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Northeastern at Boston College: Pregame Notes and Line Combinations

After a 1-1 tie at Matthews Arena to open the series, Northeastern heads to the other side of Boston for a 4 p.m. contest Saturday afternoon at Boston College. The game will be televised regionally on NESN and across Canada on TSN2.

Sophomore Steve Santini returns to the BC blue line for the first time since Oct. 25.
Sophomore Steve Santini returns to the BC blue line for the first time since Oct. 25.
Matt Dewkett

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Northeastern and No. 16 Boston College, fresh off a 1-1 tie at Matthews Arena last night, conclude their crosstown home-and-home series on today at 4 p.m. here inside Conte Forum. The game will be televised on NESN (and TSN2 across Canada) with Tom Caron and Craig Janney calling the action.

Entering today, both teams are in the midst of six-game unbeaten streaks over which they are 4-0-2. Bowling Green (6-0-2), Harvard (7-0-0), UMass Lowell and Providence (6-0-0) are the only teams with streaks of equal or longer length.

The biggest news of the day is the return of BC sophomore defenseman Steve Santini. The New Jersey Devils prospect missed 16 games and the World Junior Championship with a wrist injury.

Northeastern has struggled on the BC campus in recent years as it is 0-6-1 in its last seven games on Kelley Rink. The Huskies' last win in this building was on March 7, 2008, thanks to an overtime goal by Wade MacLeod.

BC sophomore Adam Gilmour extended his third point streak of the season to his longest, four games, as he tied the score with 2:15 remaining in regulation in Friday's series opener. The goal was his second in as many years to decide the contest between the teams at Matthews as he scored an overtime winner in Nov. 2013.

The Eagles outshot NU 27-19 from the second period on, recovering from a slow start to salvage a point on the road for just the second time this season in league play. With the tie, BC jumped into a fifth-place knot with Notre Dame with ten points.

NU's six-game unbeaten stretch is tied for the ninth longest in program history. The Huskies have scored 3.50 goals per-game and a national-best 11 power-play goals, including one from sophomore Mike Szmatula in the second period last night, in that span.

Here are today's lines:

EAGLES (11-7-2, 4-4-2)

Ryan Fitzgerald - Destry Straight - Austin Cangelosi
Zach Sanford - Adam Gilmour - Alex Tuch
Quinn Smith - Michael Sit - Chris Calnan
Cam Spiro - Matthew Gaudreau - Brendan Silk

Teddy Doherty - Michael Matheson
Scott Savage - Danny Linell
Noah Hanifin - Steve Santini

Thatcher Demko
Brad Barone

HUSKIES (7-10-3, 3-6-2)

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

Trevor Owens - Colton Saucerman
Mike Gunn - Matt Benning
Dax Lauwers - Garret Cockerill
(extra) Jake Schechter

Clay Witt
Derick Roy
Jake Theut