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Weekly Honorees: Sini Karajalainen, Hannah Bilka and Clare Minnerath
Weekly Release: Vermont Duo Sets Program Records in Undefeated Weekend
Boston College Remains Unbeaten; Boston University Sweeps at Penn State

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Vermont saw a historic weekend from sophomore defenseman Sini Karajalainen (Posio, Finland) and junior forward Val Caldwell (Glenview, Ill.) Karajalainen became the first Catamount skater to record four assists in one game in the program's Division I era, setting up each of the tallies in a 4-4 tie at Merrimack. In game two, Caldwell tied Karajalainen's single-game points record with two goals and two assists against the Warriors in a 6-2 win.

Boston College remained undefeated to start the 2019-20 season, going 1-0-1 in league play against Holy Cross and Maine. Rookie Hannah Bilka (Coppell, Texas) potted a league-high three goals, including the game-winning goal over Holy Cross and two goals in a 3-3 tie with Maine, including the game-tying goal with 90 seconds left in regulation.

Providence goaltender Clare Minnerath (Sartell, Minn.) backboned the Frairs to a 1-0 win over #3 Northeastern. Minnerath recorded a career-high 33 saves and earned her second career shutout on Friday, denying a Huskies offense that had averaged 4.60 goals per game to that point.

Maine earned a 1-0-1 record against a pair of Hockey East opponents that had a combined record of 9-2-2 entering the weekend. Freshman forward Ida Kuoppala, Maine (Pedersore, Finland) factored in on all three goals in Maine's 3-3 draw at Boston College, while Loryn Porter (North Bay, Ont.) posted a 19-save shutout against New Hampshire. The 3-0 win was Porter's third shutout of the year in just four starts.

Boston University earned a pair of wins, 5-2 and 5-1, at Penn S tate, powered by a goal and an assist in each tilt from sophomore Kaleigh Donnelly (Wellesley, Mass.) Sophomore netminder Kate Stuart (Chilliwack, B.C.) earned her first win of the 2019-20 season on Saturday, stopping 21 of 22 shots against the Nittany Lions.


HOCKEY EAST WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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Sini Karajalainen - Vermont

Sini Karajalainen (Posio, Finland) led the nation in points last week, as she posted a leaguehigh six points on one goal and five assists. She helped the Catamounts to a 1-0-1 weekend at Merrimack, including assisting on all four goals in Friday's 4-4 tie, and became the first Catamount to record four assists in a single game during the program's Division I era. The sophomore defenseman added the game-winning goal in Saturday's 6-2 triumph.


PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

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Hannah Bilka - Boston College

Hannah Bilka (Coppell, Texas) potted a league-high three goals to help keep Boston College undefeated, pushing the Eagles' record to 7-0-1 with a 1-0-1 weekend. Her tallies including the game-winning goal over Holy Cross and two strikes in a 3-3 tie with Maine, including the game-tying goal with 90 seconds left in regulation.


HOCKEY EAST WOMEN'S DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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Clare Minnerath - Providence

Clare Minnerath (Sartell, Minn.) recorded a career-high 33 saves and earned her second career shutout on Friday, denying the #3 Northeastern Huskies and its offense that had averaged 4.60 goals per game in a 1-0 Friars win. The senior netminder has allowed two or fewer goals in six of her eight starts to start the 2019- 20 season.


HOCKEY EAST WOMEN'S TOP PERFORMERS

Kelly Browne, BC (So., F: Burlington, Mass.) Had one goal and two assists during a 1-0-1 weekend, while recording a team-high 34 faceoff wins. The sophomore set up the game-winning goal in a 5-1 win over Holy Cross on Friday.

Alexie Guay, BC (Fr., D; Magog, Que.) Netted one goal and one assist on the weekend and finished with a plus-four rating. Her first career goal came Friday in a 5-1 win over Holy Cross.

Kaleigh Donnelly, BU (So., F; Wellesley, Mass.) Scored a goal and added an assist in each of the Terriers' two wins over Penn State to extend her point streak to three games. Donnelly is now tied for the team lead with eight points (3g, 5a), with her three goals already exceeding her career high from last year.

Julia Nearis, BU (Fr., F; Beverly, Mass.) Turned in her first career two-goal game in Saturday's 5-1 win at Penn State to cap off a threepoint weekend.

Kate Stuart, BU (So., G; Chilliwack, B.C.) Earned her first win of the 2019-20 season on Saturday, stopping 21 of 22 shots at Penn State. Her .955 save percentage was second among all league netminders last weekend.

Ida Kuoppala, Maine (Fr., F; Pedersore, Finland) Factored in on all three goals in Maine's 3-3 draw at Boston College, scoring two goals and adding an assist.

Loryn Porter, Maine (Jr., G; North Bay, Ont.) Posted a 19-save shutout against New Hampshire, backstopping Maine to its first Hockey East win of the season. The 3-0 win was Porter's third shutout of the year in just four starts.

Carlee Turner, UNH (Sr., F; Scottsdale, Ariz.) New Hampshire's senior captain enjoyed a three-point (2g, 1a) day at Providence, helping the Wildcats to a 6-2 win. Her two goals both came on the power-play.

Ava Boutilier, UNH (So., G; Charlottetown, P.E.I.) Tallied 60 total saves in a 1-1-0 weekend, helping New Hampshire to two points in league play with a 2.02 goals against average and a .938 save percentage.

Whitney Dove, PC (Sr., D; Port Moody, B.C.) Picked up her sixth assist of the season on the game-winning goal against #3 Northeastern, a 1-0 win at home for the Friars. She netted her first goal of the season on Saturday against New Hampshire.

Val Caldwell, UVM (Jr., F; Glenview, Ill.) The junior forward tied for the most points in the nation this week, posting six points on two goals and four assists to power the Catamounts to a 1-0-1 weekend in league play. She tied for the lead with a league-best plus-four rating and tied the Vermont program record for most points in a single game with two goals and two assists in a 6-2 win at Merrimack on Saturday.

Lily Humphrey, UVM (Fr., F; Huntington Beach, Calif.) Recorded three points on two goals and one assist across a 1-0-1 weekend at Merrimack.