Holy Cross Wins ECAC Open Title Over St. Anselm In Overtime Shootout

Jocelyn Kratchmer

S. BURLINGTON, Vt.  – Senior Jocelyn Kratchmer (Watrous, Saskatchewan) and junior Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.) each sank a shootout goal to lead the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team to its third consecutive ECAC Open title Sunday afternoon in South Burlington, Vt. The Crusaders tied St. Anselm, 4-4, in overtime to force the shootout, earning the ECAC Open win on the shootout goals by Garat and Kratchmer. Holy Cross concludes the 2010-2011 season with an overall record of 17-9-1, while St. Anselm wraps up the season with a record of 20-6-1. Kratchmer and junior Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) were named to the All-Tournament team, with Kratchmer taking home MVP honors.

St. Anselm picked up the first goal on a second chance rebound tally by Jacqueline Bouchie, but the Crusaders rebounded to take a 3-1 lead. Garat tied the game at the 9:51 mark with a shorthanded goal , Kratchmer gave the Crusaders a 2-1 lead 16:11 mark and sophomore Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) netted the third Holy Cross goal of the period at the 19:20 mark.

The Hawks pulled within one in the second period when Alex Hingston got the puck after two quick swing passes and fired a slapshot into the net from above the left circle. Sarah Ellins tied the game at 3-all by redirecting a slapshot by Angela Zevnik for a power play goal.

Kratchmer put the Crusaders back on top in the eighth minute of the third period with a top shelf wrist shot from the left wing, putting Holy Cross in prime position to hold on for the win. Ellins come through for the Hawks again, however, and broke away from the pack to score a breakaway goal and tie the game with just 19 seconds to play.

After a scoreless overtime period, the squads resorted to a shootout to determine the champion. Garat, who scored the Crusaders' first goal of the evening, made the first shot, and after St. Anselm's first miss, Kratchmer put the pressure on by flushing her shot with a slick left-to-right move. The Hawks couldn't find the net on their do-or-die attempt, making Holy Cross the winner in a 2-0 shootout.

Holy Cross senior goaltender Monique Gallant (Antigonish, Nova Scotia) allowed four goals and recorded 30 saves, including stopping St. Anselm in the shootout. Amy Zappen stopped 29 shots for Saint Anselm.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Holy Cross - Jocelyn Kratchmer, Sr., F (Most Valuable Player)
Holy Cross - Stacey Hochkins, Jr., F
St. Anselm - Rosemarie Giarrusso, So., F
St. Anselm - Alexa Hingston, Sr., D
St. Michael's - Madelena Santore, Jr., F
Sacred Heart - Lauren Fontaine, Sr., F