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Women's Hockey to Host Team China

Holy Cross Athletics   10-17-2017
Holy Cross (0-3-1)
vs. Team China 
Dates • Time: Oct. 18 • 7:05 p.m.
Location: Worcester, Mass.
Arena: Hart Center
Live Stats: Oct. 17
Live Tweets: @HCrossWHockey
Social Media: Facebook | Instagram
Tale of the Tape

2017-18 Stats

(China Stats vs St. Anselm)

HC MU
1.7 Goals/Game 8
4.7 Goals Allowed/Game 2
26.3 Shots/Game 42
3.7 Penalties/Game 6
22.2% Power Play 75%
72.2% Penalty Kill

PDF Game Notes

HOLY CROSS TO HOST TEAM CHINA
• The Holy Cross women’s hockey team will host Team China in an exhibition game on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7:05 p.m.

RECAPPING DARTMOUTH & NEW HAMPSHIRE
• The Crusaders played an exhibition game Friday, Oct. 13 against Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H and lost 3-2 in overtime.
Maeve Reilly and Danielle Doherty found the back of the net for the Crusaders.
• On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Crusaders played their first official road game against the New Hampshire Wildcats. The Crusaders fell 9-1.
• Holy Cross’ Amanda Kewer scored for Holy Cross in the first period.
Tessie Salatas posted 28 saves for the Crusaders in 60 minutes of play.

SCOUTING TEAM CHINA
• The Chinese National team has been members of the International Ice Hockey Federation since July 25, 1963.
• There are 294 female hockey players for China Hockey.
• St. Anselm faced Team China on Oct. 11 and lost 8-2.
• Xin Fang, Jessica Wong and Melanie Jue all scored two goals for Team China.
• Yuqing Wang recorded 12 saves in the net for Team China.
• Team China is coached by Digit Murphy, who assisted by Rob Morgan, Sunny Sun and Dan Dan.

HOLY CROSS RETURNEES
• Fifteen skaters return for the Crusaders in the 2017-18 season.
• Three goalies also return for Holy Cross.
Kara Violette led the team in points (19-16-35) last season.
• Four of the team’s top five points leaders return.
Tessie Salatas played 917:29 minutes between the pipes for the Crusaders, holding a .928 save percentage in 2016-17 and enters her senior season.

FRESH FACES
• Head coach Peter Van Buskirk adds six to the roster for the 2017-18 season - two defensemen, three forwards and one goalie.
Allison Attea and Antonia Matzka will join the defensive core.
Katie MacCuaig, Grace Peluso and Mackenzie Griffith join the Crusader offense.
Julia Pelletier joins the Crusaders as a goalie.

CRUSADER CAPTAINS
• Senior Kara Violette continues at the helm of the Crusader leadership, serving as captain for the second consecutive season. Junior Tori Messina has also been named captain alongside Violette.
• Junior Sam Girard has been named assistant captain for the Crusaders.

TRANSITION TO HOCKEY EAST
• The Crusaders will be transistioning from the Division III NEHC into the Division I Women’s Hockey East Conference next year, for the 2018-19 season.
• This season, Holy Cross will compete against Hockey East opponent, New Hampshire. In addition, the Crusaders will face Harvard and Dartmouth, who are members of the ECAC.
• The Crusaders will also have a mix of matches against Franklin Pierce, Sacred Heart, Post, Saint Michael’s and St. Anselm.
• Holy Cross will also host an exhibition game against Team China Oct. 18.

IN GOAL FOR THE CRUSADERS
• Holy Cross returns three goalies, two of which are dual-sport athletes.
• Senior goaltender Tessie Salatas enters the 2017-18 season having played 30 games, amassing 1743:21 minutes of play. She has made 544 saves and faced 589 shots for a career save percentage of .924 and 1.55 goals against average. She has an overall record of 25-4-0.
• As a junior, Salatas played in 16 games and went 11-4-0 during the 2016-17 season.
• Junior Alex Barnes also returns for the Crusaders. Barnes went 4-0-0 last season recording a .922 save percentage.
• Also returning in goal for the Crusaders is sophomore Marcia LaPlante. During the 2016-17 season, LaPlante played in eight games and made 127 saves recording a .927 save percentage.

NEW ADDITIONS TO THE CRUSADER STAFF
• The team welcomes new associate head coach Katie Lachapelle. She came to Holy Cross after nine seasons working as an assistant coach at Boston University from 2008-2017.
Michaela Tosone also joins the staff as the new director of operations. Tosone graduated from UMass Amherst where she was a member of the women’s hockey team.


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