Women's Hockey Hosts Saint Michael's For Two
Women’s Hockey Hosts Saint Michael's For Two
• The Holy Cross women’s hockey team will host the Saint Michael’s Purple Knights for two home games Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20 at 2:05 p.m.
HOLY CROSS HEADLINES
• The Crusaders are 9-5-2 on the season after defeating the Saint Anselm Hawks, 1-0, at the Hart Center Jan. 13.
• Kara Violette scored the game-winning power play goal in the second period for her sixth goal of the season.
• Julie Matthias and Sam Girard assisted on the goal.
• Julia Pelletier had 15 saves against the Hawks and recorded her third career shutout (second against Saint Anselm).
• The Crusaders ended the Hawks’ 21-road game winning streak.
• Lissner and Matthias are tied for first on the team with seven goals.
• The Crusaders have posted an 87% succes rate on the penalty kill (40-46), which ranks second in the NEWHA.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Julie Matthias and Emily Lissner lead the Crusaders in goals each with seven through 14 games.
• Kara Violette leads the team in points (6-16-22).
• Violette is second in the NEWHA in career points with 115 and second overall in assists with 16.
• Julia Pelletier has played in eight games, leading the Crusaders to a 5-1-2 mark. Pelletier holds a .926 save percentage and a 1.59 goals against average, which is good for second in the NEWHA.
• The Crusaders are ranked second in the NEWHA with 63 goals.
• Holy Cross has a conversion rate of 26% on the powerplay (13/50), which ranks second in the NEWHA.
CRUSADERS IN GOAL
• Julia Pelletier notched 15 saves against the Saint Anselm and recorded her third shutout of the season.
• Pelletier is ranked second in the NEWHA with a .926 save percentage and a 1.59 goals against average.
• Tessie Salatas has recorded six career shutouts, which ranks second in the league. Salatas posted a shutout against Harvard on Nov. 18.
• Kara Violette leads the team in points (6-16-22), which ranks third overall in the NEWHA.
• Violette is second in the NEWHA in career points with 115.
• The senior forward is ranked second in the league in assists with 16, which also leads the team.
• She has recorded at least one point in 11 of the Crusaders’ last 12 games.
• Since Nov. 17, the Violette, Matthias and Reilly line has contributed on 17 of 27 goals.
• Five out of the last six goals scored by Matthias have been assisted by Violette.
RECAPPING SAINT ANSELM
• The Crusaders defeated the Hawks, 1-0, on Jan. 13.
• Violette had the game-winner from Matthias and Girard.
• The Crusaders halted the Hawks’ 21-road game winning streak.
• Holy Cross went 1-2 on the power play.
• The Crusaders won 53% of the faceoffs.
SCOUTING SAINT MICHAEL’S
• The Purple Knights stand at 3-13-0 on the season.
• Katherine O’Brien leads the team in points (3-4-7).
• Saint Michael’s averages 1.31 goals and 3.81 goals against per game.
• The Purple Knights hold a 13.2% conversion rate on the power play.
• On the penalty kill, Saint Michael’s has recorded a 75% success rate.
• The Purple Knights have defeated Post and Sacred Heart in league play.
• Against Sacred Heart, Nicole Talcott recorded a career-high 53 saves and Jillian Witwicki scored to give the Purple Knights the 1-0 win.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE PURPLE KNIGHTS
• Holy Cross played Saint Michael’s on Nov. 3 and 4 and won 9-0 and 9-1, respectively.
• Eleven different Crusaders scored through two games.
• Kelsey Goostrey had two goals in each game and led the team with five points on the weekend.
PREPARATION FOR HOCKEY EAST
• To start the 2017-2018 season, Holy Cross played two home games against the RIT Tigers, coming away with a tie on Oct. 6 (2-2, OT) and a loss on Oct. 7 (3-2).
• Katie MacCuaig scored her first career goal against the Tigers in the tie.
• The Crusaders then traveled to Hanover, N.H. on Oct. 13 to play an exhibition game against the Dartmouth Big Green. Holy Cross lost in their second overtime game of the season, 3-2.
• Danielle Doherty and Reilly each netted one goal against the Big Green.
• Holy Cross played the University of New Hampshire Oct. 14 and lost 9-1.
DIVISION I PLAY THROUGH NOVEMBER
• On Nov. 17, Holy Cross and Harvard met in Cambridge for the first game of a home-and-home series. The Crimson took the first game, 8-3.
• Julia Pellieter recorded a career-high 49 saves against Harvard in the loss.
• On Nov. 18, Holy Cross hosted Harvard and shutout the Crimson, 2-0, for their first Division I victory in program history.
• Tessie Salatas recorded 32 saves in the win against Harvard and recorded her sixth career shutout.
• “In my long career of coaching hockey, this is one of the biggest wins for me and this program,” said heach coach Peter Van Buskirk on the win against Harvard.
• The Crusaders went back to Hanover, N.H. for their final Division I game this season against Dartmouth.
• Holy Cross lost, 4-3, as Julie Matthias scored two goals for her second multi-goal game this season. Violette assisted on both goals.
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.