WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team tied visiting Manhattanville 2-2 on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center in conference action. The Crusaders remain in second place in the ECAC East with a conference record of 13-2-1 (17-2-3 overall) while Manhattanville slips from third to fourth place and sits at 9-4-3 (11-8-4 overall).
Manhattanville squandered two power play opportunities in the first period and went 0-4 on the advantage in the game as both teams struggled to generate offense. The lone goal of the period came at the 16:32 mark for the Valiants when junior Katie Little took a redirected shot off a Crusader skate and snuck the puck past senior Crusader goaltender Carly Dominick-Sobol (Syracuse, N.Y.) to make the score 1-0 after one.
The second period saw more of the same offensively for the Crusaders as they were unable to capitalize on four Manhattanville penalties resulting in three power plays. The Valiants outshot Holy Cross 13-6 in the period and were rewarded at the 17:21 mark when junior Sonia Occhionero took a pass in front of the net from Little for her second goal of the season to give Manhattanville the 2-0 lead.
The Crusaders came out fighting in the third period netting their fourth goal in the first minute of a period in the last three games. A carry over penalty on Manhattanville's Lynsey Schill led to a power play goal for freshman Crusader Francesca Panarelli (Shrewsbury, Mass.) just 23 seconds into the period and cut the lead to one. The sixth penalty for the Valiants proved costly as the Crusaders were able to tie the game 2-2 with 4:16 remaining in regulation when junior Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) recorded her 10th goal of the season on an assist from senior captain Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.). Dominick-Sobol made 11 saves in the final period to keep the Valiants off the board and the Crusaders faced their first conference overtime game of the season.
Manhattanville took two of the three shots on goal in the extra frame but neither team was able to score and both teams went home having earned one point in the conference standings. The Crusaders ended up 2-6 on the power play to prevent their third loss of the season and Dominick-Sobol made 29 saves on 31 shots in her final game at the Hart Center to move to 5-2-1 (3-2-1 ECAC East). Manhattanville goaltender Mary Evans stopped 25 of 27 shots and her record stands at 4-1-2 (2-0-2 ECAC East).
Holy Cross will end the regular season with two games on the road before the ECAC Open Tournament. The Crusaders will travel to St. Michael's (Feb. 17) for a 4:00 p.m. puck drop and then look to avenge a mid-season loss to conference frontrunner Norwich (Feb. 18) at 1:00 p.m.