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Minnesota at Northeastern: Pregame Notes and Line Combinations

Pregame notes and line combinations from Northeastern University's Matthews Arena where the Huskies host third-ranked Minnesota for a Saturday night Big Ten/Hockey East Challenge clash.

Northeastern welcomes Minnesota to historic Matthews Arena on Saturday evening.
Northeastern welcomes Minnesota to historic Matthews Arena on Saturday evening.
Matt Dewktt

BOSTON -- After a 6-2 win at Boston College on Friday, No. 3 Minnesota heads across town for a Saturday night contest to conclude its first weekend visit in Boston since 2005. For the first time since Nov. 13, 1987, Northeastern will host the Golden Gophers at historic Matthews Arena.

Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. The game can be streamed live for free on GoNUxstream.com with Rob Rudnick and Robbie Vrolyk on the call.

Sophomore Vinni Lettieri scored his first two goals of the season on Friday night while senior Adam Wilcox made 24 saves to help the Gophers elevate to 4-0 against three different Hockey East opponents (9-1-1 since the start of 2012-13) and win their first true road game this season.

13 Minnesota skaters, including brothers sophomore Connor and juniors Mike and Ryan Reilly, recorded points against the Eagles. The game marked the first time all three Reilly brothers scored points in the same game in their careers.

Minnesota holds the all-time series edge over Northeastern at 8-5-0, but hasn't won in three prior visits to Matthews Arena. In their last meeting on Dec. 31, 2011, the Huskies won the Mariucci Classic title in Minneapolis with a 3-2 win over the home-standing Gophers.

NU won for the second straight Saturday last weekend, posting a 3-1 decision over Merrimack to split a Hockey East weekend. First-period goals by sophomores John Stevens and Dalen Hedges lifted the Huskies while senior Clay Witt made saves on 24 of 25 shots, including nine in the second period.

Here are tonight's lines:

GOLDEN GOPHERS (8-3-0, 0-0-0-0 B1G)

Taylor Cammarata - Kyle Rau - Hudson Fasching
Sam Warning - Justin Kloos - Conor Reilly
Leon Bristedt - Vinni Lettieri - Seth Ambroz
Ryan Reilly - Christian Isackson

Brady Skjei - Ryan Collins
Mike Reilly - Michael Brodzinski
Ben Marshall - Jake Bischoff
Steve Johnson

Adam Wilcox
Nick Lehr

HUSKIES (2-9-1, 2-5-1 Hockey East)

Kevin Roy - Dalen Hedges - Mike McMurtry
Zach Aston-Reese - Mike Szmatula - Torin Snydeman
Nolan Stevens - John Stevens - Ryan Rosenthal
Dylan Sikura - Brendan Collier - Adam Reid

Jarrett Fennell - Colton Saucerman
Dax Lauwers - Garret Cockerill
Dustin Darou - Matt Benning

Clay Witt
Derick Roy
Jake Theut