Women's Hockey Opens Road Play Against Dartmouth and New Hampshire
HOLY CROSS TO PLAY DARTMOUTH AND NEW HAMPSHIRE
• The Holy Cross women’s hockey team will travel to Hanover, N.H. to face Dartmouth in an exhibition game Friday, Oct. 13.
• On Saturday, the Crusaders will play New Hampshire at 2 p.m. in Durham, N.H.
• The Crusaders faced RIT last weekend in two games at the Hart Center Rink.
• Holy Cross tied RIT, 2-2 in first game on Oct. 7, outshooting RIT 28-26. Both teams were unable to score in the overtime period.
• Maeve Reilly and Katie MacCuaig found the back of the net for the Crusaders.
• On Saturday, Oct. 8, the Crusaders and the Tigers were back on the ice. Holy Cross lost, 3-2 after the Tigers scored late.
• Holy Cross’ Reilly and Julie Matthias scored for the Crusaders both on the power play in the first and third periods, respectively.
• RIT scored with less than two minutes remaining in the third period to secure the win, 3-2.
• The Crusaders take on the Big Green for an exhibition game at 6 p.m. at Dartmouth.
• This is the first ever matchup between Holy Cross and Dartmouth, and the teams will play a non-conference game on Nov. 24.
• The Big Green went 7-21 overall in the 2016-17 season and 5-17 in the ECAC.
• Darmouth returns 15 athletes and welcomes seven freshmen to its roster. The Big Green lost seniors Kennedy Ottenbreit, who led the team with 11 goals.
• Returning in the net for the Big Green is junior Christie Honor, who played 323:30 minutes and recorded 152 saves.
• Dartmouth’s power play was 11.5% and the penalty kill was 86.6% for the 2016-17 season.
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE
• After the Dartmouth exhibition, the Crusaders travel to New Hampshire for their first regular season away game.
• The Wildcats are 1-0-1on the season after two games against Merrimack College.
• New Hampshire went 14-19-2 overall in the 2016-17 season and 11-11-2 in Hockey East.
• Senior Jonna Curtis led the Wildcats last year with 21 goals and 42 points.
• Junior goalie Hilary Cashin returns for the Wildcats. Chasin recorded 625 saves in 1471:31 minutes played.
• This will be the first matchup between the Crusaders and the Wildcats.
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.
• 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.
• 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.
TRANSISTION 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.