Two Road Games Ahead for Women's Hockey
WORCESTER, Mass - The Holy Cross women’s hockey team will travel to South Burlington, Vt. for two games against St. Michael’s. The Crusaders beat the Purple Knights in both matchups last year, 3-1.
SCOUTING HOLY CROSS
• The Crusaders are 2-3-1 on the season after facing RIT, New Hampshire and Franklin Pierce in October. The Crusaders will have two road games against St. Michael’s to start November play.
• Maeve Reilly leads the Crusaders in points with five on the season (2-3-5).
• Kara Violette is five points away from recording 100 career points. She has tallied two assists through five games (0-2-2).
• Julia Pelletier has a .927 save percentage, averaging 1.30 goals against with a 2-0-1 record.
• The Crusaders scored nine goals against Franklin Pierce last week with Emily Lissner and Danielle Doherty both netting two goals. Lissner and Doherty’s multi-goal games came on Oct. 25 in the 6-1 win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Four different Crusaders have recorded two goals on the season to lead the team: Reilly, Doherty, Lissner and McCuaig.
• Hannah Gillis, Julie Matthias and Reilly all have three assists on the season.
• Freshman Julia Pelletier has defended the net for Holy Cross in 60.7% of the games. She started in the first matchup against RIT and both matchups with Franklin Pierce. Pelletier has a .927 save percentage and a 1.30 goals against average.
• Senior Tessie Salatas has played in 39.3% of the games for the Crusaders, starting in the second RIT game and against New Hampshire. She has a .824 save percentage and 6.00 goals against average.
• Holy Cross is 10% on the powerplay and has a 83.3% penalty kill through five games.
CRUSADERS IN EXHIBITION PLAY
• The Crusaders traveled to Dartmouth on Oct. 14 to face the Big Green. Holy Cross lost, 3-2, in overtime with goals from Reilly and Doherty.
• This was the first matchup between the Crusaders and the Big Green. The teams will play again Nov. 24.
• Holy Cross also hosted the Chinese National team in an exhibition Oct. 18.
• The Crusaders lost to the Chinese National team, 3-1, with a goal from MaCuaig.
• Pelletier was in the net for the Crusaders and recorded 36 saves.
RECAPPING FRANKLIN PIERCE
• Holy Cross leads the 2017-18 season series 2-0.
• The Crusaders traveled to Winchendon, Mass., Saturday Oct. 20 and defeated the Franklin Pierce Ravens, 3-1.
• Young scored a power play goal in the first period from Gillis and Reilly to give Holy Cross the 1-0 lead.
• Freshman Allison Attea notched her first career goal in the second period and was assisted by Doherty and Matthias.
• MacCuaig scored a breakaway goal assisted by Sam Girard and Antonia Matzka to give the Crusaders a 3-1 lead in the third.
• Pelletier recorded 14 saves against the Ravens.
• In the second matchup of the season at home, the Crusaders defeated the Ravens 6-1.
• Emily Lissner and Danielle Doherty led Holy Cross with two goals each on the night scoring in the first and second periods to take the 4-0 lead.
• Antonia Matzka netted her first career goal in the third, and Tori Messina had an unassisted goal to take the game, 6-1.
SCOUTING ST. MICHAEL’S
• The Purple Knights stand at 2-2-0 on the season.
• St. Michael’s defeated Post twice and dropped two games to Potsdam.
• Jillian Witwicki leads the Purple Knights with three points in the three games (1-2-3).
• St. Michael’s has a 91.7% penalty kill and went 16.7% on power plays through their first four games.
• The Purple Knight’s goalie Nicole Talcott has recorded a .915 save percentage and a 2.26 goals against average.
• St. Michael’s finished last season with a 4-21-0 record.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE PURPLE KNIGHTS
• Holy Cross rallied to a 3-1 victory over St. Michael’s last January.
• Matthias tied the game 1-1, and Kara Violette had two straight goals to take the game, 3-1.
In Goal for the Crusaders
• Pelletier has played in three games notching 51 saves with a .927 save percentage and 1.30 goals against average. Pelletier’s record for the 2017-18 season stands at 2-0-1 after two wins against Franklin Pierce and a tie against RIT.
• Senior goaltender Tessie Salatas has also played in two games and has made 56 saves, facing 68 shots for a season save percentage of .824 and 6.00 goals against average. This season she has a 0-2-0 record after facing New Hampshire and RIT.
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 competed 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 hosted an exhibition game against Team China on Oct. 18.
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.