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Eagles, Wildcats Set to Meet for Two-Game Series

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The No. 4/4 Boston College women’s hockey team is set to play a home-and-home series against New Hampshire this weekend. The teams will meet at 2 p.m. on Friday at Kelley Rink before a 7 p.m. tilt on Saturday at the Whittemore Center.
 
Friday’s contest between the Eagle and Wildcats will air live on NESN. All Hockey East games this season will be made available across the U.S. and internationally on SportsLive, while all games televised on NESN and NESN+ and other select matchups will also be made available on CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports app outside of New England. 
 
GAME 4 | New Hampshire at No. 4/4 Boston College
Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 | 2:00 P.M.
Kelley Rink | Chestnut Hill, Mass. | NESN
 
GAME 5 | No. 4/4 Boston College at New Hampshire
Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 | 7:00 P.M.

Whittemore Center | Durham, N.H. | SportsLive
 
WHAT’S ON TAP
• No. 4/4 Boston College and New Hampshire will play a home-and-home series this weekend … the Eagles fill host the Wildcats on Friday afternoon before heading to the Whittemore Center on Saturday night.
• The Eagles enter the weekend at 3-0-0 while the Wildcats are 0-3-1.
• BC played a single game last weekend, earning a 2-1 road win at Merrimack … New Hampshire fell at Providence, 3-1, and tied Boston University, 3-3.
• Friday’s tilt will air on NESN while Saturday’s will be on College SportsLive.
 
ABOUT NEW HAMPSHIRE
• New Hampshire enters the weekend at 0-3-1, with all four contests coming against Hockey East foes.
• The Wildcats opened up the season with a home-and-home against Boston University, dropping both contests (4-2 and 5-0) … last weekend, UNH played a single game at Providence on Friday, falling 3-1, before battling BU to a 3-3 overtime tie (and winning in a shootout).
• Kira Juodikis leads UNH with three points on three goals while three other Wildcats have also found the back of the net.
• Ava Boutilier has played the majority of the minutes between the pipes, going 0-3-0 with a 3.74 goals against average and .889 save percentage … Nicky Harnett started in the 3-3 tie against BU to sit at 0-0-1 on the year with a 2.77 goals against average and .850 save percentage.
• The Wildcats finished last season with an overall record of 7-14-1 and a mark of 6-13-1 in Hockey East play … UNH advanced to the Hockey East Tournament quarterfinal round, falling to eventual-champion Northeastern.
 
SERIES NOTES
• Friday’s meeting will be the 76th all-time meeting between Boston and New Hampshire since the Eagles elevated to varsity status in 1994-95.
• The Eagles took both meetings last year … in the first game of the 2020-21 season in Durham on Nov. 20, 2020 in a 6-2 win, Gaby Roy scored four goals … the next day at Kelley Rink, Jillian Fey scored the game-winning goal while Hannah Bilka had a short-handed tally.
• The teams’ first-ever meeting came in the Eagles’ inaugural varsity season of 1994-95, with UNH winning 8-1 at Kelley Rink.
• The Eagles’ first win against UNH came on Nov. 5, 2005, when BC earned a 3-2 overtime win against a fifth-ranked Wildcats squad.
Kelly Browne is the team’s active scoring leader against New Hampshire with 11 points on seven goals and four assists … Browne recorded the program’s 11th four-goal game in a 5-2 win over UNH on Nov. 1, 2019 … it was the first career hat trick for Browne.
Gaby Roy has four career goals against UNH, all coming in the program’s 12th-ever four-goal game in a 6-2 win on Nov. 20, 2020.
• Bilka (1-4-5), Willow Corson (2-3-5) and Roy (4-1-5) are the second active leading scorers against UNH.
Kelly Pickreign’s first career win came on the back of her 18-save performance in a 7-1 win at Kelley Rink on Feb. 8, 2019.
Katie Crowley is 24-14-4 in her career against New Hampshire.
 
A WIN ON FRIDAY WOULD . . .
• Give Boston College an overall mark of 27-43-6 in the all-time series with New Hampshire and a mark of 16-21-2 at Kelley Rink,
• Move BC’s all-time program record to 483-356-80.
• Give head coach Katie Crowley an overall record of 339-119-51.
 
LAST TIME OUT
• The Eagles played a single game last weekend, earning a 2-1 win at Merrimack in the Hockey East opener for both squads.
Katie Pyne’s first career goal gave BC a 1-0 lead in the first period and then Willow Corson’s first of the year made it 2-0 midway through the second … Merrimack cut the deficit in the third period but BC shut the Warriors down the rest of the way.
Abigail Levy made 34 saves in the win … Sidney Fess picked up her first collegiate point with an assist on Corson’s goal … Fess and Alexie Guay both finished the game with one assist and two blocked shots.
 
OPENING UP 2021-22 ON THE ROAD
• The Eagles opened up the 2021-22 season with a pair of games at Penn State and came away with a pair of 2-1 wins.
• In the season-opener on Sept. 30, Gaby Roy gave BC a 1-0 lead early in the second but Penn State forced overtime where Abby Newhook’s first career goal gave the Eagles the win … Abigail Levy made 36 saves for the win.
• On Friday, Penn State struck first before Caroline Goffredo’s first career goal and Hannah Bilka’s fifth career game-winner gave BC the 2-1 win … Levy finished with 33 saves in the win.
• Ten different players registered a point for BC on the weekend.
Alexie Guay was named Hockey East Defender of the Week after tallying an assist on Newhook’s OT game-winner, four shots, a plus-2 rating and four blocked shots.
Keri Clougherty, who led BC with five blocked shots on the weekend, picked up her first career point with an assist while Jenna Carpenter also had her first career point with a helper.
 
A BIT OF BC BACKGROUND
• In 2020-21, the BC went 14-6-0 overall and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament … the sixth-seeded Eagles faced third-seeded Ohio State in the quarterfinal round, falling 3-1.
• BC finished the year ranked seventh in both national polls.
• BC went 14-4-0 in Hockey East play to finish second in the standings and host a Hockey East playoff for the ninth consecutive year.
Kelly Browne (7-14-21) returns after tying for the team lead in points last year, with her 14 assists leading the Eagles, ranking fourth in Hockey East and tying for 10th in the nation … the two-year captain was a Hockey East First Team All-Star.
• In all, the Eagles return three of the top five and seven of the top 10 scorers from last year … Third Team All-Star Hannah Bilka (7-9-16) and All-Rookie honoree Gaby Roy (5-3-8) return after earning league honors during the 2020-21 season.
• In goal, Abigail Levy is back after going 6-4-0 with a 1.77 goals against average, .944 save percentage and two shutouts … Levy along with Maddy McArthur (5-1-0, 2.55, .921) and Kelly Pickreign (3-1-0, 1.76,…

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