January 31, 2012

Women's Ice Hockey Defeats Colby, 4-0

WORCESTER, Mass. Senior forward Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) and freshman defenseman Francesca Panarelli (Shrewsbury, Mass.) each scored one goal and added three and two assists respectively as the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team earned its sixth straight win defeating Colby 4-0 at the Hart Center. The Crusaders took advantage of seven Colby penalties scoring three power play goals and added one short handed goal to finish out the month of January with a victory.

The first period featured 24 shots on goal but neither team was able to get the puck across the goal line. Holy Cross senior goaltender Carly Dominick-Sobol (Syracuse, N.Y.) made 16 saves in the first period including a point blank shot by sophomore Samantha Slotnick with Colby on the power play and just 45 seconds remaining in the period. The Crusaders best scoring chance came early in the period when Hochkins came streaking down the middle of the ice and fired a wrist shot on White Mules goaltender, sophomore Brianne Wheeler, who made the stop at the 3:31 mark.

The Crusaders took advantage of four Colby penalties in the second period by netting two power play goals. Freshman Nicole Giannino (Bay Shore, N.Y.) scored her third goal of the season at the 3:58 mark and junior Alex Campione (Townsend, Mass.) netted her second goal this season at 16:41. Both goals were assisted by Hochkins and Panarelli. The third goal of the period came in between the power play goals at 15:06 when Hochkins stole the puck behind the Colby net while on a penalty kill and curled out in front of the goal to bury her second unassisted short handed goal in as many games.

Panarelli added the third power play goal for the Crusaders with just 51 seconds remaining in the third period giving the Crusaders the 4-0 advantage. Panarelli took a pass from Hochkins at the blue line and fired the shot over Wheeler's right shoulder. Campione also recorded her third assist of the season on the play. Hochkins improved her season points total to 34 and is now tied for first in the ECAC East conference in overall points.

The Crusaders went 3-7 on the power play and killed off six penalties of their own to keep Colby off the scoreboard. Dominick-Sobol stopped all 34 shots she faced to record her eighth career shutout and team high third shutout of the season. Her record improves to 5-1-0 (3-1-0 ECAC) while Wheeler faced 25 shots, stopping 21, and falls to 3-12-2 (1-10-1 NESCAC) on the season.

The Crusaders did not lose in the month of January and look to continue their winning ways as they hit the road this weekend to take on St. Anselm on Feb. 3 at 7:00 p.m. and UMass-Boston on Feb. 4 at 1:00 p.m.