S. BURLINGTON, Vt. – After a scoreless first period of play, the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team poured in three goals in the second period and two in the third to defeat Sacred Heart, 5-3, in the first round of the ECAC Open Tournament in South Burlington, Vt. Saturday afternoon. With the win Holy Cross (17-9-0) advances to the championship round of action on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 4:00 p.m., while Sacred Heart (8-20-0) will play in the consolation game at 1:00 p.m.
After the first period was played to a stalemate, junior Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) jump started Holy Cross' offense with a goal at the 2:15 mark in the second period. Senior Jocelyn Kratchmer (Watrous, Saskatchewan) netted her first goal of the day off an assist from Hochkins to give the Crusaders a two goal lead in the 13th minute of the second period. Sacred Heart's Brittany Hartman cut into Holy Cross' lead, before Kratchmer added her second goal of the game 18:12 mark to make the score 3-1 in favor of the Crusaders.
Hochkins added her second goal of the game at the 1:44 mark in the third period and junior Nicola Garat's (Princeton, N.J.) goal at the 7:30 mark gave Holy Cross a 5-1 lead. Sacred Heart started to make a comeback with a goal at the nine minute mark and its third at the 19:16 mark with an extra man on the ice, but Holy Cross was able to fend off the Pioneers for the 5-3 victory.
Junior goaltender Carly Dominick-Sobol (Syracuse, N.Y.) earned the win for the Crusaders, allowing three goals while recording 25 saves. Sacred Heart's Alexius Schutt suffered the loss in net, allowing five goals and recording 40 saves. Holy Cross outshot Sacred Heart 45-28 and went 1-3 on the power play.
The Crusaders will meet up with the winner of the St. Anselm vs. St. Michael's game in the championship game of the ECAC Open on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 4:00 p.m.