Feb. 21, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Freshman forward Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) scored two goals as the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team defeated Southern Maine, 3-1, Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center. With the win, the Crusaders close out the regular season 22-2-1 (17-2-1 ECAC) and claim the ECAC East regular season Conference Title while the Huskies fall to 13-8-4 (12-5-2 ECAC).
The first period played out to a draw as neither team was able to find the back of the net. The Crusaders out shot the Huskies 22-3, but were unable to get past goalkeeper Kristen Gresko. Holy Cross and Southern Maine went to the locker room with a 0-0 tie.
The second period ended in a 0-0 stalemate. Holy Cross continued to test Gresko, out shooting Southern Maine 8-3, but couldn't get the puck past her. The Crusaders were unable to capitalize on three power play opportunities, sending the game into the third period tied, 0-0.
Southern Maine took the 1-0 lead at the 7:30 mark in the third period when Jessica Knight scored the power play goal from in the slot. Sophomore Christina D'Ambrogio (Toronto, Ontario) tied the game for the Crusaders at the 11:36 mark with a quick goal from the top of the crease. Hochkins scored the eventual game-winning goal for Holy Cross at the 19:15 mark. Hochkins' shot on goal was deflected by Gresko and into the goal. Hochkins added the third Holy Cross goal of the afternoon at the 19:43 mark on the empty net from beyond the blue line. The Crusaders were able to hold off the Huskies, ending the game up 3-1.
Sophomore goalkeeper Lindsay Atkinson (Westbank, British Columbia) made the start in net for the Crusaders, earning her ninth win of the season. Atkinson had 18 saves on 19 Southern Maine shots, while Gresko had 38 saves on 41 Holy Cross shots. The Crusaders were unable to convert on the power play opportunity, going 0-6, while the Huskies went 1-2.
Before the game, Holy Cross honored seniors Stephanie Couzin (Chicago, Ill.) and Amy McGhee (Newtown, Pa.) for their hard work and commitment to the women's ice hockey program. The Crusaders concluded the regular season and will play host to the ECAC Open Tournament Feb. 28-March 1. Holy Cross takes on ECAC opponent St. Michael's on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 5:00 p.m.