Holy Cross Women’s Ice Hockey Skates Past Nichols, 9-1

Emily Henry

HARRISVILLE, R.I.  – Three members of the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team tallied two goals apiece, while three more found the back of the net to lead the Crusaders to a 9-1 victory over Nichols College Friday night. Senior Emily Henry (Lumsden, Saskatchewan) led the team with two goals and three assists for a career-best five points. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 15-8-0 (12-4-0 ECAC East), while Nichols falls to 4-17-0 (3-12-0 ECAC East).

Holy Cross scored its first goal of the game when senior Jocelyn Kratchmer (Watrous, Saskatchewan) recovered Henry's shot just 26 seconds into the first period. Nichols scored three minutes later with what would prove to be the Bison only goal of the evening. Junior Stacey Hochkins' (New Boston, Mich.) rebounding shot at the 7:19 mark was recovered by sophomore Rebecca O'Quinn (Arlington, Mass.) and put in the back of the net for the Crusaders' second goal of the night. Freshman Tory Bratton (West Deptford, N.J.) netted a goal and Kratchmer added her second of the evening to end the first period 4-1 in favor of the Crusaders.

Holy Cross' fifth goal of the evening came at the 7:09 mark in the second period when Henry found the back of the net for her first goal of the night. O'Quinn scored again at the 9:37 mark and sophomore Meghan Reynolds (Marion, Mass.) added a goal four minutes later to give Holy Cross a six goal lead. Henry scored the final goal of the period in the 19th minute to end the period in Holy Cross' favor, 8-1.

Senior Christina D'Ambrogio (Toronto, Ontario) marked the Crusaders' only goal of the third period to end the game 9-1. Holy Cross senior goaltender Monique Gallant (Antigonish, Nova Scotia) made the start in net, minding the goal of the first two periods before being relieved by fellow senior goaltender Lindsay Atkinson (Westbank, British Columbia). Gallant allowed one goal and stopped six shots on net on her way to her seventh win of the season. Atkinson recorded three saves in 20 minutes of action. Three Nichols' goalies combined for time in net, with Christine Rigosi suffering the loss. Together, Nichols stopped 45 Holy Cross shots, while allowing nine goals. Holy Cross outshot the Bison 54-10.

The Crusaders will continue action away from the Hart Center on Saturday, Feb. 12, traveling to Manhattanville for a 7:00 p.m. face off with the Valiants.