WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team dropped a 6-3 decision to the University of Connecticut Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center.
Following yesterday's lead, the first period was filled with more goals, five, than the second two periods combined, four. Rachel Moore stayed hot and followed up her three-point performance on Friday with two goals today. Maeve Reilly had the other Crusader tally and Victoria Young, Danielle Doherty, Carlie Magier, and Julie Matthias all recorded assists.
A bright spot for Holy Cross was going two-for-two on its power play opportunities today. Moore and Reilly each lit the lamp on the man advantage.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
1-0 CONN (1st, 2:36, EV): The Huskies opened the scoring with Natalie Snodgrass' first of three on the day.
2-0 CONN (1st, 4:29, EV): UConn was quick to add a second goal, this time by Morgan Wabick.
2-1 HC (1st, 9:50, PP): Moore put the Crusaders on the board not long after with a power play goal. She was set up in front of UConn's Morgan Fisher and when Young sent a blast her way from just inside the blue line, Moore was able to deflect it in.
2-2 HC (1st, 15:14, EV): Moore wasn't done there. She was able to tie it up when she got her own rebound and sent a shot in hard from the right side. Fisher stopped it, but wasn't able to control it and it slid into the back of the net.
3-2 CONN (1st, 16:18, EV): Wabick got her second of the day for the Huskies to close the period.
4-2 CONN (2nd, 9:02, PP): UConn got on the board first in the second with a power play goal of its own.
4-3 HC (2nd, 14:31, PP): Reilly had the puck behind the net and she slid out by Fisher, sent a shot in that got blocked by the defense, got the rebound, and beat the goalie on her second effort.
5-3 CONN (3rd, 00:45, EV): Snodgrass completed her hat trick just 45 seconds into the final frame.
6-3 CONN (3rd, 11:45, EV): UConn added an insurance goal late.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Moore's fourth and fifth points of the weekend give her the team lead with 10. She also leads with five assists and shares the team-high of five goals.
- The Crusaders scored six goals this weekend, giving them their highest two-game total of the season.
- They also killed six of the seven penalties they faced against UConn, for a .857 percentage.
Holy Cross will host Maine for a pair of games next Saturday, Jan. 12 and Sunday, Jan. 13.