NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team fell to Norwich in the final game of the regular season on Saturday afternoon by a score of 2-0. This marks the second time this season the Cadets have taken down the Crusaders as Holy Cross finishes second in the conference standings with a record of 18-3-3 (14-3-1 ECAC). Norwich finishes the regular season in first place going undefeated in the conference with a record of 22-2-1 (17-0-1 ECAC)
The first period saw little action as neither team was able to light the lamp. Holy Cross goaltender Alexandra Stevenson (Norwood, N.Y.) faced only seven shots in the period despite Norwich entering the contest having scored a league high 44 goals in the first period of games this season. The Crusaders ranked second with 26 but only put five shots on net.
The second period was marked by 10 penalties as Norwich got on the scoreboard first while on a five-on-three power play 4:10 into the period. Julie Fortier scored her 26th goal of the season for the Cadets off assists by Amanda Wilks and Sarianne Lynn. The second goal came at even strength with 9:27 remaining off the stick of Tyne Gove who netted her 13th goal of the year. The Crusaders put eight shots on net but were unable to get on the board despite five power play opportunities in the period.
Penalties continued to plague Norwich in the third but once again the Crusaders were unable to capitalize. Holy Cross outshot the Cadets 14-10 in the period but Norwich goaltender Kelly Fisk was up to the challenge and earned her seventh shutout this season and secured the Norwich 2-0 victory.
Holy Cross went 0-8 on the power play while Norwich went 1-4 and outshot the Crusaders in the game 34-27. Stevenson made 32 saves but recorded her first loss of the season moving her record to 6-1-1 (5-1-0 ECAC). Fisk stopped all 27 shots she faced and improved to 15-1-0 (11-0-0 ECAC) on the season.
The Crusaders will take part in the ECAC Open Tournament beginning next weekend, Feb. 25-26 in Manchester, N.H.