WORCESTER, Mass. – Seniors Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) and Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.) put on an offensive clinic with the two combining for nine points as the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team defeated St. Michael's by a score of 8-0 earlier this evening. The Crusaders move to 9-0-1 overall (6-0-0 ECAC) with the victory while the Purple Knights of St. Michael's fall to 0-7-1 overall (0-7-1 ECAC). Hochkins scored the three goal hat trick with two assists and Garat scored two goals and also had two assists.
Holy Cross struck right away when Garet found Hochkins from behind the St. Michael's net to give the Crusaders the 1-0 lead 50 seconds into the game. Hochkins' goal was also assisted by Francesca Panarelli (Shrewsbury, Mass.). Midway through the period, Holy Cross made it 2-0 when the current ECAC East Player of the Week Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) scored off of assists by Hochkins and Garat.
Hochkins scored her second goal of the evening at 7:49 of the second period off an assist by junior Meghan Reynolds (Marion, Mass.). Just over a minute later sophomore Kylee Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.) found the back of the net to extend the lead to 4-0. Assists were credited to sophomore Tory Bratton (West Deptford, N.J.) and junior Alex Campione (Townsend, Mass.). Garat added the third goal for the Crusaders in three minutes at 10:13 off passes from Hochkins and Sophomore defender Amanda Gallagher (Park Ridge, Ill.). The two teams headed to the locker room with the score 5-0 in favor of Holy Cross.
Hochkins got the hat trick and her fifth point of the night on an unassisted goal at 7:46 of the third period. What started as a power play for St. Michael's ended in a shorthanded goal for the Crusaders when freshman Mary Klimasewiski (Cochester, Conn.) blistered a slap shot top shelf from 40 feet out. The tally was assisted by Freshman forward Rebecca Fleming (Newton, Mass.). Garat earned her fourth point of the evening on a power play goal with 15 seconds remaining in the game as she connected on a pass across the crease from English. Panarelli also assisted on the play to close out the 8-0 Crusader victory.
Freshman goalies Alexandra Stevenson (Norwood, N.Y.) and Megan Colpitts (Riverview, N.B.) combined for the shutout victory. Stevenson started in net, making 22 saves over the first two periods and extending her overall record to 4-0-0 on the season. Colpitts took over netminding duty for the third period and made four saves to preserve the shutout.
Holy Cross will get back to work tomorrow in a showdown of conference unbeatens when they host #2 nationally ranked Norwich. The puck is set to drop at 3:00 p.m. at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass.