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Schneider Arena in Providene hosts the 17th Annual Women's Hockey East Championship this weekend
Women's Hockey East Championship Weekend Preview
News and notes from the upcoming weekend of Women's Hockey East action

#1 Northeastern at #4 Providence

- The Hockey East Regular Season champion Northeastern Huskies head to the Hockey East semifinals for the ninth straight year. During that time, they have advanced to the championship game four times.

- This marks just the second time that the Huskies have entered the tournament as the top seeded team, the first coming back in 2012. They look to repeat as tournament champions after capturing their first Bertagna Trophy last season.

- During the quarterfinal round of the tournament, Northeastern took down Vermont in two games to advance. They defeated the Catamounts, 7-2, on Friday, before shutting them out, 1-0,on Saturday to take the best-of-three series. Skylar Fontaine (East Greenwich, R.I.) was tabbed Women's Hockey East Co-Player of the week after posting a goal and three assists on the weekend.

- Providence advances to the semifinals for the first time since 2013 after knocking off Merrimack in two games. They shutout the Warriors, 2-0, in game one, before taking game two, 2-1. Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) recorded 40 saves on the weekend, including her sixth blank sheet of the year on Friday, en route to being named Women's Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week after also collecting the league's Goaltender of the Month for February.

- The Friars look to return to the championship game for the first time since 2012, seeking their first tournament title since 2005.

#2 Boston College vs. #3 Boston University

- Boston College heads to the semifinals of the Women's Hockey East Tournament for the ninth straight year. They have advanced past the semifinals five times in that span, being crowned tournament champion three times in the process.

- In the quarterfinal round of the tournament, the Eagles defeated UConn in two games to earn a semifinal berth. They defeated the Huskies, 4-1, on Friday, before skating away with a 5-4 overtime victory on Saturday. Kelly Browne (Burlington, Mass.) was named Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week after dishing out two assists, including a helper on Saturday's overtime goal, and pacing all league rookies with 18 faceoff wins on the weekend.

- Boston University returns to the semifinals for the first time since 2017 after being knocked out by Maine in last year's quarterfinal round.

- The Terriers defeated New Hampshire in the best-of-three quarterfinal round to move on to the semifinals. They defeated the Wildcats by scores of 5-1 and 3-1 to take the series.

- Women's Hockey East Co-Player of the Week Sammy Davis (Pembroke, Mass.) led all league skaters on the weekend with five points. The junior netted two goals and dished out three assists, earning her 100th career point in the process.

- The marks the first time that the Eagles and Terriers will face off against one another in the tournament since the 2016 championship game. Boston College took that game, 5-0, snapping Boston University's four-year title run in the process.

17th Annual Women's Hockey East Championship

- Last year's championship was hosted by Northeastern University at Matthew's Arena. The title game featured the league's two Huskies, with Northeastern making their second straight appearance in the championship and UConn making their first since 2010. For the first time in league history, Northeastern was crowned tournament champions after skating to a 2-1 victory over UConn. Then-senior McKenna Brand (Nevis, Minn.) scored the game-winning tally with two minutes to go in the opening period, while then-freshman goaltender, and tournament MVP, Aerin Frankel (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) posted 23 saves through the final two frames to preserve the win.

- Boston College looks to advance to the championship game for the fifth time in six years after being knocked out by UConn, 4-2, in last year's semifinal round. The Eagles are 3-2 all-time in the tournament championship.

- The Terriers seek their first appearance in the Women's Hockey East Tournament championship game since the 2016 title match. They own the most tournament titles with five, including four consecutive crowns from 2012-15.

- Providence aims to win in the semifinal round for the first time since 2012. The Friars captured the first three tournament titles from 2003-05.