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Providence College and #8 Boston University meet for a home and home series beginning at Schneider Arena in Providence.
Hockey East Women's Weekend Preview
News and notes from the upcoming weekend of Hockey East action.

Boston College vs. #3 Northeastern (home and home)

- The two Boston teams meet for the last time in the regular season before a potential Beanpot title game match up. Earlier this season on November 19, then-#4 Northeastern shutout then-#6 Boston College, 3-0. Huskies sophomore forward Chloé Aurard (Villard-de-Lans, France) tallied three points (1g, 2a) in that game including a power-play goal late in the third.

- #3 Northeastern enters the weekend after taking second place in the inaugural Battle of the Burgh after two overtime games. Saturday against Colgate, the two teams tied 1-1 officially and forced a shootout. The Huskies advanced to the championship game against #1 Wisconsin after converting in the shootout. Once again the extra time was needed to determine a winner and Wisconsin found the back of the net four minutes into overtime.

- With two overtime games under her belt, junior goaltender Aerin Frankel (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) was recognized as the tournament's MVP after recording 82 saves, including a career-high 51 in the title contest, and earned Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week after stopping 106 shots in three outings last week.


#8 Boston University vs Providence (home and home)

- Providence College and #8 Boston University meet for a home and home series beginning at Schneider Arena in Providence. Earlier this season on November 9, the then-#10 Terriers won on the road, 2-1, over the Friars thanks to two goals from freshman forward Julia Nearis (Beverly, Mass.) and two assists from senior forward Sammy Davis (Pembroke, Mass.)

- Boston University is currently on a seven-game unbeaten streak entering this weekend, thanks in part to Hockey East Goaltender of the Month junior Corinne Schroeder (Elm Creek, Man.) In the month of December, Schroeder won both of her starts against then-#8 Boston College and stopping 46 of the 47 shots in back-to-back games and was named league and national goaltender of the month for her efforts.

- The Friars most recent outing was a weekend split in Vermont. In game one, Vermont jumped out to a 3-0 lead in an eventual 4-3 victory. Game two saw sophomore forward Sara Hjalmarsson (Bankeryd, Sweden) lead the team with three points (1g, 2a) to clinch the regular season series (2-1-0) with a 3-1 win.


UConn at New Hampshire

- UConn and UNH face each other for a two-game series in New Hampshire. The Huskies and Wildcats met once this season on October 11 in Connecticut when UNH went home with a 2-0 shutout win. After a scoreless first period, freshman forward Jada Christian (Caldon East, Ont.) struck first scoring her first career goal, followed by junior forward Ellie Sasaki (Markham, Ont.) finding the back of the net in the third.

- The Wildcats are coming off a road trip from Penn State where they split the weekend series against the Nittany Lions. Game one freshman goaltender Ava Thewes (Clarkston, Mich.) made her first career appearance in net stopping 25 shots in a 3-0 setback In game two, New Hampshire capitalized twice on the power play with assists from junior defenseman Julia Scammell (Truro, N.S.) in a 2-1 win.

- UConn enters the weekend after a regular-season sweep over Holy Cross and winning three out of their last four games. Forward Coryn Tormala (Sussex, Wis.) earned Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week after scoring her first two career goals in back-to-back games over the Crusaders.


Merrimack at Vermont

- Merrimack returns from a trip to Northern Ireland to compete in the second annual Friendship Series to visit Vermont for one game to close out their regular season series. The two teams met in North Andover in October and tied game one before the Catamounts earned a win in game two.

- Since the 2015-16 season, Merrimack holds a winning record of 7-5-2 over Vermont.

- In two appearances against Vermont in October, Merrimack senior goaltender Léa-Kristine Demers (Repentigny, Que.) stopped 58 shots.

- Vermont's most recent outing was a weekend split at home against Providence College (W, 4-3, L, 3-1). In game one, the Catamounts earned a 3-0 lead in an eventual 4-3 victory. Sophomore forward Theresa Schafzahl (Weiz, Austria) had a three-point game (2g, 1a). Reigning Hockey East Player of the Week sophomore defenseman Maude Poulin-Labelle (Sherbrooke, Que.) also enjoyed a three-point night and ended the week with five points in three games, the most of any defender in NCAA.


Holy Cross at Maine

- Holy Cross makes the road trip up to Orono for the first time since November 2018 to face the Black Bears in a two-game set. The two teams have met four times in program history with the Black Bears holding an unbeaten record of 3-0-1.

- The lone stalemate came last season January 12, 2019, when Holy Cross took a 2-1 lead in the third period only to have Maine tie the game and send it to overtime with 0.4 seconds on the clock and force a final score of 2-2. Crusaders then-freshman goaltender Jada Brenon (Pendleton, N.Y.) stopped 36 shots.

- Over the weekend, Maine's series against #8 Boston University played out in close overtime games. Game one saw the Terriers start off with a two-goal lead in the first period, only to see the Black Bears force the game into overtime at 13:24 of the third period. Halfway into the extra fame, the Terriers found the back of the net for a 3-2 win.

- The second game ended in a 3-3 draw after the roles were reversed and Maine held an early 3-0 lead that was forced into overtime by BU with the tying goal at 9:02 of the third period. In back-to-back overtime games senior goaltender Carly Jackson (Amherst, N.S.) tallied 68 saves for Maine..