Weekly Release: Terriers, Friars Open Hockey East Play Season on First Weekend
Sutherland Nets A Hat Trick to Push BU over PC; Maine Splits with RPI
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Warrior Hockey Player of the Week Samantha Sutherland of Boston University

AROUND HOCKEY EAST: Boston University and Providence College opened the 2016-17 Women's Hockey East season Sunday afternoon, with the Terriers taking a 5-2 victory over the Friars. Senior forward Samantha Sutherland (Fernie, B.C.) netted her first hat trick as a Terrier to help BU to the season-opening win, while also adding an assist in an exhibition match up against Whitby on Saturday to earn Warrior Player of the Week honors. Terrier goaltender Victoria Hanson (Stoughton, Mass.) blocked 34 shots in the win to pick up Defensive Player of the Week accolades ... The Maine Black Bears also opened the regular season with a pair of tilts against RPI, splitting the weekend series with the Engineers. Freshman Tereza Vanisova (Strakonice, Czech Republic) potted a goal and added an assist in a 2-0 victory over RPI, while senior netminder Mariah Fujimagari (Markham, Ont.) kicked out all 20 shots she faced in the shutout ... Five other Hockey East teams kicked off the year with exhibition contests, including Boston College, which split a pair of games with the Boston Pride (L, 2-3) and the Cambridge Rivulettes (W, 7-1), New Hampshire, which downed Whitby, 2-0, Merrimack handled Cambridge, 7-0, Northeastern traveled to Toronto and came away with a 3-0 win, and Vermont fell in overtime to McGill, 3-2.