January 23, 2009

Women's Ice Hockey Defeats #10 Manhattanville, 3-2, In Overtime

Jan. 23, 2009

Box Score

PURCHASE, N.Y. - Sophomore Jocelyn Kratchmer (Watrous, Saskatchewan) scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team defeated ECAC East opponent No. 10 Manhattanville, 3-2, Friday night at the Playland Ice Casino in Purchase, N.Y. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 16-0-1 (11-0-1 ECAC) while the Valiants fall to 13-2-0 (11-2-0 ECAC). With the win, the Crusaders extend their unbeaten streak to 17 and are the only team this season to defeat Manhattanville.

Manhattanville got on the board first when Brianne Alfred scored off assists by Monique Rafferty and Erica Garcia at the 14 minute mark to take the 1-0 lead. Manhattanville then scored again at the 15:44 mark when Holly Nonis scored off a pass from Shannon Coffey to take a commanding 2-0 lead. The Crusaders didn't stay down for long, senior Stephanie Couzin (Chicago, Ill.) scored the power play goal off a pass from freshman Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) at the 18:31 mark, cutting the Valiant's lead in half.

The second period ended in a standstill as neither team was able to find the back of the net. The Crusaders outshot the Valiants, 10-7, but were unable to get past Manhattanville goalkeeper Karine Turmel.

Holy Cross evened the score, 2-2, at the 13:04 mark in the third period when sophomore Christina D'Ambrogio (Toronto, Ontario) scored the shorthanded goal, assisted by freshman Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.). The Crusader defense held the Valiants' offense at bay, ending the third period in a 2-2 tie and sending the game into overtime.

It only took Holy Cross one minute in overtime to find the back of the net and end the game. Kratchmer scored at the 1:09 mark in overtime, assisted by Couzin and Hochkins to win the game for Holy Cross.

Freshman goalkeeper Carly Dominick-Sobol (Syracuse, N.Y.) made the start in net for the Crusaders, making 19 stops and earning her seventh consecutive victory of the season, while Turmel made 31 stops and fell to 8-2-0. The Crusaders outshot the Valiants, 34-21 and went 1-8 on the power play while Manhattanville went 0-6.

Holy Cross continues ECAC East action on the road next Friday, Jan. 30, traveling to Henniker, N.H. to face off with New England College at 4:00 p.m.