WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior goalie Monique Gallant (Antigonish, Nova Scotia) earned her fourth shutout of the season Tuesday evening as the Holy Cross women's hockey team defeated Plymouth State University, 8-0, in an ECAC Women's East Conference match-up at the Hart Center.
The conference-leading Crusaders remained undefeated on the season at 9-0-1 overall (7-0-1 ECAC), while the Panthers fall to 0-7-0 (0-7-0 ECAC) on the season. It was a scoreless game until midway through the second period and Holy Cross led only 2-0 after two periods.
The first period was played to a draw as neither team was able to find the back of the net. Holy Cross outshot the Panthers 11-3, while no one was able to take advantage of the power play opportunity.
Holy Cross' offense finally broke through at the 11:20 mark of the second period when junior Jocelyn Kratchmer (Watrous, Sask.) scored on a pass from sophomore Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) and junior Emily Henry (Lumsden,Sask.). Seven minutes later, at the 18:29 mark, senior Kathryn Kelley (Dedham, Mass.) recovered a loose puck in front of the net and scored her first goal of the year to give Holy Cross a 2-0 lead.
The Crusaders exploded for six goals in the third period with Hochkins finding the back of the net on three of them. Kratchmer added her second goal of the night and senior Wendy Nobrega (Barrington, R.I.) and sophomore Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.) each scored for the Crusaders.
Gallant stopped seven Plymouth State shots on the way to her fourth shutout of the year and fifth win. Plymouth State goalie Nicole Provencher (Guilford, Conn.) made 44 saves. Holy Cross outshot Plymouth State 52-7 and went 0-2 on the power play while Plymouth State went 0-3.
PSU wraps up the semester Friday with a conference game at Salve Regina (9:00 p.m.) Holy Cross will return to the ice on Tuesday, Jan. 8 when it hosts Colby at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m.
(Courtesy of Holy Cross Sports Information)
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