SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team faced Division I College of the Holy Cross with a 9-0 loss on Friday at Cairns Arena. The Purple Knights are 2-3, while the Crusaders are 3-2-1.
Junior Nicole Talcott (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial Prep) had 35 saves in 40 minutes of play before first-year Lucy Chin (Lexington, Mass./East Coast Wizards) relieved her for the final period with 20 saves in her college debut. Sophomore Torrie Gray (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth North) and first-year Maddie Gervais (Glastonbury, Conn./East Catholic) had six and five blocks, respectively, and senior Kaitlyn Wurzer (Lee, N.H./Berwick Academy) won 10 faceoffs.
Junior Kelsey Goostrey led the Crusaders with two goals and an assist for three points. Seven other Crusaders notched a goal each while three of them also had an assist. First-year Julia Pelletier notched five saves.
The Crusaders' first tally came at 4:34 in the first period as junior Amanda Kewer's shot from the right circle hit the left post and rattled in. Senior Katherine O'Brien (East Sandwich, Mass./Tilton School) went one-on-one with a defenseman around the nine-minute mark to have her shot blocked and caught by the goalie off net. After a teammate won the faceoff and the puck was tipped back, first-year Antonia Matzka took a shot from low inside the left circle as Goostrey deflected the puck out front to put the Crusaders up 2-0 at 14:20.
Holy Cross struck 26 seconds into the second stanza as junior Sam Girard brought the puck down the right side, slicing one to the top left corner of the net. At 14:46, sophomore Maggie Hallisey received a backdoor pass to slip one past Talcott. The Crusaders notched their fifth goal at 16:21.
After two more Holy Cross tallies at 3:02 and 6:17 in the third, O'Brien slipped a power-play shot from the right circle through a defender's legs at 7:30 with Pelletier denying the try. First-year Krista Ferrari (Dunstable, Mass./East Coast Wizards) tried again for Saint Michael's at 11:15 from the right circle, causing Pelletier to make a right pad save. Chin made back-to-back saves with about five minutes left to deny Crusader attempts, but Holy Cross finished off the game with two more goals.
The Purple Knights host Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. to finish off the weekend.