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October 5, 2009
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE SWEEPS WHEA SERIES WITH MAINE
~No. 5 New Hampshire wins two; NU earns shootout victory vs. UConn~

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Pure Hockey Player of the Week Jillian Kirchner of Boston University
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WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- Providence College opened its season with a weekend sweep in WHEA play against Maine at Schneider Arena. No. 5 ranked New Hampshire picked up two victories, while Northeastern defeated ECAC foe Union and picked up a shootout win vs. Connecticut on Sunday at Matthews Arena.

The Friars shutout the Black Bears on Friday night, 4-0, and then came back the next afternoon with a 2-1 victory. Bauer Rookie of the Week Jessica Cohen (Anchorage, Alaska) notched three points on the weekend for the Friars, including two points (1g,1a) on Friday, which included the game-winner. PC sophomore goalie Genevieve Lacasse (Scarborough, Ont.) made 19 saves for her seventh career shutout for the Friars.

Northeastern also had a successful weekend with a 4-1 victory vs. Union and on Sunday they tied UConn, 1-1, but they picked up an extra point in the league standings in the shootout with goals by freshman forward Brittany Esposito (Edmonton, Alb.) and junior forward Alyssa Wohlfeiler (Saugus, Calif.). Sophomore goalie Florence Schelling (Oberengstringen, Switzerland) also had an impressive weekend for the Huskies, stopping 47 of 49 shots by their opponents with 23 saves Saturday and 24 stops on Sunday. Schelling earned Defensive Player of the Week honors for her efforts over the weekend for the fourth time in her WHEA career.

The Wildcats opened their season with a 3-1 conference win against UConn and then shutout Quinnipac on Sunday. Junior forward Micaela Long (South Boston, Mass.) notched two points (1g,1a), including the game-winning tally. No. 10 Boston University tied both games vs. Ohio State over the weekend with a 1-1 score Friday and a 4-4 game on Saturday at Walter Brown. Pure Hockey Player of the Week Jillian Kirchner (Frankfort, Ill.) had a solid weekend for the Terriers with three points, a +3 rating and 10 shots on goal over the weekend.

No. 6 ranked Boston College tied Clarkson, 1-1, on Saturday and was defeated Friday by a 5-1 scored. Freshman goalie Corinne Boyles (Wheaton, Ill.) amassed 65 saves on the weekend, including 45 in her first collegiate start on Saturday.

Vermont also opened with a 2-1 exhibition loss to McGill University on Sunday afternoon.

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PURE HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE WEEK

JILLIAN KIRCHNER - BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Junior Forward; Frankfort, Ill.

Recorded three points on the weekend with a +3, including two points (1g,1a) on Saturday vs. OSU.

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BAUER ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

JESSICA COHEN - PROVIDENCE COLLEGE
Freshman Forward; Anchorage, Alaska

Cohen finished the weekend sweep +3 to go along with a goal and two assists in two wins against Maine.

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DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

FLORENCE SCHELLING - NORTHEASTERN
Sophomore Goaltender; Oberengstringen, Switzerland

Schelling stopped 47 of 49 shots (.959 save%) in two games this weekend.

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HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS

Lindsay Berman, NU (Sr., F, Odenton, Md.) Scored two goals (including the game-winner) and added an assist against Union on Saturday.

Corinne Boyles, BC (Fr. G, Wheaton, Ill.) Made her collegiate debut for BC against Clarkson, stopping 65 of 68 shots (.956 save%) in two games.

Jill Cardella, BU (Fr., F, Rochester, N.Y.) Netted her first career goal and assisted on Jillian Kirchner’s goal on Oct. 3 vs. OSU.

Ashley Cottrell, PC (So., F, Sterling Heights, Mich.) Scored two goals (one game winner) and had an assist in PC’s two victories over Maine.

Kayley Herman, UNH (Jr., G , Weyburn, Sask.) Stopped all 13 shots she faced to backbone UNH to a 4-0 victory against Quinnipiac.

Genevieve Lacasse, PC (So., G, Scaborough, Ont.) Made 26 saves in two victories over Maine, including a 19-save shutout on Friday.

Micaela Long, UNH (Sr., F, South Boston, Mass.) Recorded one goal and two assists to propel UNH to a pair of victories last weekend.

Brittany Ott, Maine (St. Clair Shores, Mich) Made 40 saves in her first Hockey East action (.952 save%), including 22 in the second period alone.

Casey Pickett, NU (Fr., F, Wilmington, Mass.) Was a +3 in two games this weekend and scored her first collegiate goal on Sunday vs. UConn.

Brittany Skudder, UNH (Fr., F, Plainview, N.Y.) Recorded a point (1g,1a) in both games against UConn and Quinnipiac.

CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO'S HOT?

Jessica Cohen, PC (Anchorage, Alaska) Scored her first career goal, the game-winner, in PC’s 4-0 victory Friday

Lauren Covell, PC (Akron, Ohio) Earned the first point of her career with an assist against Maine on Friday

Kristine Horn, UNH (Utica, Mich.) Tallied her first career point against Quinnipiac

Jenelle Kohanchuk, BU (Winnipeg, Man.) Has scored a point in eight of her last nine games, dating back to last season

Jenna Ouellette, MAINE (Winnipeg, MAN.) Has a point in three out of the first four games, including seven assists

Kelly Paton, UNH (Woodstock, Ont.) Has recorded a point in 11 straight games, dating back to last season

UNH’s Bryanna Farris (Carleton Place, Ont.), Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ont.), Brittany Skudder (Plainview, N.Y.) Each recorded their first career point in the season opener vs. UConn

UNH’s penalty kill Is perfect at 12-for-12 this season

TEAM NOTES

Boston College: BC opened its season against Clarkson this weekend, going 0-1-1…Freshman goalie Corinne Boyles played in the final five periods over the course of the two games, stopping 65 of 68 Golden Knight shots for a .956 save percentage…Two other Eagle newcomers earned their first collegiate points against Clarkson, with Caitlin Walsh (Franklin, Mass.) tallying an assist in game one and Blake Bolden (Stow, Ohio) netting a goal in game two…The Eagles will return home this weekend to take on Syracuse, Friday at 2pm….It will be the first ever meeting between the two teams.

Boston University: BU is now 1-0-3 lifetime against Ohio State and 1-4-5 against WCHA schools, its only win coming against OSU last season…Jillian Kirchner leads the team in scoring (1-2-3) and is +3 on the season. Kirchner is also the Terriers leading scorer against the Buckeyes, totaling seven points (2-5-7) in four career games…Melissa Anderson (Langley, B.C.) recorded an assist against OSU and remains BU’s leading active scorer with 36-58-94 points in 99 career games…The last time the Terriers recorded consecutive ties was Oct./Nov. of last year, tying No. 5 UNH, 2-2, in Durham on Oct. 30 and Providence, 3-3, at Walter Brown on Nov. 1.

University of Connecticut: In 2003-04 UConn started the conference slate with a loss And a tie, in just its second season in the Hockey East conference. After a 3-1 loss at No. 5 New Hampshire to start the season, the Huskies look forward to a pair of non-conference contests next weekend at St. Lawrence and at Clarkson. Junior Brittany Murphy (Tewksbury, Mass.) and senior Tiffany Good (Hellertown, Pa.) provided the offense for UConn in the opening weekend, each scoring once in each game. Good’s goal was the first of her career while it was Murphy’s 10th. Sophomore Alexandra Garcia (Pointe-Claire, Que.) matched her career-high save effort with 27 stops at UNH. UConn is now 2-2 in shootouts all-time after the conference loss at Northeastern. The Huskies have tied Northeastern more than any other Hockey East opponent with their sixth tie in the all-time record on Sunday.

University of Maine: Maine dropped its first two Hockey East match-ups this weekend at Providence. Jenna Ouellette now has seven assists in the first four games and leads the team with eight total points. Jennie Gallo (Castlegar, B.C.) has a team-leading five goals. The Black Bears have now killed off 18 consecutive power plays to start the season. Maine returns to action with two home games next weekend against Minnesota State , where Coach Lichterman was an assistant coach before coming to Maine.

University of New Hampshire: UNH improved to 28-3-2 in season openers – and 26- 5-2 in home openers – with its 3-1 victory against UConn…The Wildcats have a 63-0-9 record in Hockey East home games since the league’s inception…Goaltender Kayley Herman has two career assists, and both have come in shutout performances – Oct. 4 vs. Quinnipiac and Jan. 10, 2008 at Northeastern…UNH outshot the opposition 67-26 last weekend…Kristine Horn recorded a team-high five shots in both games…Six ‘Cats recorded a point against both UConn and QU.

Northeastern University: Three different Huskies recorded their first collegiate points this weekend. Rachel Llanes (San Jose, Calif.) and Casey Pickett (Wilmington, Mass.) recorded their first collegiate goals and Brittany Esposito (Edmonton, Alb.) picked up her first collegiate assist... The Huskies picked up their first shootout win since Hockey East implemented the rule prior to the 2008-09 season...The Huskies have allowed 25 shots or less in each of their last three victories dating back to last season...Kristi Kehoe has an assist in each of her last four games dating back to last season...NU beat UConn for just the second time in their last 12 meetings...The two combined goals NU allowed in their first two games were the fewest the team had allowed in the opening two games of a season since 2001-02 (back-to-back shutouts against Mercyhurst & Vermont).

Providence College: PC announced senior Colleen Martin (Woburn, Mass.) as captain and junior Jean O’Neill (Strafford, Pa.) as assistant captain last Thursday...The Friars defeated Maine this past weekend by scores of 4-0 and 2-1...This weekend marked the first time since 2000-01 that the Friars started the season with back-to-back victories...PC travels to North Country this weekend for a pair of games against ECAC teams, Clarkson (Friday) and St. Lawrence (Saturday)...Providence owns a 24-8-3 all-time record against St. Lawrence and a 3-1 record against Clarkson. All-time, the Friars own an impressive 213-81-18 record vs. ECAC teams.

University of Vermont: UVM fell 2-1 to McGill in exhibition play on Sunday night. It’s the second straight year McGill defeated the Catamounts by one goal at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Vermont opens season play on Friday by hosting Union at 7 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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