Five Things That Happened in Hockey East, October 14th Edition

1. Weekly award winners: Vermont senior forward Amanda Pelkey took home Warrior Player of the Week honors after a fantastic third-period showing against RPI on Friday, assisting on the tying goal and then scoring twice to give UVM a two-goal lead and a 4-2 win. New Hampshire’s Amy Boucher was named Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week after scoring against Syracuse in a 2-2 tie and putting up seven shots on the weekend. Teammate Vilma Vaattovaara was named Defensive Player of the Week, posting a 0.96 goals-against average and .972 save percentage and stopping 70 of 72 shots on the weekend. The full release can be found here.

2. Alex Carpenter is back with Boston College: And the Boston Globe had a really nice feature on the U.S. Olympian and 2013 All-American forward. After a silver-medal finish in Sochi and a 70-point sophomore campaign in 2012-13, Carpenter looks poised for a big year. She’s currently leading the country with 2.33 points per game.

“She has certainly gotten stronger, probably mentally and physically,” said Crowley. “That [Olympic tryout] tour and going through what she went through is not an easy thing to do, especially when they don’t have the team picked and you’re trying to make the team. She’s a phenomenal player with the work ethic and she truly is the first one out on the ice working on her shot. She is never finished. She is also one of our leaders and she is going to bring that leadership on the ice that she was able to experience last year.”

3. Vaattovaara was featured in Wildcat Roundup: The University of New Hampshire featured the women’s hockey goaltender in this week’s Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight. Vaattovaara, a native of Veikkola, Finland, has started five games so far this year and notched her first career shutout against RIT with a 32-save performance.

4. Maine earned a tie against Mercyhurst: The Black Bears skated to a 2-2 tie against the Lakers, who were ranked No. 7 coming into this weekend’s series. Maine was backstopped by goaltender Maria Fujimagari and her 39 saves in the contest.

5. Northeastern tied twice this weekend: The Huskies played to a stalemate against two CHA opponents this weekend, tying Syracuse 1-1 in their season opener and then tying RIT 2-2. The results are disappointing for a team that is trying to work its way into the NCAA Tournament picture; they’ll need to see some improved results if they hope to do that, after not receiving any votes in Monday’s USCHO.com poll.

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