AROUND HOCKEY EAST: With a month to go in the Women's Hockey East regular season, three teams ranked in the top-10 nationally remain alive for the 2018 regular season crown. #2 Boston College, #8 Providence and #9 Maine are in contention for the title, while the Eagles have a chance to clinch the #1 seed this weekend with a sweep of Providence and help from the Maine at UConn series ... Boston University's Victoria Bach (Milton, Ont.) scored her fourth hat trick of the season on Tuesday, finishing the feat with 3.3 seconds left in regulation to lift the Terriers to a 3-3 at Northeastern. The capper was Bach's 93rd career goal, setting a new career record for any Boston University player ... With three wins last week, Boston College's Katie Burt (Lynn, Mass.) is just one victory shy of tying the all-time career mark for any NCAA goaltender (114). Burt's Eagles have seven games remaining on the schedule ... Northeastern goaltender Brittany Bugalski (Boynton Beach, Fla.) recorded her 50th career victory Friday in 5-3 win over UConn at Matthews Arena, just one of four Husky netminders to reach the milestone ... Merrimack's Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ont.) scored all five of the Warriors' goals last weekend in a split with Maine, including all four in a 4-2 victory over the Black Bears. Rae is the third player to score four goals in a single game in league play in the 2017-18 season, all coming in January 2018. That feat was accomplished just once in the league's prior 15 seasons (Casey Pickett, NU 11/3/12 vs UConn) ... Maine had a 10-game unbeaten streak snapped by Merrimack on Saturday, in a 4-2 game that saw Rae pile up four tallies. Rae is now riding a six-game goal streak (11g) and nine-game point streak (13g, 2a) ... New Hampshire skated to a 1-0-1 weekend against #8 Providence last weekend, securing its first win over a ranked opponent this season. Rookie netminder Ava Boutilier (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) stopped 49 of 51 shots she faced and earned her first career shutout with a 22-save performance against the Friars on Saturday.
Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ont.) fired in five goals in two games against Maine over the weekend. She scored the Warriors' lone goal in a 4-1 setback on Friday before lighting the lamp all four times for Merrimack in a 4-2 victory on Saturday. Rae now leads the team with 18 goals and 23 points on the season.
Maegan Beres (Whistler, B.C.) lead WHEA rookies with four points (4a) for the Eagles and were the most assists by any league skater. Two of her helpers set up game-winning scores.
Ava Boutilier (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) went 1-0-1 last weekend, stopping 49 of 51 shots she faced. The rookie backstop earned her first career shutout with a 22-save performance against #8 Providence.
HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS
Kenzie Kent, BC (Sr., F; Norwell, Mass.) Put up five points (1g, 4a) in a 3-0-0 week for the Eagles, registering at least one point in each outing and two multi-point games.
Toni Ann Miano, BC (Sr., D; Bronx, N.Y.) Recorded four points (3g, 1a) to lead all WHEA defensemen in that category. She finished with a plus-six rating and scored both of the Eagles tallies in the third period in a 2-1 come-from-behind win against Vermont on Saturday.
Victoria Bach, BU (Sr., F; Milton, Ont.) Scored her 93rd career goal with 3.3 seconds left to finish her fourth hat trick of the year and secure a 3-3 tie at Northeastern on Tuesday.
Jesse Compher, BU (Fr., F; Northbrook, Ill.) Scored for the Terriers in a 2-2 tie at UConn Sunday and set up the game-tying goal at NU Tuesday.
Taylor Wabick, UConn (Fr., D; Winnipeg, Man.) Dished out an assist in a 2-2 tie with BU Sunday and helped the UConn defense hold opponents to 0-for-8 on the power play last weekend.
Lydia Murray, ME (So., F; Sault St. Marie, Ont.) Opened the scoring for the Black Bears in each of their two games against Merrimack.
Michelle Weis, ME (Fr., F; Charlottenlund, Denmark) Potted two insurance goals in a 4-1 win over Merrimack on Friday in the third period.
Carly Jackson, ME (So., G; Amherst, N.S.) Stopped 50 shots in two games for Maine, going 1-1-0 against Merrimack. Jackson currently sits atop the league in goals against average, posting a 1.76 GAA in 956:49 minutes of work.
Carlee Toews, UNH (Sr., F; Grand Prairie, Alta.) Scored a short-handed tally to give the Wildcats a 1-0 edge over #7 Providence, New Hampshire's first win over a ranked opponent this season.
Veronika Pettey, NU (Fr., F; Potomac, Md.) Scored in both games and tallied three points (2g, 1a) last week, a 1-0-1 showing against BU and UConn. All three of her points came in the third period.
Codie Cross, NU (So., D; Airdrie, Alta.) Posted a goal and two assists in Friday's 5-3 win over UConn, opening the scoring just 34 seconds into the first period against the Huskies. She went on to assist on the game-winning strike in the third period and the insurance goal.