The Crusaders will return to the Hart Center on Jan. 22 for a 1:00 p.m. game against New England College.