MANCHESTER, N.H. – Despite two goals by senior Jocelyn Kratchmer (Watrous, Saskatchewan), the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team couldn't keep pace with a strong St. Anselm team, falling 5-2 in Manchester, N.H. Friday night. With the loss, Holy Cross falls to 14-7-0 (11-3-0 ECAC East), while St. Anselm improves to 16-4-0 (10-3-0 ECAC East).
The Hawks opened up the scoring with two power play goals in the first period. The first score of the game came just after the six minute mark and St. Anselm took a two goal lead in the 13th minute. Kratchmer cut into the Hawks' lead with her first goal of the game at the 17:31 mark to bring the score within one heading into the first intermission.
St. Anselm's Jamie Comrie netted the only goal of the second period at the 8:47 mark to extend the Hawks' lead to 3-1. Kratchmer wasted no time scoring after the second intermission, finding the back of the net for the second time just over 30 seconds in to the third period. With just one goal separating the two teams, St. Anselm confirmed its win with two more goals to end the game 5-2.
Holy Cross senior goaltender Monique Gallant (Antigonish, Nova Scotia) suffered her fourth loss of the season after allowing five goals and recording 33 saves. St. Anselm's Amy Zappen allowed two goals and recorded 17 saves. Holy Cross was outshot 38-19. Both teams were able to capitalize on the man advantage, with Holy Cross going 1-4 on the power play and St. Anselm going 3-6.
The Crusaders continue action on the road on Saturday, Feb. 5 when the travel to Boston, Mass. for a 1:00 p.m. face off with UMass-Boston.