#3 Northeastern vs. #5 Clarkson
- Northeastern heads to Belfast, Northern Ireland to take on reigning national champion Clarkson in two games for the Ulster University Friendship Series. The games will be the first played by NCAA women's teams overseas. The two teams have not met since September 2017, when the Huskies hosted the Golden Knights for two games which saw them go 0-1-1.
- The two contests will be played at the SSE Arena, home of the Belfast Giants of the Elite Ice Hockey League. Both tilts are set immediately prior to Giants home games, and will be streamed live online. Details of the stream will be posted at HockeyEastOnline.com as soon as they are available.
- The two-game set marks the first time an NCAA women's ice hockey game will be played overseas. This follows in the footsteps of the annual Friendship Four Tournament, first held in November of 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which was the first time any college hockey games had been played in Europe.
- The #3 Huskies closed out the first half of the season with an overall record of 13-2-2. Their 12-1-2 record in league play is good for first place in the Army ROTC Hockey East Standings.
UConn vs. Holy Cross (home and home)
- UConn rides a two-game win streak entering into this weekend's home and home series with league foe Holy Cross. The two teams have already met once this season, with the Huskies coming away with a 7-2 victory on October 13.
- The Huskies are coming off a 4-1 victory over Dartmouth in their first game back from the holiday break. Natalie Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.) earned Hockey East Player of the Week honors after netting two goals in the victory. The sophomore is tied for first on the team with 15 points on five goals and 10 assists. On the back end, junior Morgan Fisher (Vernon, Conn.) turned away 27 of 28 Big Green shots on net. She earned Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors for her effort in picking up her seventh win on the year.
- Holy Cross looks to end a two-game slide in the Crusaders' first game back on the nice since December 7. Hockey East's newest member has skated in just two games since Nov. 30, when they claimed a 5-3 win against Northeastern at home.
Maine vs. Boston University
- Maine opens play in 2019 playing host to Boston University for a two-game slate in Orono. The Black Bears skated to a 2-1 victory in the first of three meetings of the teams back on October 20.
- Boston University returned to action last weekend in a two game home stand with non-conference opponent Penn State. The Terriers played the Nittany Lions to a 1-1 overtime draw on Sunday, before being shutout 1-0 on Monday. BU opens 2019 having gone 6-1-1 in its last eight outings dating back to November 27.
- Jesse Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) dished out the game tying assist in Sunday's tie to push her point streak to 14 games, before having it snapped on Monday. During that span, the sophomore had posted 30 points (10g, 20a) and lead the NCAA in points (11) and goals (8).
#7 Providence vs. Vermont
- The Friars play host to the Catamounts for two games in the team's first return to the ice since a 5-1 win over Holy Cross on December 7. This weekend closes out a three-game series between Providence and Vermont in regular season Hockey East play. In their first meeting back on November 11, Providence skated away with a 2-0 victory thanks to a 24-save shutout from Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.)
- Providence enters the first weekend of 2019 after going 11-1-0 in its last 12 games to close out the first half of the season. They currently sit in third place in the Army ROTC Hockey East Standings with a 9-2-0 record in league action.
- Vermont closed out the month of December and the first half of the season by posting a 2-1-0 record in its final three games of 2018. They took a one-goal win from Maine, 3-2 on December 1, before splitting a weekend series with Yale on December 7-8.
New Hampshire vs. #10 Boston College, at Yale
- New Hampshire comes into this weekend riding a seven-game unbeaten streak after going 5-0-2 to end 2018, while the Eagles will look to turn things around after posting a 3-4-0 record in their last seven outings. This series marks the first time that the two teams have met since the 2017-18 season. Boston College took the series last year with a 2-1-0 mark against the Wildcats.
- In the Wildcats' last game before the break, they skated to a 2-2 overtime draw with Harvard. Junior Meghara McManus (Milton, Mass.) netted both goals in the come-from-behind effort for New Hampshire.
- Boston College closed out the first half by splitting a home-and-home series with Merrimack. They took game one in a 4-3 overtime victory, as Megan Keller (Farmington Hills, Mich.) netted the game winner, before being shutout, 1-0, in game two.