Pioneers Drop 7-6 Overtime Battle with Saint Anselm in ECAC Open Tournament Semis
Feb. 27, 2010
WORCESTER, MA (February 27, 2010) - Freshman Kaitlin O'Brien lit the lamp 52 seconds into overtime to give Holy Cross a 7-6 win over the Sacred Heart University women's ice hockey team in the semifinal round of the ECAC Open Tournament. With the loss, the Pioneers drop to 7-17-1 on the season and will play against St. Michael's in tomorrow's consolation at noon. The Hawks advance to the finals where they will face the host, Holy Cross, at 4:00 pm.
Saint Anselm jumped out to a 3-0 lead with goals from junior Kristen Byrne, senior Maria Dougherty, and sophomore Molly Corl in the first period. SHU answered with goals by sophomore Nicole Palazzo (Rocky Hill, CT) and junior Lauren Fontaine (Windsor, ON) to cut the lead to one by the end of the frame.
With less than seven minutes remaining in regulation SHU trailed 6-4 until back-to-back goals by sophomore Caitlin Gottwald (Reading, MA) and Fontaine (Windsor, ON) forced overtime.
For the game, Fontaine scored three times and added an assist. Senior Kate Dunlop (Flesherton, ON) contributed a score and an assist.
Byrne recorded a pair of goals and a pair of assists for the Hawks.
In net for Saint Anselm, sophomore Amy Zappen turned away 22 shot to earn the win. Pioneers sophomore Raelene Sydor (St. Albert, AB) registered 29 saves.