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Maine looks to extend its 4-0 start to the season as the Black Bears hit the road to take on Northeastern and Boston University
Women's Hockey East Weekend Preview
News and notes from the upcoming weekend of Women's Hockey East action

#8 Northeastern vs. #10 Maine, at New Hampshire

- #8 Northeastern will play host to #10 Maine in their first match-up since last year's Hockey East semifinals. The Huskies came out victorious in that game before going on to win their first WHEA tournament title in program history.

- Northeastern enters the weekend after going 1-1-0 in a tw0-game home stand with then- #9 Colgate. Goaltender Brittany Bugalski (Boynton Beach, Fla.) earned Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors for her 39 save effort in Saturday's victory.

- New Hampshire most recently topped UConn, 5-3, at home before dropping a 3-2 decision on the road at Boston University. Junior forward Nicole Dunbar (Coto de Caza, Calif.) recorded four points (3g, 1a) on the weekend for the Wildcats.

- Last year, the Huskies and Wildcats went 1-1-0 in the regular season before meeting again in the quarterfinals. Northeastern took the series in two games en route to becoming WHEA tournament champion and earning a national tournament berth.


#10 Maine at #8 Northeastern, at Boston University

- Maine looks to extend its 4-0 start to the season as the Black Bears hit the road to take on Northeastern and Boston University in a pair of league contests.

- Junior forward Vendula Pribylova (Olomouc, Czech Republic) recorded five points last weekend on two goals and three assists and earned Hockey East Player of the Week and NCAA Second Star of the Week honors for her efforts.

- Boston University remains in league play after its first win of the season last weekend against New Hampshire. The Terriers are in the midst of an 11-game stretch of conference games to begin the year.

- Jesse Compher (Northbrook, Ill.), Courtney Correia (Whitby, Ont.), and Sammy Davis (Pembroke, Mass.) lead the offensive charge for the Terriers in the 3-2 victory over New Hampshire, tallying three, two, and two points, respectively.


#6 Boston College at Merrimack, vs. Vermont

- #6 Boston College is riding a three-game winning streak this weekend as they play host to league foes Merrimack and Vermont to begin Hockey East competition.

- The Eagles took two games in overtime from non-conference opponent St. Lawrence in their most recent victories. Senior defenseman Grace Bizal (Minnetonka, Minn.) had her hand in both game-winning goals, dishing out the assist in Thursday's game before finding the back of the net in the extra frame herself on Friday.

- Merrimack is off to their best start since becoming a member of Hockey East, boasting a 3-0-2 record on the season.

- The Warriors played to a 2-2 draw with Boston University in their lone contest last weekend. Senior forward Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ont.) netted the game-tying goal with the just three minutes left in regulation to force overtime.


UConn at Boston University, vs. Merrimack, at Brown

- UConn is 4-1-0 on the season after going 1-1-0 in conference play last weekend. The Huskies dropped their first decision of the season to league rival New Hampshire, 5-3, on Friday before bouncing back to defeat newcomer Holy Cross, 7-2.

- The Huskies have seen 14 different players tally two or more points so far this season. Providence at Penn State

- Providence travels to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions in two non-conference game looking to improve upon its 3-0-0 start to the season.

- The Friars defeated Holy Cross, 5-0, in their lone game last weekend. Sara Hjalmarsson (Bakeryd, Sweden) tallied her first career hat trick in the victory and earned Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week accolades. The freshman is currently riding a three-game point streak (4g, 1a).


Holy Cross vs. Brown (home and home)

- Holy Cross aims for its first win of the season as they face Brown for two games. The home-and-home series marks the Crusaders' first home game as a Division I program.

- Goaltenders Julia Pelletier (Pelham, N.H.) and Jada Brenon (Pendleton, N.Y.) have totaled 162 saves throughout the Crusaders first five games of the season, backstopping their squad to a 0-3-2 record. Vermont at New Hampshire, at Boston College

- The Catamounts skated to two stalemates against Quinnipiac last weekend, moving to 0-1-2 on the season.

- Vermont's goaltenders, senior Melissa Black (Newmarket, Ont./25) and Blanka Skodova (Prague, Czech Republic/34) recorded 59 stops on the weekend, including five in the two overtime periods.