Weekly Release: Boston College, Northeastern Clinch Playoff Positions
Three Head Coaches Close In On All-Time Wins Record
Warrior Hockey Player of the Week Jonna Curtis of New Hampshire

AROUND HOCKEY EAST: A trio of head coaches are within striking distance of the Women's Hockey East all-time coaching wins record of 153 league victories set by New Hampshire's Brian McCloskey. Providence's Bob Deraney sits second with 151 wins, while Boston College's Katie Crowley has won 150 games and Brian Durocher boasts 148 victories ... Boston College and Northeastern became the first two programs to clinch a spot in the Women's Hockey East playoffs over the weekend, earning playoff berths by virtue of a pair of sweeps. No. 6 Boston College traveled to Burlington, Vermont to dual the Catamounts and came away with a pair of wins. Vermont jumped out to a 2-0 lead off Amanda Drobot's (Churchville, Pa.) first goal of the year and Victoria Andreakos's (Aurora, Ont.) sixth. The Eagles then scored three unanswered goals, including two from Makenna Newkirk (Scottsdale, Ariz.), to earn the win. Megan Keller (Farmington Hills, Mich.) scored with just 46 seconds remaining to tie the game before Newkirk netted the overtime tally just 39 seconds into the extra frame. With an assist and a goal, Keller became the all-time assists (49) and points leader (60) for a defenseman in league play. The next night, Katie Burt (Lynn, Mass.) shutout the Catamounts to earn her 28th career shutout and 81st career victory at Boston College, a new school record ... Northeastern earned a pair of wins in a home-and-home with UConn, taking a 3-2 win Friday and a 5-3 decision Saturday. UConn junior forward Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.) scored twice in Friday's loss, but Northeastern's McKenna Brand (Nevis, Minn.) scored late in the second period to give her Huskies the win. Brand again scored the decisive tally the next night, clinching a playoff spot for her program ... New Hampshire swept Maine as the Wildcats outscored the Black Bears, 11-1, in a pair of games. Senior captain Jonna Curtis (Elk River, Minn.) racked up eight points (4g, 4a) to lead the offensive outburst, including a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-1 win and a hat trick and three assists in Saturday's 7-0 victory ... Boston University took three points from Providence, led by Victoria Bach's (Milton, Ont.) six points on the weekend (3g, 3a). Bach scored a hat trick in Saturday's 5-5 draw before dishing out a trio of helpers in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Friars. Senior defenseman Alexis Crossley (Cole Harbour, N.S.) racked up four assists Saturday as well while junior Rebecca Leslie (Ottawa, Ont.) became the 11th Terrier to record 100 career points after a four-point (2g, 2a) weekend. Meanwhile, Friars rookie defenseman Whitney Dove (Port Moody, B.C.) tallied five assists in the pair of games, including three on Saturday to help her team overcome a 4-1 deficit and eventually earn a 5-5 tie. Dove finished plus-four in that game ... Merrimack skated to a 2-2 tie with No. 8 Quinnipiac Friday in its only game of the weekend thanks to goals from Annie Boeckers (Otsego, Minn.) and Paige Voight (St. Michael, Minn.). Mikyla Grant-Mentis (Brampton, Ont.) assisted on each of the tallies for the Warriors.