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Boston College looks to extend its seven-game unbeaten streak as it takes on two more conference opponents this weekend
Women's Hockey East Weekend Preview
News and notes from the upcoming weekend of Women's Hockey East action

New Hampshire vs. #6 Northeastern (home and home)

- New Hampshire will look to earn its first win in Hockey East play since the Wildcats opened conference play back on Oct. 12 with a 5-3 victory over UConn. Hilary Witt's outfit currently sits at 1-6-1 in the WHEA Army ROTC Standings after taking a 0-1-1 mark on the road at Vermont last weekend.

- The UNH squad dropped a 1-0 decision to the Catamounts on Friday, before playing to a 2-2 overtime draw on Saturday. The Wildcats had a chance to win the game on a penalty shot with no time left in regulation, but were denied by Vermont netminder Melissa Black (Newmarket, Ont.).

- UNH goaltenders Kyra Smith (Littleton, Colo.) and Ava Boutilier (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) totaled for 54 saves in net, each stopping 27 Vermont attempts in their respective appearances.

- #6 Northeastern has gone undefeated through its first seven conference games of the season and currently sits at the top of the Hockey East standings with a record of 6-0-1. The Huskies' latest win comes in the form of a 6-1 victory on the road at Holy Cross.

- Alina Mueller (Winterthur, Switzerland) earned Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week honors for her efforts last week and was named the Third Star by the NCAA. The freshman recorded five points in two games on two goals and three assists. She also picked up National Rookie of the Month honors from the Women's Hockey Commissioners' Association while teammate Aerin Frankel (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) was named the inaugural WHCA Goaltender of the Month.

Providence vs. Maine, at Vermont

- The Friars are coming into this weekend off a of 4-2 victory that saw them hand the then-#5 Boston College Eagles their first loss in conference play of 2018-19. Providence has won back-to-back outings as they play host to Maine before hitting the road for a single game at Vermont this weekend.

- Senior Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ont.) lead the offensive charge for the Friars and earning Hockey East Player of the Week accolades along the way. The forward netted two goals and dished out an assist in the victory.

- Maine is back on the road this weekend after playing its last four games on home ice. In that span they went 2-2-0 against Hockey East opponents. Last weekend they fell to Merrimack, 5-1, but then bounced back to take down Holy Cross, 8-0.

- Freshman forward Ali Beltz (New Ulm, Minn.) tallied two assists for the first multi-point game of her career in Sunday's victory over Holy Cross. The rookie also netted the Black Bears lone goal in the loss to the Warriors.

- Vermont plays host to Providence in its only game of the weekend, carrying a 1-1-1 mark in the Catamounts' last three games. The Catamounts defeated New Hampshire, 1-0, on Friday night and played to a 2-2 draw with the Wildcats on Saturday before tripping up with a 3-1 setback in non-conference play on the road at Dartmouth.

- Senior Taylor Flaherty (Lakeville, Minn.) scored the only goal of the game in Friday's victory, marking her first game-winning tally of the season. The defenseman also recorded an assist in Saturday's tie. On the back end, goaltender Blanka Skodova (Sternberk, Czech Republic) recorded 42 saves last week. The rookie included 25 stops in the Catamounts' victory, earning her first career shutout and Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors along the way.

UConn vs. Boston University, vs. Maine

- UConn hosts Boston University and Maine in conference play after going 1-3-1 in its last five. The Huskies are coming off of a road trip at then-#5 Boston College where they were shut out, 3-0, after topping Brown, 7-0 on Oct. 23.

- Goaltender Morgan Fisher (Vernon, Conn.) posted 32 stops in the game at Boston College, her third-most on the season.

- Boston University travels to UConn for its only game of the weekend after dropping a 2-1 decision at Northeastern on Sunday. Nara Elia (Saskatoon, Sask.) scored with thirty seconds remaining in the game to cut the Huskies lead in half, but the Terriers were unable to pull even with the Huskies.

- Sophomore Corinne Schroeder (Elm Creek, Man.) turned away 23 Northeastern attempts in the setback. The netminder also stopped 31 shots in a 1-1 draw against UConn on Oct. 19.

Merrimack vs. Holy Cross (home and home)

- The two newest members of Hockey East square off for the second and third time this season after a 5-0 Warriors win on Oct. 27.

- Merrimack defeated Maine, 5-1, in a single league match up on the road last weekend, improving their record to 4-1-1 in Hockey East play and 7-1-2 overall. The Warriors are off to their best start through 10 games since joining Hockey East during the 2015-16 season.

- Nine different players contributed to Merrimack's scoring efforts, including Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ont.) who is currently riding a fourgame point streak. The senior forward has five points (4g, 1a) in that span.

- Holy Cross seeks its first ever win in Hockey East action and as a Division I program in a home-and-home series with Merrimack.