Vermont at Northeastern: Line charts and pregame notes

Mike McMurtry carries the puck up ice against UMass Lowell at Fenway Park last Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. - Matt Dewkett (mrd-photos.com)

Picked to finish ninth and 11th, respectively, Vermont and Northeastern have exceeded expectations so far this season.

Boston, Mass. -- Northeastern hosts Vermont on Friday night for the first of a two-game series this weekend between the two clubs. In a little bit of an oddity tonight's game will count towards the Hockey East standings while tomorrow's contest will go down as an out-of-conference game. League teams were left scrambling to fill voids in the schedule once Notre Dame joined the conference and Hockey East went from 27 to 20 league games.

Northeastern defeated Vermont, 3-0, last month in Burlington at the Gutterson Fieldhouse despite being outshot, 44-24. Clay Witt was phenomenal and the Huskies capitalized on their chances while the Catamounts whistled some good opportunities just wide.

Both teams come have been stellar since the end of November. The Huskies are 7-1-3 since Nov. 22 while the Catamounts are 8-2-2 in the same stretch. UVM's only two losses are against Northeastern and last weakend at red hot Colgate.

Clay Witt will get the nod between the pipes for Northeastern while Brody Hoffman gets the start for Vermont. Let's check out the line combinations for each team tonight.

VERMONT

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Brendan Bradley
Chris McCarthy
Mario Puskarich
Tom Forgione Jonathan Turk
Pete Massar
Connor Brickley Jake Fallon Brady Shaw
H.T. Lenz Matt White Colin Markison

Left Defense Right Defense
Rob Hamilton Michael Paliotta
Nick Luukko Nick Bruneteau
Caylen Walls Yvan Pattyn

Goaltenders
Brody Hoffman
Mike Santaguida
Pat Feeley

NORTHEASTERN

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Kevin Roy
John Stevens
Braden Pimm
Zach Aston-Reese
Mike Szmatula
Torin Snyderman
Mike McMurtry
Dalen Hedges
Adam Reid
Ryan Belonger
Tanner Pond
Nathan Ferriero

Left Defense Right Defense
Mike Gunn John Manson
Dax Lauwers
Matt Benning
Dustin Darou Colton Saucerman

Goaltenders
Clay Witt
Derick Roy
Bryan Mountain

Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting, NHL Draft prospects and the AHL for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.

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