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Women's Hockey East Player of the Week Christina Putigna of Providence
Weekly Release: Merrimack, Northeastern, Providence Win Weekends
Vermont Earns Three League Points, Maine Splits In WHEA Play

WHEA HEADLINES

Providence toppled #5 Boston College on Saturday, claiming a 4-2 victory at Schneider Arena. Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ont.) scored two goals and added an assist on the game-winning strike. The senior forward now has five points (3g, 2a) in just four games played this season and picked up Hockey East Play of the Week honors.

Vermont went undefeated in a two-game home stand against New Hampshire, earning three points in a 1-0-1 weekend. Rookie netminder Blanka Škodová (Sternberk, Czech Republic) earned her first career shutout on Friday, blanking the Wildcats with 25-save performance in a 1-0 victory.

#8 Northeastern claimed two more wins in league play last week, improving to 7-0-1 in the Army ROTC Hockey East Standings. Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month for October Alina Mueller (Winterthur, Switzerland) racked up five points on two goals and three assists, helping the Huskies remain undefeated in Hockey East.

Merrimack won its lone game of the weekend, downing Maine, 5-1, on Friday to move to 7-1-2 overall and earn its fourth straight win. The Warriors saw five different goal scorers find the sheet in the victory, while Women's Hockey East Goaltender of the Month Sam Ridgewell (Outlook, Sask.) stopped 21 shots and allowed her first goal in nearly 140 minutes of work in the outings.

Maine recorded a 1-1-0 weekend in WHEA play, falling to Merrimack on Friday before bouncing back with an 8-0 win over Holy Cross. Lydia Murray (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) scored two goals and added an assist in the win, while also winning 18 of the 27 draws she took in the contest.


WOMEN’S HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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Christina Putigna - Providence

Christina Putigna (Sr., F; Grimsby, Ont.) potted two goals and added an assist in a three-point outing at #5 Boston College, powering Providence to a 4-2 victory over the Eagles. Her assist game on the game-winning strike. The senior forward now has five points (3g, 2a) in just four games played this season.


PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

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Alina Mueller - Northeastern

Alina Mueller (Fr., F; Winterthur, Switzerland) racked up five points on two goals and three assists, helping Northeastern to a 2-0-0 week in league play. She netted the game-winning goal and chipped in two helpers in a 4-1 win at Vermont Tuesday night before posting a goal and an assist in a 6-1 win at Holy Cross on Friday.


WOMEN’S HOCKEY EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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Blanka Škodová - Vermont

Blanka Škodová (Fr., G; Sternberk, Czech Republic) earned her first career shutout on Friday, blanking New Hampshire with 25-save performance to backbone the Catamounts to a 1-0 victory. She also stopped all 17 shots she faced in relief on Tuesday against Northeastern. In total, she stopped all 42 shots she faced this week in 98:44 of work, the second-most minutes of any league goaltender last week.


WOMEN’S HOCKEY EAST TOP PERFORMERS

Daryl Watts, BC (So., F; Toronto, Ont.) Picked up four points on three goals and one assist last week, good for second in the league in scoring. She netted the game-winning goal in BC's 3-0 win over UConn and scored both Eagle goals in a 4-2 setback to Providence, her 49th and 50th career goals.

Maddy McArthur, BC (Fr., G; St. Catherines, Ont.) Earned her second shutout of the season with a 19-save effort against UConn on Thursday. She finished the weekend with 43 saves on 46 shots for a .935 save percentage and a 1.51 goals against average,

Lydia Murray, ME (Jr., F; Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) Scored two goals and added an assist in Maine's 8-0 win over Holy Cross on Sunday while also winning 18 of the 27 draws she took in the contest.

Ali Beltz, ME (Fr., F; Sleepy Eye, Minn.) Recorded a goal and three assists in two games in league play and helping Maine to a 1-1-0 weekend.

Taylor Leech, ME (So., D; Bowdoinham, Maine) Dished out an assist and finished plus-three in a 8-0 win over Holy Cross on Sunday.

Lindsey Dumon, UNH (Fr., F; Hampton, N.H.) Scored her first career goal on Saturday at Vermont, opening the scoring eight minutes into the second period of an eventual 2-2 draw.

Tori Howan, UNH (Jr., D; Bancroft, Ont.) Netted her second tally of the year Saturday, pulling the Wildcats even on the road at Vermont and forcing a 2-2 tie.

Sara Hjalmarsson, PC (Fr., F; Bakeryd, Sweden) Assisted on two goals in a 4-2 win over #5 Boston College, including the opening tally and the decisive strike. It marked her third multi-point game of the year in eight outings.

Ève-Audrey Picard, UVM (Jr., F; Longueuil, Que.) Registered three points (1g, 2a) in a 1-0-1 weekend in league play for the Catamounts. She won a league-best 42 of her 60 face offs.