Bridgeport, Conn. – The Holy Cross women's hockey team kept their unbeaten streak alive as they defeated Sacred Heart earlier today by a score of 6-0 at the Webster Center. Junior Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) and freshman Mary Klimasewiski (Cochester, Conn.) led the Crusaders, each scoring a pair of goals. With the win, the Crusaders sweep the home/away series from the Pioneers and move to 7-0-0 (6-0-0 ECAC East) on the season. Sacred Heart leaves the rink still looking for their first win of the year as the Pioneers fall to 0-8-0 for the season.
After a scoreless first period, Sacred Heart looked to capitalize on a five-on- three power play early in the second period. The Crusader power play defense held steadfast and warded off the Pioneer threat. Holy Cross' power play defense kept Sacred Heart scoreless on seven power play opportunities on the day.
Holy Cross finally broke through the Sacred Heart defense at 8:06 of the second period when junior Rebecca O'Quinn (Arlington, Mass.) fired a pass from behind the Sacred Heart net that hit Klimasewiski in stride for a one-timer passed the Sacred Heart goalie that gave the Crusaders the 1-0 lead. Klimasewiski's goal came just seconds after Holy Cross' first power play expired.
Eight minutes later, the Crusaders capitalized on a Sacred Heart turnover as senior captain Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) finished off a three-on-two odd-man rush to score her ninth goal of the season which extended the lead to 2-0. Hochkins' goal was assisted by English and senior Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.).
English made it 3-0 in favor of the Crusaders with three seconds left in the period off a backhand pass out of the corner from Hochkins. With the assist, Hochkins became the all-time career assists leader at Holy Cross with 73 assists.
Holy Cross continued the scoring mid-way through the third period when English scored her second goal of the day at 8:06 by beating the Sacred Heart goalie with a wrist shot from the right face-off circle.
The Crusaders added two more goals late, first when junior Alyssa Ruhland (Minneapolis, Minn.) scored Holy Cross' fifth goal off a rebound and then the final tally came when Klimasweiski picked the pocket of a Pioneer defensemen and buried the breakaway goal to close out a 6-0 Holy Cross victory.
Senior goalie Carly Dominick-Sobol (Syracuse, N.Y.) collected the victory in net for the Crusaders. Dominick-Sobol made 30 saves on the day for her second shutout of the year and moves her record in goal to 3-0.
Holy Cross will break for a few days over the Thanksgiving holiday and then return to action on Saturday, Nov. 26 for a home game against Bowdoin. The puck is set to drop at 7:00 p.m. at the Hart Center.