Panthers look to regroup Saturday at Salve
WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman goalie Megan Colpitts earned her first career victory and senior Stacey Hochkins tallied a first period hat trick Friday night as the Holy Cross Crusaders cruised past visiting Plymouth State University, 5-0, in Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women's East ice hockey action at the Hart Center.
The Crusaders jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period and never looked back. Holy Cross improves to 13-1-2 (10-1-0 ECAC), while the Panthers fall to 1-12-3 (1-8-2 ECAC).
The Crusaders got out to an early lead thanks to Hochkins, who netted two goals in the first 12 minutes and added a third at the 16:52 mark. Junior Caroline English recorded the lone assist on all three Hochkins goals. Also adding to the score sheet in the first period was freshman Mary Klimasewiski, who scored her eighth goal of the season at the 12:15 mark.
Holy Cross continued the offensive attack in the second period out-shooting the Panthers 17-7. Freshman Madison Schneider gathered a loose puck in front of Plymouth State goal and buried it in the back of the net. Colpitts made several outstanding saves in the period, fending off a two-on-one attack and stopping a point blank open shot by Allison Collins. The Panthers' best scoring chance came with just over three minutes remaining in the second period when a shot by senior Jaimie Camara rang the pipe and bounced off the crossbar.
The Crusaders kept the pressure on in the third period and managed 48 shots on goal for the game. Colpitts finished with 20 saves, while PSU sophomore Ali Ponte made 43 saves.
PSU continues its weekend road trip with a Saturday night game at Salve Regina University. The Crusaders take on Southern Maine Saturday in the first ever women's hockey "Pink the Rink" game.
(Courtesy of Holy Cross Sports Information)
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