BOSTON -- After skating to a 1-1 tie in North Andover, Mass. last night, No. 2/3 Boston University and No. 18 Merrimack complete their Hockey East weekend set on this Saturday evening in Boston's Agganis Arena.
Both goals in Friday night's contest came early in periods with BU junior Matt Lane's 1:37 into the third serving as the equalizer. His goal broke a scoreless streak of more than five periods for BU (101:37) as it was shut down at Dartmouth last Sunday, 2-0.
Merrimack freshman Brett Seney opened the scoring with his team-leading sixth goal of the season at 1:07 of the second. The Warriors finished with a 27-22 shots on goal advantage after coming into the night on the wrong side of that count in three straight games.
North Chelmsford, Mass. native BU freshman Jack Eichel leads the BU offense with 21 points in just 14 games but was held off the scoresheet for the third time in four games on Friday. Eichel and junior linemates Danny O'Regan and Ahti Oksanen each have eight goals to pace a balanced offensive attack which has seen contributions from 21 different players.
Seney, whose six goals and 15 points lead the Merrimack offense, is second to Eichel among Hockey East rookie scorers. The Warriors also boast two other double-digit scorers in sophomore Hampus Gustafsson (4-9--13) and junior Brian Christie (5-7--12), while freshman Collin Delia is 3-2-1 in place of injured senior Rasmus Tirronen after making 21 saves on Friday.
After last night's result, the Terriers are 27-5-4 against Merrimack since the 2004-05 season and an 81-16-8 all-time advantage.
Here are tonight's lines:
WARRIORS (10-4-2, 4-3-1)
Brian Christie - Hampus Gustafsson - Ben Bahe
Jace Hennig - Brett Seney - Mathieu Tibbet
Kyle Singleton - Clayton Jardine - Quinn Gould
John Gustafsson - Vinny Scotti - Chris LeBlanc
Jared Kolquist - Dan Kolomatis
Marc Biega - Jonathan Lashyn
Justin Mansfield - Aaron Titcomb
TERRIERS (9-3-2, 6-1-2)
Ahti Oksanen - Jack Eichel - Danny O'Regan
Evan Rodrigues - Cason Hohmann - J.J. Piccinich
Chase Phelps - Matt Lane - Nick Roberto
A.J. Greer - Mike Moran - J.D. Carrabino
Matt Grzelcyk - John MacLeod
Brandon Fortunato - Brandon Hickey
Doyle Somerby - Brien Diffley