WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team skated to a 2-2 versus Castleton State on Friday afternoon in a 1:00 p.m. matinee at the Hart Center and rematch of last weekend's Rutland Herald Invitational final. With the draw, the Crusaders are now 10-4-2 (4-3-2 ECAC East) while the Spartans move to 7-5-3 (4-2-3 ECAC East).
Castleton State got on the board first with 12:13 remaining in the first period on the fifth goal of the season for sophomore Brianna Narodowy. The puck was loose in front of Crusader sophomore goaltender Alexandra Stevenson (Norwood, N.Y.) and Narodowy stuffed the puck past the goal line to make the score, 1-0, Spartans after one period of play.
The second stanza went scoreless as Holy Cross' best scoring opportunity came with just over seven minutes left when sophomore Rachel Miller (Jackson, Mich.) corralled the puck on a turnover just inside the Crusader offensive blue line and laced a shot from above the left circle. Castleton State sophomore goaltender Paula Stephens made a tremendous glove save to preserve the Spartan lead going into the third period.
Holy Cross stepped up its offensive attack in the third and scored two goals in just over one minute to take the 2-1 advantage. The first tally came with 14:55 remaining as sophomore Chelsea Monahan (Cherry Hill, N.J.) sent a pass from the far corner to sophomore Francesca Panarelli (Shrewsbury, Mass.) in front of the net. She beat Stephens top shelf to tie the game. With 13:54 on the clock, senior Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) scored her fourth goal of the season with assists from sophomores Rebecca Fleming (Newton, Mass.) and Mary Klimasewiski (Cochester, Conn.) and the Crusaders maintained a 2-1 advantage for the majority of the third period.
The fifth penalty of the game on the Crusaders with 2:35 remaining proved costly as the Spartans tied the game with just 1:55 left on the clock. Freshman Rachel Bombardier send a pass from the corner to fellow classmate Nicoline Jensen just inside the opposite circle and she beat Stevenson as she was ranging into position from the near post. With the game tied, 2-2, Holy Cross suffered another penalty in the extra frame but Castleton State was unable to take advantage. Despite outshooting the Crusaders in overtime, 4-0, the final horn sounded with the score knotted, 2-2.
Stevenson made 39 saves, including 16 in the first period, to move to 4-2-2 on the season. Stephens made 32 saves and is now 6-4-3. The Spartans went 1-6 on the power play while the Crusaders were 0-2. Castleton State outshot Holy Cross in the game, 41-34.
The Crusaders will return to the Hart Center ice tomorrow, Jan. 19, for a 1:00 p.m. game versus visiting New England College.