Holy Cross Edges Past Sacred Heart 2-0 To Advance To The ECAC Open Championship Game

Kylee Sullivan

WORCESTER, Mass – Senior Kylee Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.) and junior Mary Klimasewiski (Cochester, Conn.) each scored a goal in the second period as the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team defeated Sacred Heart, 2-0, on Saturday at the Hart Center by a score of 2-0 in the semifinals of the ECAC Open Championship held at Holy Cross. With the win, The Crusaders will take part in the ECAC Open Championship game tomorrow afternoon versus St. Anselm. The Hawks defeated St. Michael's, 5-0, in the first semifinal game. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 18-7-1 overall while the Pioneers slip to 6-15-6.

The first period was quiet as neither was able to find the back of the net. Holy Cross held the edge on shots 25-4.

Sullivan notched a short-handed goal which was the first goal of the game at 3:30 of the second period for her ninth goal of the season. The assist was credited to junior Nicole Giannino (Bay Shore, N.Y.) it was her 14th assist on the season and leads all Crusaders in points. Just three minutes later, Klimasewiski scored her ninth goal on the year to increase the Crusaders lead to 2-0. One of the captains, Francesca Panarelli (Shrewsbury, Mass.), earned her seventh assist on the year.

Both teams came flying out to the start of the final period of play. Sacred Heart posted a total of nine shots during the final stanza compared to Holy Cross who took 14 shots on target. The Pioneers had two power play opportunities but were unable to produce any goals. With the buzzer going off the Crusaders will be moving onto the next round in the tournament.

The face-offs were very close between the two teams as Holy Cross garnered 27 while Sacred Heart won 25.

Junior goaltender Alexandra Stevenson (Norwood, N.Y.) earned her fourth shutout on the season as she now holds a 10-3-1 record on the season. In the win today Stevenson made a total of 18 saves. The Pioneers net minder Alexius Schutt had an incredible performance between the pipes as she posted a total of 53 saves but suffered the loss.

The Crusaders return to the ice on Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Hart Center as they go up against St. Anselm at 5:00 p.m. This will be the fifth ECAC Open Championship game between the two teams. Last season the Hawks defeated the Crusaders in overtime, 4-3. The last time Holy Cross won the ECAC Open Tournament was in 2010 as they faced St. Anselm.