WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's hockey team defeated Vermont, 2-0, Sunday afternoon at the Hart Center Rink. With the win, the Crusaders secured their second Hockey East season series win of the year.
The Crusaders controlled this game from the very beginning, outshooting the Catamounts 12-5 in the opening frame. Vermont bounced back in the second, but Holy Cross killed the visitor's momentum when Mary Edmonds broke the scoreless tie just after the midway point of the period.
The Catamounts would pull their goalie in the waning seconds of the game and Katie MacCuaig made them pay, depositing an empty-net goal with just 31 seconds to play.
Julia Pelletier got the start in goal and made 29 saves, earning the first Hockey East shutout of her career.
1-0 HC (2nd, 11:40, EV): Edmonds put the Crusaders in front on a hard shot from the low slot. Sofia Smithson and Bailey Bennett picked up assists on the play.
2-0 HC (3rd, 19:29, EN): Antonia Matzka moved the puck across the ice to a waiting Carly Beniek, who pushed it forward to MacCuaig. The junior sunk the empty-netter from UVM's blue line.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Edmonds' fifth goal of the season ties her with Carlie Magier for the team lead.
- Holy Cross swept the season series against Merrimack, 3-0, and has now claimed the series over Vermont, 2-0-1.
- The Crusaders have scored at least two goals in each of the last six games.
Holy Cross will play its final home game of the season next Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:05 p.m. against Providence for the team's Senior Night.