January 28, 2012

Women's Ice Hockey Tops Southern Maine, 5-2

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women's hockey team skated to a 5-2 victory in the "Pink the Rink" to benefit breast cancer research game at the Hart Center against the visiting Southern Maine Huskies. Eight Crusaders recorded points in the game, led by junior Rebecca O'Quinn (Arlington, Mass.) who tallied a goal and an assist in the second period. With the victory, Holy Cross improves to 14-1-2 (11-1-0 ECAC) while the Huskies fall to 5-10-4 (5-6-2 ECAC).

The Crusaders came out firing after the ceremonial "Pink the Rink" puck drop, which included head coach Peter Van Buskirk's wife, Susan, assistant coach Derek Alfama's mother, Terry, and Holy Cross Associate Athletic Director Ann Zelesky, all of whom are breast cancer survivors. Junior forward Alex Campione (Townsend, Mass.) wasted no time netting her first goal of the season, unassisted, just 2:40 into the first period. Just over a minute later, freshman forward Nicole Giannino (Bay Shore, N.Y.) buried her second goal of the season to give Holy Cross a 2-0 advantage. Caroline English (Dochester, Mass.) recorded her 11th assist of the season on the play. Southern Maine cut the lead in half when junior Katie Davis fired an ice level shot from the blue line that was deflected up over the right shoulder of Crusader freshman goaltender Alexandra Stevenson (Norwood, N.Y.) by Jana Sacco at the 9:45 mark. The Crusaders outshot the Huskies 10-3 in the first period and took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

O'Quinn's ninth assist of the season came after she passed the puck to freshman forward Rebecca Fleming (Newton, Mass.) who recorded the game winning goal at 3:16 of the second period, burying a top shelf shot from 50 feet past Husky goaltender Liz Bergstrom. The Crusaders dominated the scoring in the second period, scoring two more goals including a shorthanded unassisted goal by national goals per game leader Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) and a power play goal by O'Quinn with just seven seconds left on the clock to give Holy Cross the 5-1 lead.

Southern Maine finished off the game scoring when senior Katie Paradis scored her fifth goal on the year just 1:03 into the third period. Overall, the Crusaders took advantage of eight Southern Maine penalties and went 2-8 on the power play while the Huskies went 1-5.

Stevenson made 20 saves on 22 shots to improve her record to 5-0-1 (4-0-0 ECAC) while Bergstrom stopped 20 on 25 shots and falls to 5-6-4 (5-3-2 ECAC). The Crusaders remain in second in points with 22 points behind only Norwich with 25.

The Crusaders finish out the month at the Hart Center against Colby on Jan. 31 at 6:00 p.m.