WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Rachel Miller (Jackson, Mich.) fired a slap shot from just inside the blue line with 1:48 remaining in the game to lift the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team over St. Michael's on Saturday night at the Hart Center, 3-2. With the victory, the Crusaders improve to 6-2-1 (4-2-1 ECAC East) on the season. The Purple Knights fall to 1-7-0 (1-7-0 ECAC East).
After a scoreless first period in which Holy Cross outshot St. Michael's, 13-0, senior Alex Campione (Townsend, Mass.) finally got the Crusader on the board with 4:33 remaining in the second period. Miller fired a shot from the blue line that was saved by St. Michael's goaltender Erin Stevens, but Campione was right in front of the net to gather the rebound and poke the puck just past Stevens' left pad for her third goal of the season. Sophomore Mary Klimasewiski (Cochester, Conn.) was also credited with the assists on the play. Holy Cross took a 1-0 lead into the final period of action.
Holy Cross doubled its advantage just 32 seconds into the final stanza as sophomore Rebecca Fleming (Newton, Mass.) deflected a shot from freshman Mackenzie Boardman (Anchorage, Alaska) into the back of the net. The Purple Knights took advantage of a power play to cut the lead in half as Fernanda Saavedra scored her first goal of the season on a powerful shot from right between the faceoff circles. With the score 2-1, St. Michael's forward Allison Graf riffled a shot from the blue line with traffic in front of Holy Cross goaltender Krista Manzanares (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.). The puck found its way to the back of the net and the game was tied, 2-2, with 8:09 remaining.
A Purple Knight penalty with 3:10 remaining in the game proved costly for St. Michael's as Miller took a pass from Campione and netted the game-winner. It was Miller's first goal of the season as the Crusaders skated away with the 3-2 victory.
Manzanares made three saves in the game, all in the second period, and moves to 4-1-0 on the season. Stevens made 41 saves and is now 1-7-0. Holy Cross outshot the Purple Knights 44-5 in the game.
The Crusaders will return to action tomorrow afternoon when they host Norwich at the Hart Center at 4:00 p.m.