Women's Ice Hockey Heads To St. Anselm; Hosts #8 Connecticut College
|Game 10: HOLY CROSS (8-1-0, 5-0-0 NEHC) VS. ST. ANSELM (7-1-0, 6-1-0 NEHC)|
|DATE:||Fri., Dec. 2 at 4:00 p.m.||LOCATION:||Manchester, N.H.|
|SERIES RECORD:||St. Anselm Leads, 20-10-3||LAST MEETING:||4-3 (OT), Holy Cross (Feb. 28, 2016)|
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|Game 11: HOLY CROSS (8-1-0, 5-0-0 NEHC) VS. #8 CONN. COLLEGE (3-0-0, 2-0-0 NESCAC)|
|DATE:||Tues., Dec. 6 at 7:05 p.m.||LOCATION:||Worcester, Mass.|
|SERIES RECORD:||Conn. College Leads, 8-6-2||LAST MEETING:||2-1, Holy Cross (Dec. 8, 2015)|
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The Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team will travel to Manchester, N.H. on Friday, Dec. 3 to face St. Anselm at 4:00 p.m. before returning to the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex on Tuesday, Dec. 6 to host No. 8 Connecticut College in non-conference action at 7:05 p.m.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CRUSADERS
- The Crusaders stand 8-1-0 overall, holding a 5-0-0 conference mark after most recently defeating Wesleyan, 3-1, on Nov. 27. Sophomore forward Julie Matthias led the team with three points, as freshman goaltender Marcia LaPlante earned a win in her season debut between the pipes. She tallied 15 saves and a .938 save percentage with a 1.00 goals against average. To read the recap, click here.
- Matthias was named the NEHC Player of the Week for competition from Nov. 20-27, as she has notched at least one goal in the last three games. To read the story, click here.
- Leading the way for Holy Cross with 14 points is junior co-captain forward Kara Violette. While her 14 points rank fourth in the NEHC, her seven goals are tied for third in the conference, and her seven assists are tied for sixth.
- Right behind Violette is sophomore forward Sam Girard, who ranks seventh in the NEHC with 12 points, consisting of seven goals and five assists.
- The Crusaders have tallied three short-handed goals this season, which are the most in the conference. Girard, Matthias and junior forward Emily Lissner each have a short-handed score.
- With six points consisting of six assists, freshman defender Hannah Gillis ranks eighth in the NEHC in freshmen scoring.
- Junior goaltender Tessie Salatas has seen the most time in the cage for Holy Cross, holding a 1.59 goals against average with a .918 save percentage for a 5-0-0 conference mark and 5-1-0 overall record this season. Salatas is 19-1-0 on her career, which ranks seventh in Holy Cross history in overall wins.
- Holy Cross averages 4.11 goals per game, while holding opponents to 1.59 goals per game.
- On the season, the Crusaders are 6-for-38 on the power play and 90.9 percent on the penalty kill (40-for-44).
SCOUTING THE HAWKS
- St. Anselm sits at the top of the conference with a 7-1-0 overall record and 6-1-0 NEHC mark after most recently downing Plymouth State, 6-2.
- Last season, St. Anselm finished 21-6-0 overall and 14-3-0 in conference play, as the Crusaders defeated the Hawks, 4-3 (OT), in the two teams’ most recent meeting at the NEHC Open Tournament Championship on Feb. 28, 2016. To read the recap, click here. St. Anselm leads the all-time series versus Holy Cross, 20-10-3.
- Two out of the top five scorers in the league are on St. Anselm’s roster. Alex Starsyk ranks second in the conference with seven goals and nine assists for 16 points, while Alison Butler has 14 points, consisting of five goals and eight assists, which are good for fifth in the NEHC. Nine of Starsyk’s points came on the power play.
- The Hawks rank third in the NEHC in scoring offense with 5.12 goals per game and 41 goals, while holding teams to just 1.25 goals per game and allowing 10 goals on the season.
- The Hawks additionally have the best power play in the conference with a 32.7 power play percentage (16-for-49). St. Anselm’s 91.4 percent penalty kill (32-for-35) is third in the conference.
- Maddie Scavotto has seen the most time in net for the Hawks, possessing a .933 save percentage and league-best 0.60 goals against average for a 5-0-0 record.
- Head coach Kerstin Matthews is in her ninth years at the helm of St. Anselm.
SCOUTING THE CAMELS
- No. 8 Connecticut College is undefeated with a 3-0-0 overall record and 2-0-0 NESCAC mark after most recently skating past Salve Regina, 4-2. The Camels will host Middlebury twice prior to heading to Worcester.
- Last season, the Camels went 15-8-3 overall with an 8-5-3 NESCAC record, as Holy Cross defeated Connecticut College, 2-1, in the two teams’ most recent meeting on Dec. 8, 2015. To read the recap, click here. The Camels lead the all-time series, 8-6-2.
- Five Connecticut College skaters share the teams’ lead of two points. Katherine Chester has seen the most time in net for the Camels and leads the league with a 0.50 goals against average and a .984 save percentage for a 2-0-0 record.
- Connecticut College is tied for second in the NESCAC with 2.67 goals per game, allowing a shared conference-best 1.00 goals per game to opponents.
- The Camels hold the best power play in the NESCAC with a 23.1 power play percentage (3-for-13) with a 93.8 percent penalty kill (15-for-16).
- Head coach Kristin Steele is in her 16th season with Connecticut College.