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Providence at Northeastern: Pregame Notes and Line Combinations

Pregame notes and line combinations from Matthews Arena in Boston where Northeastern looks for its third win in four games, hosting 16th-ranked Providence in a Wednesday night Hockey East clash.

Providence sophomore defenseman and Buffalo Sabres prospect Anthony Florentino
Providence sophomore defenseman and Buffalo Sabres prospect Anthony Florentino
Matt Dewkett

BOSTON -- Fresh off a marquee win over then-No. 3 Minnesota on Saturday night, Northeastern closes out a three-game homestand on this Wednesday in the Back Bay as the Huskies welcome No. 16 Providence to Matthews Arena for the first meeting this year between the Hockey East foes.

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

Junior Kevin Roy lifted NU to a 3-2 win over the Golden Gophers, its third in four games, thanks to a game-winning goal with 2:36 remaining. Roy, the reigning Warrior Hockey East Player of the Week, is in the midst of a three-game point streak with two goals and two assists during that time.

Saturday night's win was the 500th all-time for the Huskies in their venerable home barn and their first over a top-five ranked team since Oct. 13, 2012 when they defeated No. 1 Boston College.

The Friars finished off their third consecutive shutout for the first time in program history, and their fourth in the last five games, with Saturday's 1-0 win over BC at Schneider Arena. Senior Ross Mauermann's goal, his first of the season, early in the third period stood up as the game-winner for Providence.

Junior Jon Gillies, who made 43 saves against the Eagles, and sophomore Nick Ellis have combined for a 221-minute, 24-second shutout streak since conceding a goal with less than two minutes left in the first period of a 2-1 loss to Vermont on Nov. 15.

Tonight marks the first of two meetings this week between the teams as the Huskies head south to the Ocean State on Saturday. Northeastern won last year's season series with the Friars, 1-0-1, including a 3-3 tie at Matthews last Dec. 6.

Here are tonight's lines:

FRIARS (7-5-1, 5-3-0 Hockey East)

Ross Mauermann - Mark Jankowski - Trevor Mingoia
Nick Saracino - Noel Acciari - Shane Luke
Brandon Tanev - Kevin Rooney - Brian Pinho
Steven McParland - Josh Monk - Stefan Demopoulos

Kyle McKenzie - John Gilmour
Tom Parisi - Anthony Florentino
Jake Walman - Mark Adams

Jon Gillies
Nick Ellis
Brendan Leahy

HUSKIES (3-9-1, 2-5-1 Hockey East)

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

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

Clay Witt
Derick Roy
Jake Theut