Freshman Hannah Gillis
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Mark Seliger Photography
Freshman Hannah Gillis

Women's Ice Hockey Heads To The Rutland Herald Invitational

Holy Cross Athletics   01-05-2017
Game 13: HOLY CROSS (10-2-0, 5-1-0 NEHC) VS. SUNY CANTON (6-4-0, 2-2-0 CHC)
DATE: Sat., Jan. 7 at 7:00 p.m. LOCATION: Rutland, Vt. (Spartan Arena)
SERIES RECORD: First Ever Meeting  LAST MEETING: First Ever Meeting 
LIVE STATS:  Presto Live Stats LIVE VIDEO: N/A

 

Championship/Consolation: HOLY CROSS (22-3-0, 14-3-0 NEHC) VS. CASTLETON OR ENDICOTT
DATE: Sun., Jan. 8 at 1:00/4:00 p.m. LOCATION: Rutland, Vt. (Spartan Arena)
SERIES RECORD (CU): Holy Cross Leads, 19-0-0 LAST MEETING (CU): 4-1, Holy Cross (Jan. 29, 2016)
SERIES RECORD (EC): First Ever Meeting LAST MEETING (EC): N/A
LIVE STATS:  Presto Live Stats LIVE VIDEO: Northeast Sports Network

The Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team will return to the ice and resume the 2016-2017 season for its first two contests of the new year on Jan. 7-8 at the Rutland Herald Invitational hosted by Castleton. In the opening round of the tournament, the Crusaders will take on SUNY Canton on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 7:00 p.m. Then depending on the results of day one, Holy Cross will either face Castleton or Endicott in a consolation or championship matchup the following day at either 1:00 or 4:00 p.m.

ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT

  • The 2017 Rutland Herald Invitational hosted by Castleton will be played at Spartan Arena in Rutland, Vt. from Jan. 7-8. The tournament is comprised of four teams and four games.
  • This year features Castleton, SUNY Canton, Endicott and Holy Cross, with each team playing twice.
  • There will be two opening round games played on Jan. 7. First, Castleton will play Endicott at 1:00 p.m. Next, Holy Cross will take on SUNY Canton at 7:00 p.m.
  • On the following day (Jan. 8), the consolation game will be played at 1:00 p.m. between the two losing teams before the championship game, which begins at 4:00 p.m.
  • The Crusaders have competed in the Rutland Herald Invitational in all four years of its existence  and are currently undefeated in the tournament with an 8-0 overall record. Last season, the Crusaders took down Manhattanville, 4-3, in the opening round on Jan. 2 before defeating Castleton 4-1 in the championship match the following day.
  • Click here to watch this year’s championship game live. For live stats during the Crusaders’ opening round, click here. For live stats on day two, click here.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CRUSADERS

  • Most recently defeating Colby 6-2 on Dec. 10, Holy Cross stands 10-2-0 overall this year with a 5-1-0 NEHC record.
  • The Crusaders are undefeated at home this season,  holding a 6-0-0 record at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. Holy Cross has now won 19 straight games at home carried over from the previous two seasons, which is the longest home winning streak in the program's history.
  • Junior co-captain forward Kara Violette leads Holy Cross with eight goals, nine assists and 17 points, which ranks fourth in the NEHC. With her eight goals this season, Violette shares a three-way team lead with sophomore forwards Sam Girard and Julie Matthias, good for ranking third in the conference. Violette’s nine assists are tied for fourth in the NEHC.
  • Matthias has notched at least one point in six consecutive games, while sophomore forward Maeve Reilly has tallied a point in five straight games, finding the back of the net in the last four contests.
  • Three different Crusaders have scored a short-handed goal this season, which are the most in the league. Matthias, Girard and junior forward Emily Lissner each have a short-handed goal this year.
  • With nine points (one goal, eight assists) freshman defender Hannah Gillis ranks eighth in the conference in defensemen scoring and fourth overall among first year skaters in the NEHC.
  • Junior goaltender Tessie Salatas has seen the most time in the cage for the Crusaders, holding a .910 save percentage with a 1.81 goals against average for a 5-2-0 record this season. Salatas is 19-2-0 in her career, which ranks seventh in wins in Holy Cross history.
  • With 47 goals and 3.92 goals per game, the Crusaders rank fourth in the NEHC in scoring offense, while holding opponents to 1.58 goals per game and 19 goals overall, which stands as the fourth-lowest in the conference.
  • Holy Cross in 9-for-49 on the power play this year, which is fifth in the NEHC, holding a 92.1 percent (58-for-63) penalty kill percentage, which is third in the league.

THRIVING ON ICE AND TURF

  • Originally recruited to play ice hockey at Holy Cross, freshman goaltender Marcia LaPlante never expected to receive multiple Patriot League accolades and national recognition between the pipes as the starting field hockey goalie for the Crusaders. To read the full story, click here.

SCOUTING THE KANGAROOS

  • SUNY Canton stands 6-4-0 overall and is 2-2-0 in the Colonial Hockey Conference after most recently defeating SUNY Cortland, 3-2, on December 6.
  • The Crusaders will be facing their first-ever Colonial Hockey Conference opponent, while taking on the Kangaroos for the first time in program history.
  • Leading the way for SUNY Canton is Tess Adams with nine points consisting of seven goals and two assists.
  • SUNY Canton is third in the Colonial Hockey Conference in scoring with 3.00 goals per game and sixth in scoring defense, allowing 3.30 goals per contest.
  • The Kangaroos sit second in their conference on the power play, going 8-for-54 this season with an 81.6 percent penalty kill, allowing nine power play goals on the year.
  • Brooke Susac has seen the most time in net for SUNY Canton with a .894 save percentage and 3.14 goals against average for a 6-4-0 record.
  • Dave LaBaff is in his second season as head coach of the Kangaroos.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS

  • Castleton is seventh in the NEHC with a 3-3-0 conference record and 3-7-0 overall mark after most recently dropping two consecutive shutout decisions to NESCAC foes in December. The Spartans will take on Endicott on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. in the opening round of the tournament.
  • Holy Cross holds an undefeated 19-0-0 all-time record versus Castleton. The Crusaders downed Castleton by a score of 4-1 two separate times last season, including at the Rutland Herald Invitational championship game on Jan. 3, 2016.
  • Lisa Kilroy leads the Spartans in scoring with four assists and two goals for six points. Castleton has spread the ice in scoring, as six different Spartans join Kilroy in sharing the team-leading two goals.
  • The Spartans average 1.40 goals per game with a scoring defense of 3.10 goals per contest, allowing 31 goals on the season.
  • Castleton is 7-for-50 on the power play, giving up 12 power play scores with a 79.3 percent penalty kill (46-for-58).
  • Rachael Brazil has spent the most time in the cage for Castleton, holding a 2-2-0 record with a 2.10 goals against average and .944 save percentage, which ranks fourth in the NEHC.
  • Head coach DJ Fimiani is in his first year at the helm of the Spartans.

SCOUTING THE GULLS

  • Endicott is undefeated on the season with a 10-0-1 overall record and 6-0-0 Colonial Hockey Conference mark, putting the Gulls first in the league. Endicott most recently took down Nichols, 5-0, on Dec. 10. The Gulls’ only tie this season was against Wesleyan (2-2 OT) on Dec. 9. Endicott will face Castleton in the opening round on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
  • Endicott is 5-0 on the road this year and 3-0 this season against NEHC opponents with wins over Southern Maine, St. Michael’s and Nichols.
  • In its inaugural year as a varsity program last season, the Gulls went 14-7-4, holding an 11-1-2 conference record, falling 2-1 (2OT) in the Colonial Hockey Conference championship to Stevenson.
  • The Crusaders have yet to ever face a Colonial Hockey Conference foe or Endicott.
  • Three Endicott skaters rank in the Colonial Hockey Conference’s top five for scoring, including Jade Meier (5-6-11), Maggie Layo (6-4-10) and Michaela McNamara (5-5-10). Teneal Perry leads the Gulls with six goals, as Layo leads the conference with five power play points.
  • Vendela Jonsson has spent the most time in net for Endicott and leads the conference with a 0.84 goals against average, .962 save percentage and 6-0-1 record.
  • Averaging 3.36 goals per game, Endicott leads the Colonial Hockey Conference in scoring offense with a league-low 0.64 goals per game for scoring defense. The Gulls have allowed just seven goals this season in 11 games.
  • Endicott is second in the conference on the power play, going 8-for-55 with a perfect 35-for-35 penalty kill.
  • Andrew McPhee is in his second season as head coach of Endicott.

KEEP CONNECTED:

  • Follow the Crusaders on Twitter @HCrossWHockey and on Facebook. You can also get the latest news and results on the team sent directly to your e-mail. To sign up for e-mail alerts go here.

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