WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior forward Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) scored three goals including the game winner, as the Holy Cross women's hockey team defeated Castleton State, 4-1, on Friday night at Spartan Arena in ECAC East action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 11-1-2 overall (8-1-0 ECAC East), while the Spartans fall to 6-9-0 overall (5-4-0 ECAC East). The Crusaders now run their win streak to two games, as they beat Salve Regina 6-2 at home on Jan. 14. Hochkins' hat trick pulls her into second in the ECAC East points total with 25 (17 goals, eight assists).
In a very evenly matched first period both teams were able to hold their ground very well. The Crusaders were able to kill the only penalty in the period and managed to keep Castleton State off the scoreboard. Senior goalie Carly Dominick-Sobol (Syracuse, N.Y.) made five saves in the period and Katharyn Dembowski made 13 for Castleton State. Both teams headed into the first intermission the same way they started at a 0-0 tie.
Early in the second period, the Crusaders found themselves on the penalty kill, and were able to do so. The first goal of the game was found when the Crusaders were on the other side of the power play, skating with an advantage as Hochkins skated across the ice and placed a wrist shot over the shoulder of Dembowski at the 7:49 mark. Freshman defenseman Jessica Frascotti (Needham, Mass.) and freshman forward Mary Klimasewiski (Cochester, Conn.) assisted on the goal. At the 11:37 mark, Castleton State was able to tie the game, 1-1 when Meagan Hulbert was able to find the back of the net on a rebound that Dominick-Sobol was unable to handle. With just 2:34 remaining, Hochkins was able to score her second goal of the game and put the Crusaders on top, 2-1. Freshman defensemen Francesca Panarelli (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and freshman forward Nicole Giannino (Bay Shore, N.Y.) were able to record assists on Hochkins goal. The Crusaders were able to take the 2-1 advantage into the locker room.
Just 1:01 into the third period Hochkins was able to increase the Crusader lead by two and notched her third goal of the game as sophomore defenseman Emily Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.) and sophomore defenseman Amanda Gallagher (Park Ridge, Ill.) assisted on Hochkins shorthanded goal. Frascotti netted the fourth goal of the game for the Crusaders at the 17:26 mark as she was able to put back a rebound past Dembowski. Holy Cross was able to maintain that lead and win by three, 4-1.
The Crusaders went 2-3 on the man-advantage as the Spartans went 0-4. Dominick-Sobol recorded 17 saves, and improves to 4-1-0 on the season, while Dembowski posted 33 saves, and is now 5-6-0. Holy Cross outshot Castleton State, 37-18.
The Crusaders return to action tomorrow Saturday, Jan. 21 when they travel to meet ECAC East opponent New England College at 1:00 p.m.