Jan. 20, 2006
Worcester, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team (6-8-1, 6-4-0 ECAC) defeated Saint Michael's (4-11-0, 3-7-0 ECAC) 2-0 to move two games above .500 in conference play for the first time since early November. Junior goalie Casey McCullion (Philadelphia, Pa.) picked up her second shutout of the year, and the fifth of her career in the win.
Junior Melissa Flanagan (Manchester Center, Vt.) scored her third goal of the season to get the Crusaders on the board, knocking home a rebound off freshman Amy McGhee's (Newtown, Pa.) shot just under two minutes into the game. The assist was McGhee's fourth. Flanagan's goal would ultimately prove to be the game winner.
In the second period Holy Cross had several good scoring opportunities including a 2-on-0 breakaway near the 15 minute mark. Junior Christine O'Hara's (Burnsville, Minn.) shot was saved by Saint Michael's senior goaltender Annice Mason (Berlin, Vt.). Each team had a power play chance in the period but failed to capitalize. The Crusaders put fives shots on goal but were unable to put the puck past Mason during their advantage.
Both goalies continued their solid work not allowing a goal for over 17 minutes into the final frame. Holy Cross had two more power play chances and again made Mason work hard as they took 14 total shots. Saint Michael's had their best opportunity after going even strength but McCullion made two point blank saves on Ashley Mabardy (Natick, Mass.).
With just 2:40 left in the game, sophomore Sam Murphy (Canton, Mass) would net a goal to push the Crusader's final lead to 2-0. Sophomores Katherine Falkowski (East Sandwich, Mass.) and Casey Harvell (Lexington, Mass.) assisted on the play.
McCullion picked up her second win of the season, both against the Purple Knights in shutouts, making 26 saves. Her counterpart, Mason stopped 37 shots in the loss.
For the game, both teams were 0-3 on the power play.
The Holy Cross women will take the ice again tomorrow afternoon as they will host Castleton State. The game will start at 3:00 p.m. at the Hart Center.