Weekly Release: Merrimack Bests #3 Minnesota on the Road; Maine Splits With #9 Quinnipiac
Northeastern Draws With #1 Clarkson; Providence Takes League Points Over Vermont
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Women's Hockey Player of the Week Lea-Kristine Demers of Merrimack

AROUND HOCKEY EAST: The Merrimack Warriors traveled to #3 Minnesota last weekend and earned a two-game split, taking a 4-3 victory Friday night. Sophomore goaltender Lea-Kristine Demers (Repentigny, Que.) stopped 54 shots in the win, earning Women's Hockey East Player of the Week accolades for her efforts. Jessica Bonfe (Woodbury, Minn.) scored the game-winning goal at 5:16 of the second period, breaking a 3-3 tie. The Gophers took a 4-1 win over Merrimack Sunday in the second game ... Maine earned its first win over #9 Quinnipiac since 2011 on Saturday, taking a 4-2 victory at Alfond Arena. Rookie Michelle Weis (Charlottenlund, Denmark) helped the Black Bears to the weekend with the Bobcats, including Maine's first win over the Bobcats since 2011. Her three assists on the weekend marked her first collegiate points after a two-goal, two-assist exhibition outing on Sept. 22 and earned her Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week honors ... #8 Northeastern welcomed defending national champion and top-ranked Clarkson to Matthews Arena for a two-game set. Shelby Harrington (Bow, N.H.) scored the lone Husky goal in Friday's 1-1 draw and chipped in an assist in Northeastern's 5-1 setback on Saturday ... Providence's Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ont.) erupted for eight points on the weekend, posting one goal and three assists in each of two wins for the Friars. On Friday, Putigna paced her team to a 7-3 win at Union before padding her point total in a 6-2 victory over Hockey East rival Vermont Sunday. Whitney Dove (Port Moody, B.C.) netted a pair of goals on the weekend, en route to claiming Women's Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week ... UConn split a weekend series at St. Cloud, including a 1-0 overtime victory in the season opener. Rookie forward Natalie Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.) tallied the decisive marker just 45 seconds into the extra frame to push the Huskies to victory ... New Hampshire opened its 40th season on the ice with an exhibition contest on Friday night, earning a 2-1 win with a pair of goals from senior defensemen. Julia Fedeski (Algonquin Highlands, Ont.) and Amy Schlagel (Blaine, Minn.) each found the back of the net to lead the Wildcat win.