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Hockey East Quarterfinal Action Opens on Friday

Feb. 28, 2013

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The #3 women’s hockey team (25-5-3, 17-2-2 WHEA) opens up postseason play on Friday night with a quarterfinal matchup against the University of Maine at Kelley Rink.  The Eagles are seeded second in this year’s Hockey East Tournament and can advance to the semifinals at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center next weekend with a win over the Black Bears.

The Eagles are coming off a two-game set at Vermont last weekend, picking up three out of a possible four points on the trip.  Vermont goaltender Roxanne Douville frustrated the Eagles with a 53-save effort in Saturday’s 1-1 tie at Gutterson Fieldhouse.  On Sunday, BC rebounded with a 4-0 win over the Catamounts on the back of Vermont native Melissa Bizzari’s two goals.

Friday will mark the first time that BC has hosted a Hockey East Quarterfinal game since tournament play began in the 2002-03 season.  Led by tournament MVP Kelli Stack’s goal and two assist performance, the Eagles captured their only Hockey East tournament crown in 2011.

Maine and BC have squared off three times this season with the Eagles sweeping the regular season series by a combined score of 23-5.  This will be the first meeting between the teams in postseason play.

In their last meeting, BC withstood three Maine power play goals and got three points from Alex Carpenter en route to a 6-3 victory at Alfond Arena on Feb. 2.  The Black Bears enter postseason play with a record of 2-6-2 in their last 10 games are led by senior Brittany Dougherty’s 32 points.  Senior netminder Brittany Ott has gotten the bulk of the duty in goal including all three starts against the Eagles this season.

The semifinals (March 9) and championship game (March 10) will be held at the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Rink at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center.

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