Three Power Play Goals Lift Crusaders Over Tigers, 3-2

Feb. 17, 2006

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team capitalized on the 6-on-5 advantage Friday night, netting three power play goals en route to a 3-2 victory over Rochester Institute of Technology. Sophomore Sam Rush (Wakefield, Mass.) scored the game winning third period goal to lock up the Crusaders' first winning conference record since the 2002-2003 season when they went 15-5-0 in the ECAC East.

Junior Casey McCullion (Philadelphia, Pa.) once again came up big in goal for the Crusaders (10-12-1, 10-8-0 ECAC) stopping 28 shots and only giving up only two goals to a RIT (14-9-0, 14-4-0 ECAC) offensive attack that has average over four goals per game this season.

Holy Cross got the scoring started at the 13:09 mark in the first period when sophomore Katherine Falkowski (East Sandwich, Mass.) netted her eighth goal of the season off a feed from sophomore Sam Murphy (Canton, Mass.).

Keeping the pressure on, senior Kolt Bloxson (Fitchburg, Mass.) added another score, her 10th, just over two minutes into the second frame to put the Crusaders up 2-0. Fellow senior Sarah Wetherbee (Canton, Mass.) and sophomore Allie DeAngelis (Framingham, Mass.) picked up assists on the power play goal.

Bloxson became the second Crusader women to hit double figures in goals on the season.

RIT would cut the deficit in half when Stacey McConnell knocked home the first of her two goals on the evening with 14:17 left in the third period. Isabelle Richard and Brittany Davies assisted on the goal.

Once again taking advantage of the 6-on-5 advantage, Rush would put away the game with 11:49 left when she scored her fourth goal of the season off assists from Murphy and junior Shara Conroy (Londonderry, N.H.).

Sam Murphy's two assists on the game gives her 13 on the season, which ranks second on the team.

McConnell would add another goal, unassisted, for RIT just two minutes after the game winner, but it would not be enough as the Crusaders prevailed, 3-2.

For RIT, goalie Breanna Dobbe would make 20 saves in the loss. Crusader goalie Casey McCullion moved to 5-7-1 on the season with the win.

Holy Cross went 3-4 on the power play as RIT went 1-4.

The Crusader women will play their regular season finale tomorrow night, Feb. 18 at 7:00 p.m. as they once again take on RIT in Rochester, N.Y.