WORCESTER, Mass. - Freshman Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) scored two goals and recorded two assists Friday night as the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team defeated Plymouth State University, 7-0, in ECAC Women's East Conference action at the Hart Center.
Hochkins' four points gave her 25 assists and 48 points on the season, breaking the Holy Cross single-season assist and point records. The Crusaders improve to 21-2-1 (16-2-1 ECAC) while the Panthers fall to 1-20-0 (1-17-0 ECAC).
The Holy Cross offense exploded, scoring five goals in the first period, starting when senior Stephanie Couzin (Chicago, Ill.) scored on a power play at the 6:28 mark. Hochkins tallied her first goal of a evening at the 10:18 mark and junior Kathryn O'Connor (Brookfield, Conn.) gave the Crusaders the 3-0 lead at 15:09. Sophomore Jocelyn Kratchmer (Watrous, Saskatchewan) notched her 20th goal of the season at 15:58, while Hochkins scored a short handed, breakaway goal at the 18:56 mark to send the Crusaders to the locker room with the 5-0 lead.
The Crusaders out shot the Panthers, 22-0, In the second period,, but were only able to find the back of the net once. Couzin scored her second goal of the game at the 6:10 mark to give the Crusaders the 6-0 lead. Holy Cross continued to control the puck in the third period, out shooting Plymouth State 13-3, but was only able to score one more goal, by junior Kathryn Kelley (Dedham, Mass.).
Sophomore goalkeeper Monique Gallant (Antigonish, Nova Scotia) made the start in net for the Crusaders, improving to 6-0-1 and earning her second shutout, while PSU senior Lindsay DeLorie (Holliston, Mass.) finished with 55 saves.
Holy Cross continues competition at the Hart Center on Saturday, hosting ECAC East opponent Southern Maine for the Senior Day contest at 4:00 p.m. PSU wraps up its season Saturday with a conference game at Salve Regina (7:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Holy Cross Sports Information)
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