WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team had their 10 game unbeaten streak ended earlier today by Norwich by a score of 5-0 at the Hart Center. With the loss, Holy Cross moves to an overall record of 9-1-1 (6-1-0 ECAC East) and remains in second place in the league standings with 12 points. Norwich improves to 8-1-1 overall (7-0-1 ECAC East) and takes sole procession of first place in the league with 15 points.
The Cadets controlled the tempo early and struck with two first period goals. The first came at 6:26 on a goal by sophomore Renee Lortie assisted by sophomore Marie-Philip Guay and senior Melissa Rundlett. Holy Cross looked to turn the momentum back in their favor with a power play opportunity mid-way through the period when Norwich was called for a tripping penalty. Unfortunately for the Crusaders, senior Julie Fortier of Norwich nullified the advantage when she found the net for a short-handed goal at 12:35 to give the Cadets a 2-0 lead. Rundlett picked up her second assist on the tally.
In the second period, Holy Cross was outshot 17-6 by Norwich and conceded two power play opportunities. Senior Amanda Wilks of the Cadets converted on the first power play at 11:58 and then Fortier scored her second goal of the evening at 14:23 to make the score 4-0 heading into the final period.
Holy Cross was on the doorstep several times in the third period but just could not find a consistent offensive rhythm by scoring that first goal. Norwich added a late power play goal by freshman Tyne Gove to make the game 5-0.
Senior goalie Carly Dominick-Sobol made 33 saves for Holy Cross and took her first loss of the season. She is now 3-1-0 on the year. Norwich goalie Kelly Fisk moved to 5-0-0 on the season with her 22 save performance.
Holy Cross will travel to take on Connecticut College on Wednesday, Dec. 7 for a non-league game beginning at 7:00 p.m.