Jan. 5, 2007
Gorham, Maine - The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team returned to action after a month long break, proving that a little rest goes a long way in a 5-3 win over the University of Southern Maine Friday night in Gorham, Maine. Sophomore Stephanie Couzin (Chicago, Ill.) added two goals to the Crusader offense, marking her third multi-goal game of the season. The Crusaders improve to 7-3 overall and 6-3 in the ECAC East, while conference foe Southern Maine drops to 2-9 on the season.
Couzin got the scoring started for the Crusaders 3:57 into the contest on a powerplay goal off of assists from freshman Katelyn Doherty (Toronto, Ontario) and junior Sam Rush (Wakefield, Mass.). The Huskies would fight back to tie the score at 8:18 into the game off of a goal from Brittany George. Southern Maine would see their first lead of the game less than three minutes later as the Huskies' Megan Irving put one past senior netminder Casey McCullion (Philadelphia, Pa.).
Holy Cross fought back in the second period with two consecutive goals. Doherty scored a powerplay goal 6:23 into the second period, tying the game 2-2. Freshman Kathryn Kelley (Dedham, Mass) would give the Crusaders a 3-2 lead 33 seconds later on an even-handed goal. Southern Maine put up a fight, getting their third goal of the game with 50 seconds remaining in the second stanza, bringing the score to a 3-3 tie heading into the break.
The Crusaders would put the game away with 8:03 remaining in the contest off of Couzin's second goal of the game. Freshman Kathryn O'Connor (Brookfield, Conn.) added the insurance goal for Holy Cross with 4:59 remaining, bringing the final score to 5-3.
McCullion stopped 17 shots on her way to her fifth win of the season as Southern Maine's Jen Arno stopped 34 shots for the Huskies.
The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team will be back in action Tuesday, January 7 traveling to Waterville, Maine to take on Colby College. Game time is set for 7:00 pm.