BOSTON -- It's shaping up to be a big Sunday afternoon at Boston University's Agganis Arena as the top spot in Hockey East will be on the line in a 2 p.m. matinee contest between the host No. 2 Terriers and No. 6 UMass Lowell.
BU's six-game unbeaten streak (3-0-3) was snapped with a 4-2 loss to Boston College on Friday night, but it remains two points back of the River Hawks and a point ahead of Vermont in the league standings entering the game.
The Terriers dug themselves into a 3-0 hole after two periods of play before juniors Danny O'Regan and Matt Lane scored BU's 38th and 39th third-period goals of the season to make it a game. The season-high 41 shots on goal allowed were ultimately too much to overcome as BU fell for the fourth time this season.
Friday night's 2-0 win at Maine was UML's second consecutive, third in January and seventh in its last eight games. Junior Adam Chapie provided all the offense the River Hawks would need in Orono, scoring 8:38 and 9:56 into the first period, while Kevin Boyle stopped all 24 shots he faced in his third shutout of the season.
BU's Jack Eichel and UML's C.J. Smith are two of just six Division 1 freshmen leading their respective teams in scoring. Eichel's 32 points, which include 22 assists, are tied for for most in the country with Robert Morris senior Cody Wydo. Seven of Smith's 18 points are goals as he is one of 21 River Hawks to find the back of the net this year, a mark which ranks second in the nation to St. Lawrence.
UML is 6-0-1 over its last seven meetings against the Terriers, a team it hasn't lost to since Feb. 17, 2012 at Tsongas Center. Today is the 103rd all-time meeting between the teams with BU holding a 68-25-9 advantage.
Here are tonight's lines:
RIVER HAWKS (15-4-3, 8-1-2)
C.J. Smith - Joe Gambardella - Adam Chapie
A.J. White - Evan Campbell - Ryan McGrath
Robert Francis - Michael Fallon - Michael Louria
John Edwardh - Ryan Collins - Terrence Wallin
Zack Kamrass - Tyler Mueller
Jake Suter - Chris Forney
Dylan Zink - Michael Kapla
TERRIERS (12-4-4, 7-2-2)
Evan Rodrigues - Jack Eichel - Danny O'Regan
Ahti Oksanen - Robbie Baillargeon - Nikolas Olsson
A.J. Greer - Matt Lane - Cason Hohmann
Chase Phelps - Mike Moran - Nick Roberto
Matt Grzelcyk - John MacLeod
- Brandon Fortunato
- Brien Diffley