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Hockey East season preview posted at From The Point

by Joshua Kummins

After Boston College breezed to their fourth national championship in school history in 2009-10, the question for the upcoming campaign is if Hockey East can claim its fourth national championship in a row? As always, parity is a plenty in the conference and the new season is upon us.

Here is my outlook on the conference this season, ordered by my regular season predictions:

2010-11 Hockey East Season Preview: Writing the ride to Minneapolis

Stay tuned for more from Hockey East media day later on this afternoon. An October look-ahead and weekend preview will be posted before Friday.

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Hockey East to make debut on BSU18 in 2010-11

by Joshua Kummins

With the unofficial start of the new college hockey season just five days away, I think this is the perfect oppurtunity to announce that I will be providing Hockey East coverage for BSU18 for the first time ever. To get your Hockey East fix, head on over to “the official Hockey East blog of BSU18,” Hockey East From the Point at www.hefromthepoint.wordpress.com. You can also follow my Twitter account, www.twitter.com/joshuakummins, for the latest updates.

The regular season gets underway next Friday night, October 8, but we will be covering exhibition action this weekend. On Saturday, we will be at historic Matthews Arena where the Northeastern Huskies will take on the Acadia University Axemen, while we get our look at defending national champion Boston College on Sunday as they take on the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.

Hockey East media day is this Wednesday at the TD Garden, so check From The Point that afternoon for the release of the pre-season polls, composite television schedule and Joe Concannon Media Award winner. I will post my comprehensive season preview this week, along with a look ahead to weekend action.

I will post some weekly notes in preparation for the weekend ahead on Monday or Tuesday nights, while after each game night, a Hockey East update will be posted. Each month, look for a monthly release that announces the conference award winners, news from around the league, and what’s ahead in the next month.

Stay tuned as we embark on the journey to the Frozen Four in Minneapolis. From The Point and BSU18 will be there every step of the way, so come along for the ride!

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Defending champion Boston University tabbed first in Women’s Hockey East pre-season poll

by Joshua Kummins

Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna announced that defending Women’s Hockey East champion Boston University was selected first in the 2010 WHEA pre-season poll on Monday afternoon. The poll was released at the beginning of the season-opening media teleconference with the eight league coaches this morning.

The Terriers, led by sixth-year head coach Brian Durocher, were predicted first in the poll for the first time in school history, after winning the league championship and advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals last season. BU earned 55 total points and garnered six of the eight first place votes. All-Star defender Tara Watchorn returns, while former New Hampshire all-star Jenn Wakefield will be a transfer.

Sitting six points back was archrival Boston College, the team earning 49 points and the remaining pair of first-place votes. The Eagles will be helped by the return of two-time conference Player of the Year Kelli Stack and starting goaltender Molly Schaus, who helped lead Team USA to a silver medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Defending regular-season champion Providence was predicted third with 42 points and will return all but three contributors from last year’s squad. Goaltender Genevieve Lacasse and forward Ashley Cottrell, both WHEA all-stars, will return to the Friars for this season.

Fourth-ranked New Hampshire garnered 35 points, but will have to replace two of the top scorers in program history, Kelly Paton and Micaela Long. Sophomores Kristina Lavoie and Kristine Horn are the top returning scorers for UNH, while all-conference defender Courtney Birchard returns for her final season.

Head coach Dave Flint returns to Northeastern, who was picked fifth (one point behind UNH) in the poll. Flint is coming off a leave of absence from assistant coaching duties with USA Hockey in the 2010 Olympics. Senior Kristi Kehoe and sophomore Brittany Esposito are the will lead the offense, while Florence Schelling returns in goal.

Junior goaltender Alexandra Garcia returns to Connecticut after leading the WHEA in goals against average last season. The Huskies were chosen sixth by the coaches with 31 points.

Vermont and Maine round out the poll again with 20 and 14 points, respectively. Top scorers Celeste Doucet and Kailey Nash return to the Catamounts, who will have to replace starting goaltender Kristen Olychuck. First-year head coach Maria Lewis will lead the Black Bears into the new season after an assistant coaching stint at the University of North Dakota.

The ninth season of Women’s Hockey East opens in Orono on Friday afternoon when the Black Bears open a two-game series with Sacred Heart at Alfond Arena. The conference opener takes place on Saturday, October 2, when Connecticut hosts New Hampshire.

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