#4 Northeastern welcomes Holy Cross to Matthews Arena for a lone contest to kick off their three-game Hockey East regular season series.
Hockey East Women's Weekend Preview
News and notes from the upcoming weekend of Hockey East action.

#4 Northeastern vs. Holy Cross

- #4 Northeastern welcomes Holy Cross to Matthews Arena for a lone contest to kick off their three-game Hockey East regular season series. The teams faced off three times last year in a series that saw the Crusaders earn their sole win of 2018-19 against then-#5 Northeastern on Nov. 30, 5-3.

- The Huskies enter the weekend off of a league sweep in a home-and-home series with then-#9 Boston University. They defeated the Terriers, 2-1, on the road, before shutting them out, 2-0, at home.

- Goaltender Aerin Frankel (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) recorded 42 saves on the weekend, including 20 stops on Saturday for her second blank sheet of the year, en route to being named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week.

- Northeastern sophomore forward Alina Mueller (Winterthur, Switzerland) earned Hockey East Player of the Month accolades after leading the lead with 15 points (4g, 11a) and averaging 2.50 points per game in September/October.

UConn vs. #5 Boston College

- UConn hosts #5 Boston College in each team's only game of the weekend on Saturday afternoon to open their three-game regular season Hockey East series. The two teams faced off five times last year, including twice during the post season. The Eagles skated to victory in each game.

- The Huskies shutout Brown, 7-0, in non-conference play during their most recent outing to snap a two-game skid. Junior Natalie Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.) had a career night, posting five points on two goals and three assists in the victory that saw six different players score a goal for the Huskies. Sophomore goaltender Samantha Carpentier-Yeller (Bromont, Québec) recorded her third career shutout.

- The Eagles are currently riding a 10-game unbeaten streak after a four-point weekend in Hockey East play. Katie Crowley's squad defeated New Hampshire and Providence, each by a score of 5-2, on home ice over the weekend.

- Kelly Browne (Burlington, Mass.) is currently riding a five-game point streak after putting up a nation-high five goals on the weekend, including four in Friday's victory over the Wildcats. The sophomore was named Hockey East Player of the Week for her efforts.

- Hannah Bilka (Coppell, Texas) was named Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month and National Rookie of the Month after an impressive start to the first eight games of her collegiate career. Averaging 1.75 points per game, Bilka lead the conference with 10 goals. Nationally, Bilka led or tied for first nationally among freshmen in points (14), goals (10), power-play goals (4), power-play points (5), game-winning goals (3), short-handed goals (1), hat tricks (1), and shots on goal (37).

#10 Boston University at Providence, vs. Yale

- Providence and Boston University face off in their first of three regular season meetings at Schneider Arena on Saturday afternoon. The two teams met three times last season, with the Terriers coming out on top with a 2-1-0 record.

- The Friars earned two points in league play last weekend when they took on Boston College and Holy Cross. They shutout the Crusaders, 1-0, before falling to the Eagles 5-2. Rookie Bailey Burton (Bloomington, Minn.) netted the second game-winning goal of her career in Friday afternoon's victory while sophomore goaltender Sandra Abstreiter (Freising, Germany) recorded 26 saves in the shutout.

- Boston University junior goaltender Corinne Schroeder (Elm Creek, Man.) was awarded Hockey East Goaltender of the Month after leading the NCAA in save percentage (.956) and Hockey East in goals against average (1.18). Schroeder has yet to allow more than two goals in a single game this season.

- The Terriers will look to turn things around after dropping both games of a home and home series with Northeastern over the weekend. They fell, 2-1, at home before being shut out, 2-0, on the road. Julia Nearis (Beverly, Mass.) scored the lone Boston University goal of the weekend.

- BU has not faced off with the Bulldogs since the 2017-18 season. The Terriers have not lost to Yale since Nov. 25, 2008.

Maine at Merrimack, Holy Cross

- The Warriors play host to Maine in league action on Friday afternoon for their only game of the weekend. The two teams faced off three times during the 2018-19 season, with Merrimack earning the regular season series sweep over the Black Bears. Since Merrimack joined Hockey East in October 2015, the two teams are tied with an overall record of 6-6-0.

- Merrimack has gone winless in its last seven outings, most recently falling twice on the road at Minnesota State. Mikyla Grant-Mentis (Brampton, Ont.) pushed her point streak to five games over the weekend, netting two goals and adding an assist.

- Maine visits Merrimack after a bye week following a big road trip that saw the Black Bears shutout New Hampshire, 3-0, and ending Boston College's win streak at seven-games with a 3-3 draw on Oct 26. Junior goaltender Loryn Porter (North Bay, Ontario) stopped 19 shots from the Wildcats in her third recorded shutout in her first four starts of the year, earning recognition as the runner up Hockey East Goaltender of the Month.

- Maine faces Holy Cross on Saturday for the first time this season, Last year, Holy Cross earned its only conference tie in a 2-2 stalemate with Maine on Jan. 12. Maine earned the tie when Celine Tedenby (Örnsköldsvik, Sweden) scored with just 0.4 seconds left on the clock in regulation.

New Hampshire vs. Vermont

- New Hampshire and Vermont hit the ice together for a pair to close out their regular season series. The two teams enter the weekend locked at 0-0-1 after playing to a 3-3 overtime draw in their first meeting of the year back on Oct.18. In that outing, New Hampshire erased a three-goal deficit in Burlington and Nikki Harnett (Plymouth, Minn.) made her collegiate debut for the Wildcats, stopping all 19 shots she faced in relief to preserve the stalemate.

- The Wildcats are coming off of a weekend that saw them split a league weekend with Boston College and Holy Cross. They fell to the Eagles, 5-2, before shutting out the Crusaders, 3-0. Tamara Thiérus (Saint- Jérôme, Que.) was tabbed Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week after recording two points on the weekend, including the first goal of her collegiate career in Friday's loss to Boston College.

- The Catamounts most recent outing came in the form of a, 4-2, victory over Dartmouth in non-conference play on Oct. 29. Maude Poulin-Labelle (Sherbrooke, Que.) recorded a hat trick in the victory, the first time a defenseman has completed a hat trick in Catamounts program history. Poulin-Labelle was recognized as the runner-up for Player of the Month in September/October for her efforts over the month, leading all national defenseman in goal scoring (6.)