BOSTON -- Good evening and welcome inside Agganis Arena on the campus of Boston University where the No. 9/10 Terriers host Merrimack in their final game before Monday night's Beanpot Tournament. The second and final Hockey East meeting of the season between the in-state foes is set for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop.
Merrimack is 1-12-1 in 14 games since a 4-3 win over BU on Oct. 30 and looks to return to the win column in a building in which it has won just twice in 21 all-time contests.
The Terriers posted a 6-1 win over Maine last Saturday, finishing off a sweep in their first home-and-home series with the Black Bears. With a victory tonight, BU can clinch a six-win month for the first time since last March.
Senior Ahti Oksanen scored two goals and added four assists over the weekend series with Maine, earning Hockey East Player of the Week honors. Freshman Bobo Carpenter and senior Matt Lane each scored twice in Saturday's victory in which BU scored six or more goals in a game for the third time this month.
Rookie Oskar Andrén, who is skating on BU's top line with seniors Ahti Oksanen and Danny O'Regan tonight, scored his first two collegiate points with two assists on Saturday.
Merrimack extended its losing streak to nine games after falling twice to Northeastern last weekend. The skid begun on Dec. 29 at Army and is the Warriors' longest since 2006-07. Sophomore Brett Seney scored the Warriors' lone goal in a 4-1 loss at Matthews Arena on Saturday and is now carrying a three-game scoring streak.
The goal Seney scored in Friday's 5-2 loss gave Merrimack its first lead since Jan. 2 against Union. The Warriors did not have a lead in five straight games from Jan. 3-22 and have not led after two periods in each of the last 14 games.
Here are tonight's lines:
WARRIORS (7-13-5, 2-7-5)
Justin Hussar - Brian Christie - Ben Bahe
Hampus Gustafsson - Ludvig Larsson - Mathieu Foget
Jace Hennig - Brett Seney - Mathieu Tibbet
Derek Petti - Michael Babcock - Chris LeBlanc
Marc Biega - Alex Carle
Ethan Spaxman - Jonathan Lashyn
Jared Kolquist - Aaron Titcomb
TERRIERS (13-7-4, 7-4-3)
Oskar Andrén - Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson - Danny O'Regan
Jordan Greenway - Matt Lane - Ahti Oksanen
Ryan Cloonan - Bobo Carpenter - Robbie Baillargeon
Chase Phelps - Mike Moran - Tommy Kelley
Matt Grzelcyk - Charlie McAvoy
Brandon Hickey - Brandon Fortunato
Doyle Somerby - Brien Diffley