Crusaders Set For ECAC Open Tournament

WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY
Overall: 16-9-0 (13-5-0 ECAC); Last Week: 1-0-0
Scoreboard: Holy Cross 7, Southern Maine 2, Worcester, Mass., 2/20
Schedule: Saturday, Feb. 26, at ECAC Open Tournament, vs. Sacred Heart, Colchester, Vt., 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 27, at ECAC Open Tournament, vs. TBA, Colchester, Vt., TBA 

  • The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team (16-9-0 overall, 13-5-0 ECAC East) travels to Colchester, Vt. for the 2011 ECAC Open Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 26 and Sunday, Feb. 27. The Crusaders received the number two seed and will play number three seeded Sacred Heart (8-19-0) at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday in the opening round of play. Number one seed, St. Anselm (19-6-0, 13-5-0 ECAC East), will play number four seeded St. Michael's (5-18-2, 4-12-2 ECAC East) at 4:00 p.m. The consolation game will be played at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27 followed by the championship game at 4:00 p.m.
  • Holy Cross is 8-4 all-time at the ECAC Open since the tournament started in the 2004-2005 season. The Crusaders have won the last two championships, claiming the title at the Hart Center both years. Junior Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) was named the MVP of the 2010 ECAC Open after leading the Crusaders to a 3-1 victory over St. Anselm in the championship game.
  • Holy Cross split a pair of games earlier this season with Sacred Heart. On Nov. 3, the Crusaders earned a 5-0 win on the road against the Pioneers, before dropping a 3-2 contest at the Hart Center on Nov. 9. Holy Cross holds an all-time record of 9-12-1 against the Pioneers, including a 2-2 record in ECAC Open action.
  • St. Anselm earned the number one seed in the tournament after posting an overall record of 19-6-0. The Crusaders and the Hawks split a pair of game this season, both in Manchester, N.H. Holy Cross earned a dominating 6-1 victory over St. Anselm on Nov. 13, with five Crusaders finding the back of the net, including two goals by Hochkins. On Feb. 4, Holy Cross suffered a 4-2 defeat to St. Anselm, as it played from behind the entire game. Senior Jocelyn Kratchmer (Watrous, Saskatchewan) worked hard to get the Crusaders within striking distance, scoring two goals to bring the game within one, but Holy Cross was never able to gain a lead. Holy Cross is 3-12-1 all-time against St. Anselm and has never defeated the Hawks in ECAC Open play.
  • Holy Cross owns an unblemished 26-0-0 all-time record over St. Michael's, including a 7-1 victory on Jan. 15 this season. Holy Cross has faced off against St. Michael's in five consecutive ECAC Open games, outscoring the Purple Knights 21-6.
  • No. 3 Norwich claimed the ECAC East regular season title with a conference record of 17-0-1 and 35 points. Manhattanville claimed the number two spot with 27 points and a 13-4-1 league record. Holy Cross finished in a three-way tie for third with New England College and St. Anselm with 26 points.
  • Kratchmer enters the ECAC Open tournament with 69 career goals and 71 career assists for 140 career points. She tops the Holy Cross career record list in points, assists and game-winning goals (14), while she ranks second on the career goal list and is tied for second with 17 power play goals.
  • Senior Monique Gallant (Antigonish, Nova Scotia) enters the last weekend of action tied for first on the Holy Cross career record list with 36 wins. Entering this weekend's games, Gallant holds a career record of 36-13-6 and has recorded 1,013 saves.