WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman Kati Goguen (Acton, Mass.) scored the game-tying goal just under three minutes into the third period as the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team came from behind to tie Saint Anselm, 2-2, in front of a raucous crowd of just over 850 fans on Friday evening at the Hart Center during "Pink the Rink" night. The Crusaders are now 12-4-4 (6-3-4 ECAC East) on the season while the Hawks move to 12-4-4 (8-2-4 ECAC East).
Saint Anselm got on the board first just under five minutes into the first period when Tiffany Herron beat Holy Cross sophomore netminder Krista Manzanares (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) right in front off a pass from behind the goal by Kathryn Picarello. The Hawks doubled their advantage with 6:28 remaining in the stanza as Marianne Kristiansen corralled a pass from Herron just above the crease and banked the puck off the left pipe and across the goal line. Courtney Winters was also credited with an assist on both of the Hawks goals.
After a Saint Anselm penalty, Holy Cross finally responded with 2:56 remaining in the first as senior Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) peppered Hawks goaltender Lindsey Brown with two shots from close range and fellow classmate Rebecca O'Quinn (Arlington, Mass.) finally burried the puck in the back of the net for her seventh goal of the season. Sophomore Rebecca Fleming (Newton, Mass.) also added an assist on the score as the Crusaders trailed, 2-1, at the first intermission.
After a scoreless second period, the Crusaders tied the game, 2-2, on the power play with 17:14 remaining in the contest. Goguen one-timed a long rebound from the slot that saw its way through traffic in front and over Brown's left shoulder into the top right corner of the net. It was Goguen's fifth goal of the season as English and sophomore Nicole Giannino (Bay Shore, N.Y.) were credited with the helpers. It was English's team-high 13th assist of the season.
Holy Cross was unable to take advantage of two power play opportunities in the extra frame and the game ended in a 2-2 draw. Manzanares made 26 saves and recorded her first tie of the season, moving to 8-2-1 on the year. Brown made 23 stops and is now 6-2-2. Saint Anselm outshot the Crusaders by a slight margin of 28-25 in the game.
Fittingly on "Pink the Rink" night, Holy Cross' two power play goals means money pledged through Power Play Points For Pink will benefit PINK Revolution, an alliance of dedicated individuals with a unified commitment to those touched by breast cancer. Its mission is to support early detection and prevention strategies, fund clinical research advancements and promote survivorship programs in Central Mass. through its affiliation with the UMass Memorial Comprehensive Breast Center. For more information and to donate, go here: http://www.powerplaypointsforpink.com/.
The Crusaders will return to the Hart Center tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 p.m. for the final home game of the season. The five members of the senior class will be recognized in a brief ceremony prior to puck drop.