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The Bertagna Trophy will be claimed this weekend
Hockey East Women's Championship Weekend Preview
News and notes from the upcoming weekend of Hockey East action.

#1 Northeastern vs. #7 Maine (at Merrimack)

- Regular season champion and #1 Northeastern (30-4-2/24-3-0 HEAW) look to return to the Hockey East championship game for the fourth consecutive year as the Huskies take on #7 Maine (15-13-8/9-11-7 HEAW) in the first semifinal on Saturday. The Black Bears advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2018, where they fell to the Huskies, 2-1, before Northeastern went on to win its first Hockey East Tournament crown.

- During the regular season, Northeastern won the series over Maine, 2-1-0. On Nov. 24, Black Bears' sophomore forward Celine Tedenby (Ornskoldsvik, Sweden) scored in overtime to hand the Huskies one of just three conference losses in 2019-20.

- Northeastern sophomore forward Alina Mueller (Winterthur, Switzerland) was named a Top 3 Finalist for the 2020 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.

- Over the weekend, Northeastern faced Vermont in the quarterfinals where the Huskies advanced in two games. Hockey East Co-Player of the Week, junior defenseman Skylar Fontaine (East Greenwich, R.I.), led the league with four points (1g, 3a) and contributed to each tally in the 3-1 decisive Game 2 against the Catamounts.

- Maine freshman forward Ida Kuoppala (Pedersore, Finland) scored a goal in each of her first two career playoff games, including a thrilling double overtime game-winner over #2 Boston University in the quarterfinal sweep. Her heroics earned her Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week, while her play throughout February netted her Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month and Women's Hockey Commissioners Association National Rookie of the Month.

- Senior forward Tereza Vanišová (Strakonice, Czech Republic) scored the eventual game-winning goal in Game 2 of the quarterfinal playoff sweep over #2 Boston University on Saturday. This marks just the second time the seven-seed has advanced to the semifinals (UConn, 2018.)


#5 UConn vs. #6 New Hampshire (at Merrimack)

- The second of the two semifinal match ups includes #5 UConn (18-17-2/13-12-2 HEAW) and #6 New Hampshire (18-14- 4/12-12-3 HEAW) marking the first postseason meeting between the two since a 2016 quarterfinal series. This is the first time in league history that two or more lower-seeded teams have advanced to the semifinals of the Hockey East Tournament.

- The Huskies are hungry for their first Bertagna Trophy as they move onto their fourth semifinal in program history. UConn most recently appeared on the final weekend in 2018, when they made history as the lowest seed to appear in the title game after the seventh-seeded Huskies toppled the top-ranked Boston College Eagles.

- The Wildcats return to the semifinals for the first time since 2010 after winning four straight tournament titles from 2006-09.

- In UConn's quarterfinal road series, sophomore forward Vikki Harkness (Berwick, Ont.) played a crucial role in the Huskies' three-game triumph over Boston College as she tallied three points on two goals and one assist over the weekend. The Hockey East Co-Player of the week notched a point in each game.

- Junior forward Natalie Snodgrass' (Eagan, Minn.) posted two points last weekend, including the game-winning goal during the Huskies' late rally in the third period of Game 3. The goal marked her 100th career point, becoming just the fifth player in program history to accomplish the feat.

- #6 New Hampshire swept #3 Providence on the road behind solid play from Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week Ava Boutilier (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) The sophomore stopped 58 of the Friars' 60 shot attempts in the two games, including a 35-save shutout in Game 2. Her blank sheet was the first by a Wildcat goaltender in the postseason since 2008.

- Boutilier is the first UNH netminder in over two decades to tally multiple points in a single season, after she assisted on the game-winning goal in Game 1. She now has two assists for the year.