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Two nationally ranked rivals close out their regular season series this weekend as Boston University and Boston College in a home and home match up televised on NESNplus Classic.
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News and notes from the upcoming weekend of Hockey East action.

#8 Boston College vs. #9 Boston University (home and home), vs. Harvard

- Two nationally ranked rivals close out their regular season series this weekend as #8 Boston College takes on #9 Boston University in a home and home match up televised on NESNplus. The Eagles are sitting second the Army ROTC Hockey East standings with a record of 10-3-1 and the Terriers tied for third at 5-4-1. However, the two are neck-and-neck nationally with overall records of 11-4-2 for the Eagles and 10-4-1 for BU.

- The heated rivalry was last rekindled on Nov. 15 as the two battled it out to set the standard for this season's series. Boston University struck first when junior forward Kristina Schuler (Webster, N.Y.) scored five minutes into the first period and again in the second. However, each goal was followed by Boston College power-play strikes, and a game-winner from Eagles senior forward Delaney Belinskas (Port Orange, Fla.). An empty net goal ultimately lead Boston College to a 4-2 victory.

- Over the weekend, the Eagles flew south to Nashville, Tennessee for the inaugural Country Classic where the Eagles faced the top two teams in the country: then-#1 Minnesota and then-#2 Wisconsin. Friday afternoon, BC never let the Gophers take a lead. Two shorthanded goals from Belinskas and sophomore forward Kelley Browne (Burlington, Mass.) led the team to overtime. A stand-out performance from sophomore goaltender Maddy McArthur (St. Catherines, Ont.), with a career high 41 saves, backboned BC to a 2-2 draw.

- The Terriers are winners of five of their last six, including 6-2 win on Nov. 19 over then-#9 Harvard to hand the Crimson their first lost of the season.


UConn vs, Providence (home and home)

- UConn and Providence meet for the first time this season in a home-and-home series beginning Thursday night in Rhode Island. UConn is tied for third place in the conference with a 5-4-1 (8-7-1 overall) record and Providence is just one point behind them in sixth place with a 5-4-0 (8-6-2 overall) record.

- Last season, the Friars took the series win, 2-1-0, winning the first and last game of the Huskies series. The UConn win came on Dec. 1, 2018 when then-junior forward and captain Briana Colangelo (Whitby, Ont.) scored twice in the third to hand the Huskies a the 2-1 victory.

- This season, the Huskies ripped off a five-game unbeaten streak from Nov. 5-22, including a series win over #8 Boston College. UConn retains a 6-0-0 overall record in road games this year.

- The Friars most recent outing saw an offensive explosion for a 10-0 shutout over Brown when Hockey East Player of the Week and NCAA First Star Sara Hjalmarsson (Bankeryd, Sweden) scored six points (3g, 3a) and freshman defenseman Lauren DeBlois (Lewiston, Maine) notched three assists and the game winning goal. Hjalmarsson's six points stand as the most in a single game by an NCAA player this year.


New Hampshire vs. Merrimack (home and home)

- New Hampshire and Merrimack start their regular season series with a home-and-home set this weekend. Last season the Wildcats held the winning record 2-1-0 over the Warriors. Merrimack's victory came late in the season on Feb. 9, when then-freshman forward Keisha DiCaire (Ottawa, Ont.) assisted on the first strike and scored the game winner for a final score of 2-1.

- New Hampshire's most recent outing was a memorable 3-1 win over then-#9 Harvard in which Hilary Witt's squad did not trail at any point in the game. The Wildcats struck the first two goals and sophomore goaltender Ava Boutilier (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) stopped 45 shots and recorded an assist on the final goal of the game, helping to hand junior forward Grace Middleton (Midland, Mich.) her first goal of the season.


Vermont at Maine, at Northeastern

- The Catamounts' and Black Bears' northern rivalry kicks off its regular season opener as Maine host Vermont for two. Last season, the two teams split down the middle with a record of 1-1-1 in the regular season set. The draw came in a defacto playoff game, as a win or tie would have lifted Vermont into the Hockey East playoffs, while a Maine win would send the Black Bears back to the postseason. In that game on Feb. 23, the Black Bears' then-junior forward Brittany Colton (Groton, Mass.) had the first goal of the game just over one minute into the first period, as well as the last goal of the game early in the third. The Catamounts' then-sophomore forward Kristina Shanahan (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Que.) had two assists on both UVM goals.

- Maine's most recent outing was split in Hanover, New Hampshire against Dartmouth with a 6-1 win in game one and a 5-2 loss in game two. Senior forward Tereza Vanišová (Strakonice, Czech Republic) raked in four points (2g, 2a) in game one contributing to four out of the six goals and added one more point to her weekend with an assist in game two. Vanišová is now the all-time leading scorer at the University of Maine with 117 career points on 58 goals and 59 assists.