2015-16 Team-by-Team Previews: Maine Black Bears

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Head Coach: Richard Reichenbach (3rd Season)
2015-16 Captains: Emilie Brigham (C), Abbey Cook (C) Eve Boissonneault A), Brooklyn Langlois (A)

2014-15 Season Recap

Record: 10-20-3 (9-11-1 WHEA/4th place)
Hockey East Postseason: Conference quarterfinals; swept by Connecticut in best-of-three quarterfinal series

The Black Bears began the season with two straight wins, beating New Hampshire in conference play and then earning an overtime win against Robert Morris. They settled for the split the next day against the Colonials, and picked up a tie in their next series against Mercyhurst before getting swept by Quinnipiac. Against Boston University on Oct. 25, they split their series with a big 4-2 upset win, which sparked a three-game unbeaten streak that saw Maine tie Connecticut and shut out Northeastern, 1-0.

They dropped two more in nonconference action against Brown and then split with Providence, losing game two in overtime. The Black Bears swept Vermont but were overmatched by Boston College the following weekend, losing by a score of 8-1. Their troubles in out-of-conference play continued against Union as they were unable to earn a win against the Dutchwomen, suffering a loss and then settling for a tie. They started off January with a loss to BU and a win over the Friars, and then came away winning the season series against Northeastern with a 4-2 win on Jan. 25.

The weekend after that, Maine picked up a 3-0 shutout win over New Hampshire, but that would unfortunately prove to be their last victory of the 2015-16 season. The Black Bears dropped their last six games of the regular season, but still clinched the fourth seed and home-ice advantage for the Hockey East quarterfinals. They drew Connecticut in that series, and the Huskies officially ended Maine’s season with the sweep in the first round of the playoffs.

After an excellent junior season for the Black Bears, goaltender Meghann Treacy was named a Hockey East First Team All-Star. Head coach Richard Reichenbach was a top-three finalist for the league’s Coach of the Year award, and defender Kelsey MacSorley earned Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star accolades as well.

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2015-16 Team-by-Team Previews: Boston College Eagles

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Head Coach: Katie King-Crowley (9th Season)
2015-16 Captains: Alex Carpenter (C), Dana Trivigno (A), Andie Anastos (A)

2014-15 Season Recap

Record: 34-3-2 (20-0-1 WHEA/1st place)
Hockey East Postseason: Conference runner-ups; swept Providence in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs to advance to the semifinals, defeated UConn in the semifinal match-up, lost to Boston University in the Hockey East Tournament championship game
NCAA Tournament: Advanced to Frozen Four with win vs. Clarkson, eliminated by Harvard in national semifinal

With the return of Alex Carpenter from a stint with the U.S. Olympic Team completing quite the all-star line-up, expectations were as high as ever for the Eagles last season. They responded by posting their best record in program history, notching 34 wins, and were largely the national favorite for much of the season. Their offense was on display right away in a big 10-2 win vs. Syracuse to start the season, and though they would tie with St. Lawrence in their next series, they then went on nothing short of a tear, putting together a 23-game win streak that wasn’t snapped until Feb. 10.

Boston College forward Haley Skarupa (BC Athletics Communications)
Boston College forward Haley Skarupa (BC Athletics Communications)

Over that stretch, BC handily took down its opponents; the team won by more than two goals in all but eight of those games. They defeated the likes of Cornell and Harvard, whom they routed, as well as Boston University and Quinnipiac, during that span. Unfortunately, their winning streak was snapped at one of the worst times, as they lost their first game of the season to Harvard in the Beanpot Tournament championship game.

The Eagles picked up right where they left off of after that, winning their next four contests by a combined score of 21-1. In their last game of the regular season, they had to settle for a 2-2 tie against the Terriers, who they faced again four games later in the Hockey East Tournament title game. Boston College’s hopes of a conference championship were dashed as BU skated away with the 4-1 victory. BC, though, was still very much in the running for a national title, and advanced to the Frozen Four after a 5-1 win over Clarkson in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. They faced Harvard again in the national semifinals, and the dream season officially came to an end as they could not muster up enough offense against the Crimson and fell, 2-1.

Carpenter highlighted many good individual performances for the Eagles in 2014-15. Named the 2015 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner, Carpenter was also tabbed as the Hockey East Player of the Year, the New England Division I Player of the Year, the Hockey East scoring champion, and a First Team All-American. Coach Katie King-Crowley won both Hockey East and New England Division I Coach of the Year, and senior defenseman Emily Pfalzer was named the conference’s Best Defenseman. Joining Carpenter and Pfalzer as a Hockey East First Team All-Star was rookie defender Megan Keller.

Freshman goaltender Katie Burt, junior defender Lexi Bender, and junior forward Haley Skarupa were all recognized as Hockey East Second Team All-Stars. Skarupa, Carpenter, Pfalzer, and Bender were all named New England Division I All-Stars as well. BC had three representatives on the Hockey East All-Rookie team, with Burt, Keller, and forward Tori Sullivan getting recognized there.

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2015-16 Team-by-Team Previews: Boston University Terriers

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Head Coach: Brian Durocher (11th Season)
2015-16 Captains: Kayla Tutino (C), Sarah Lefort (A), Dakota Woodworth (A)

2014-15 Season Recap

Record: 25-9-3 (15-5-1 WHEA/2nd place)
Hockey East Postseason: Conference champions; advanced to semifinals with quarterfinal series win vs. Vermont, defeated Northeastern in the semifinal game, defeated Boston College in the championship game
NCAA Tournament: Eliminated by Wisconsin in the NCAA quarterfinals

It was expected to be a big year for Boston University, as Canadian Olympic legend Marie-Philip Poulin made her return to the line-up for her final season. They started off with a win on the road against St. Cloud State, and then fell to Minnesota in a rematch of the 2013 national championship game. The Terriers bounced back with a big road sweep over Clarkson, the defending national champions, before settling for a split with Maine. Over their next six games, BU won one and lost one against Northeastern, tied with Yale, defeated New Hampshire, and swept UConn in a home-and-home.

BU then played to a 1-1 tie with Harvard in non-conference action before jumping on a four-game win streak. In their first game back after the new year, the team lost games to Boston College and Cornell over a three-game stretch that also saw them defeat Maine. Wins against Northeastern and Quinnipiac followed suit before Vermont upset the Terriers in a 2-0 shutout victory. Boston University rebounded from that with a big 9-2 win the next day.

In the Beanpot semifinals, the Terriers were routed by Harvard, falling to the Crimson in very disappointing fashion, 9-2. They won their consolation game against Northeastern the following week, and headed into their final weekend of the regular season on a four-game winning streak. On that last weekend, BU took on the Eagles and fell 5-0 before tying them, 2-2.

The Terriers started off the Hockey East tournament with two big wins over Vermont in the quarterfinal round, dominating the Catamounts by scores of 8-1 and 7-2. Against Northeastern in the semifinals, Boston University beat the Huskies for the fourth time on the season to advance to the title game against BC. In that championship match-up, the Terriers handed Boston College just its second loss all year to take home its fourth Hockey East title in a row. They headed into the NCAA Tournament on a high after that, but Wisconsin silenced their hopes in the quarterfinals, skating away with a 5-1 win.

Poulin was named a Top-3 Finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, as well as a First Team All-American, a unanimous Hockey East First Team All-Star, Hockey East’s Best Defensive Forward, and the Hockey East Tournament MVP. Poulin and teammates Shannon Doyle and Sarah Lefort were all named New England Division I All-Stars, and freshman Victoria Bach was named the Hockey East Rookie of the Year. Doyle, Lefort, and Kayla Tutino all were honored as Hockey East Second Team All-Stars, and Rebecca Leslie was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team along with Bach.

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2015-16 Team-by-Team Previews: Providence Friars

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Head Coach: Bob Deraney (17th Season)
2015-16 Captains: Lexi Romanchuk (C), Courtney Kukowski (A), Brittney Thunstrom (A), Lauren Klein (A)

2014-15 Season Recap

Record: 6-25-4 (5-15-1 WHEA/8th place)
Hockey East Postseason: Conference quarterfinals; swept by Boston College in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs

The Friars had a very rough start to the 2014-15 season, and didn’t pick up their first win until Nov. 15 against Northeastern. They went their first 13 games without a win, posting a 0-10-3 record over that span. They tied Syracuse, Union, and Connecticut, and then finally earned a 4-1 win over the Huskies to break the slide. After two more losses to Northeastern and Maine, Providence was able to secure a 2-1 overtime win against the Black Bears on Nov. 23.

The team then faltered in the Mayor’s Cup against Brown, losing by a score of 2-1, but bounced back the next day with a 4-1 win over the Bears. The Friars headed into the winter break after suffering losses to New Hampshire and Boston University, but began the new year on a three-game unbeaten streak, tying Rensselaer and defeating New Hampshire twice in a home-and-home series.

After a loss to Maine, Providence picked up a 4-1 win against UConn on Jan. 24, and that would prove to be the team’s last victory of the season. The Friars ended the regular season on an eight-game losing streak; they were able to push Northeastern in a 2-1 overtime loss but that was really their only result of note to end the year. In the Hockey East quarterfinals, they were swept handily by Boston College, losing by scores of 6-2 and 8-0.

After the season, senior forward Beth Hanrahan was named the winner of the Hockey East Sportsmanship Award. At the team’s end-of-year banquet, Hanrahan was named Providence’s Most Valuable Player, as well as the Captain’s Award winner. Junior defender Lexi Romanchuk took home Unsung Hero honors, goaltender Allie Morse was the recipient of the Seventh Player Award, and sophomore defender Lauren Klein took home Most Improved Player honors. Senior Haley Frade was recognized with the Coaches Award, and Frade shared the honor of the Academic Award with Sarah Bryant.

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2015-16 Team-by-Team Previews: Vermont Catamounts

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Head Coach: Jim Plumer (4th Season)
2015-16 Captains: Sarah Kelly (C), Gina Repaci (C)

2014-15 Season Recap

Record: 15-19-2 (6-14-1 Hockey East/7th place)
Hockey East Postseason: Conference quarterfinals; swept by Boston University in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs

The Catamounts started off the year with a hefty non-conference slate, and they upset North Dakota in their very first game before losing to Bemidji State. Over the rest of those non-conference games, which included series against Rensselaer, RIT, and Union, Vermont posted a 3-1-1 record, before starting off Hockey East competition with a 6-0 win against Connecticut. The Catamounts then lost two straight before sweeping Syracuse in a pair of high-scoring games.

After that, the team hit a little bit of a slide, losing six straight contests, including series to Northeastern and Maine and a game against Boston University. They started off 2015 with a sweep in non-conference action over Colgate, but had a tough time again after, going 1-6-0 in their next seven games. Vermont was better to end the regular season, beating Providence three times and going 4-1-1 in their last six regular season games. The Catamounts weren’t so bad overall, with 15 wins on the year, but their record against Hockey East teams really hurt them in the league standings. They drew Boston University in their quarterfinal series and were swept handily by the Terriers, losing by scores of 8-1 and 7-2.

After the season, forward Dayna Colang was named a Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star. 12 UVM players were named Hockey East All-Academic Team honorees, including Colang, and freshman forward Kourtney Menches was named a Hockey East Top Scholar-Athlete.

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2015-16 Team-by-Team Previews: Northeastern Huskies

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Head Coach: Dave Flint (8th Season)
2015-16 Captains: Unannounced – Kendall Coyne (C) in 2014-15

2014-15 Season Recap

Record: 14-17-5 (11-8-2 Hockey East/3rd place)
Hockey East Postseason: Conference semifinals; advanced to semifinals with quarterfinal series win vs. New Hampshire, eliminated by Boston University in semifinals

Even with 2014 U.S. Olympian Kendall Coyne back in its lineup last season, Northeastern got off to a slow start, going 2-5-3 from its season opener on Oct. 10 until a win against Boston University on Nov. 11. The team’s first six games were against Syracuse, Mercyhurst, and Robert Morris, all non-conference College Hockey America opponents, and the Huskies won just one of those games, against the Lakers on Oct. 17. They then dropped a decision to Boston University, and finally picked up their second win on Oct. 30 vs. New Hampshire.

After losing three of their next four, albeit winning a big one against the Terriers, Northeastern finally put together a win streak, defeating Providence and then sweeping Vermont. The Huskies then took on three straight ECAC opponents in Harvard, Union, and Dartmouth, and lost to all three; besides a tie against Providence, they would go on to lose six of their next seven games following that series with the Catamounts. After a loss to BU on Jan. 18, Northeastern stood at 6-12-4 on the season.

Things picked up more towards the end of the season for the Huskies. After splitting with Maine and losing in the Beanpot semifinals to Boston College, they earned an overtime win against Providence. They dropped the Beanpot consolation game to BU the next week, but went undefeated in their last four games of the season, beating and tying Connecticut and then sweeping New Hampshire. Northeastern met the Wildcats again in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs, and after losing game one, the team won the next two to clinch the series and advance to the semifinals. There, the Huskies played the Terriers for the fifth time on the year, and had their season ended in a 6-1 loss to the eventual Hockey East champs.

Three different Northeastern skaters collected all-conference honors. Rookie Denisa Krizova was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team, while junior Kendall Coyne was named a First Team All-Star and sophomore defender Heather Mottau was named an Honorable Mention All-Star. Coyne also earned a nod as a Second Team All-American, the second such honor of her career, and was voted to the New England Division I All-Star Team.

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2015-16 Team-by-Team Previews: New Hampshire Wildcats

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Head Coach: Hilary Witt (2nd Season)
2015-16 Captains: Sara Carlson (C), Heather Kashman (A), Cassandra Vilgrain (A)

2014-15 Season Recap

Record: 10-23-3 (6-13-2 Hockey East/2nd place)
Hockey East Postseason: Conference quarterfinals; eliminated in quarterfinal series by Northeastern

The Wildcats picked up a couple of non-conference wins early, beating RIT and Rensselaer within their first six games, but they then dropped five straight, including two against Hockey East foes Northeastern and Boston University. After earning a 5-1 win against Vermont on Nov. 8, New Hampshire entered a tough stretch with series against Boston College and Wisconsin and another game against BU. That put the team in the midst of a five-game skid, but they picked up a win against Providence on Dec. 5 to close out 2014.

The Wildcats began 2015 with another three losses but then put together a three-game win streak, sweeping UConn on the road and defeating Penn State in a non-conference match-up. They split with Maine the following weekend, and after a loss to the Terriers, they gained four of six points in a game against Connecticut and a series against the Catamounts.

New Hampshire closed out the regular season with an unfortunate sweep at the hands of Northeastern, whom the squad would face in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs. As the No. 6 seed, the Wildcats upset the Huskies in the first game, 2-1, behind a 40-save performance from goaltender Ashley Wilkes. They were unable to close out the series, however, dropping the next two pivotal games, which effectively eliminated them from the Hockey East Tournament.

At the team’s annual awards banquet in the spring, sophomore Jonna Curtis took home team MVP honors. Senior defenseman Jess Ryan was named the club’s top defensive player, and junior captain Sara Carlson earned New Hampshire’s seventh player award for the second straight season. Rookie defender Amy Schlagel was tabbed as most improved, and senior forward Brenna Boulanger won the inaugural Blue Line Club Award, given to the player “who most exhibits the spirit and positive culture of the past, present, and future of the UNH women’s ice hockey program”. You can read more from the team awards release here.

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