Weekly Release: Merrimack Captures Nutmeg Classic Title
Boston University Takes Three on the Week Behind Two Parker OT Winners
Warrior Hockey Player of the Week Nina Rodgers of Boston University

AROUND HOCKEY EAST: The Merrimack Warriors claimed the title at the Nutmeg Classic hosted by Quinnipiac, downing the Bobcats in a shootout before toppling Yale for the championship victory. A late third-period goal by sophomore forward Paige Voight (St. Michael, Minn.) forced overtime and a shootout, where sophomore goaltender Samantha Ridgewell (Outlook, Sask.) denied out both of the Bobcats' attempts to advance to the final. In title game, Warriors sophomore forward Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ont.) scored twice, including the game-winner, as freshman goaltender Lea-Kristine Demers (Repentigny, Que.) stopped 18 third period shots to give Merrimack the win ... In the other side of the Nutmeg Classic bracket, UConn junior forward Justine Fredette (Winnipeg, Man.) netted a late goal with an extra attacker, forcing a 1-1 tie and an eventual shootout with Yale. Junior goaltender Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Ont.) kicked out 38 pucks on the night, but UConn fell to Yale, 3-2, in the shootout. The following day Belanger made another 42 saves on 45 shots, and junior defenseman Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.) had two goals, but Quinnipiac came out on top, 3-2 ... No. 10 Northeastern and No. 6 Boston College squared off in the second ranked matchup of the season after skating to a 2-2 tie Nov. 20. The Eagles held a 1-0 lead going into the third period off a goal from sophomore defenseman Erin Connolly (South Boston, Mass.) before Northeastern junior forward MaKenna Brand (Nevis, Minn.) evened the tilt 1-1 with an assist from senior forward Paige Savage (Johns Creek, Geo.). Savage scored just a minute and a half later to give the Huskies a 2-1 lead. Eagles junior defenseman Toni Ann Miano (Bronx, N.Y.) responded to tie the game and senior forward Kristyn Capizzano (Oakville, Ont.) netted the shorthanded game-winner as the Eagles went on to win 4-2 ... New Hampshire and Maine squared off in Auburn, Maine, skating to a 2-2 stalemate. Maine took a 2-0 lead off goals from senior forward Morgan Sakundiak (Calgary, Alta.) and junior forward Brooke Stacey (Kahnawake, Que.) before UNH struck back with tallies from rookie forwards Nicole Dunbar (Coto de Caza, Calif.) and Meghara McManus (Milton, Mass.) in the third ... BU senior forward Mary Parker (Milton, Mass.) knocked off her former team Harvard with an overtime winner Tuesday in a 4-3 Terrier triumph. Boston University then toppled Princeton in a two-game set, taking a 4-1 win Friday night thanks to a three-point night from junior forward Nina Rodgers (Minnetonka, Minn./1g, 2a). Parker scored yet another OT winner the next night to sweep the Tigers with a 4-3 win ... The Mayors' Cup was up for grabs in Rhode Island, as the Providence Friars took Brown in the one-game tournament. Junior forward Blair Parent (Blaine, Minn.) posted a hat trick as the Friars piled on six goals in the first two periods to take a 6-0 lead into the final frame. Senior forward Cassidy Carels (Bruxelles, Man.) netted a shorthanded goal in the final period to add insurance to a 7-3 victory while sophomore goaltender Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) stopped 20 shots on 23 attempts ... Vermont hosted the Windjammer Classic in Burlington, where the Catamounts took down St. Cloud State, 5-1, in the first round. Senior Bridget Baker (Los Gatos, Cali.) accounted for three of those goals, registering her first hat trick of the season. Senior goaltender Madison Litchfield (Williston, Vt.) kicked out 16 of the 17 shots faced in the matchup. On Saturday, senior forward Sarah Kelly (Vestal, N.Y.) netted her first goal of the season, but No. 5 Clarkson took the tournament title with a 3-1 win.