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Merrimack at Boston College: Pregame Notes and Line Combinations

Fresh off a weekend home-and-home sweep of Quinnipiac, No. 14 Merrimack visits Chestnut Hill for a Wednesday night Hockey East contest at No. 19 Boston College. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on NESN.

The Warriors are riding high after a weekend home-and-home sweep of ECAC foe Quinnipiac.
The Warriors are riding high after a weekend home-and-home sweep of ECAC foe Quinnipiac.
Matt Dewkett

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Good Wednesday evening everyone and welcome inside Kelley Rink at Conte Forum on the campus of Boston College where tonight the No. 19 Eagles host No. 14 Merrimack in the first Hockey East meeting between the teams this season.

Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on NESN with Tom Caron and Craig Janney on the call.

The Eagles hold a commanding 63-21-5 advantage in the all-time series, including an unbeaten record in their last 27 home games against Merrimack. Since Merrimack's win in Chestnut Hill on Oct. 31, 1997, BC is 25-0-2 when hosting the Warriors.

Merrimack has won three of four games to begin this calendar year, including a weekend home-and-home sweep of Quinnipiac in its last action. With the win, the Warriors improved to a perfect 5-0-0 against ECAC foes this season.

Freshman Brett Seney, whose 21 points in as many games are second in Hockey East rookie scoring to BU's Jack Eichel, scored a two-goal game for the first time in his career as the Warriors earned a 3-1 road win over the Bobcats on Saturday night at High Point Solutions Arena.

Senior Rasmus Tirronen (1.94) and freshman Collin Delia (1.83) are one of just two Division 1 goaltending pairs (along with Vermont's Brody Hoffman and Mike Santaguida) with goals-against averages below 2.00.

BC enters the game on extremely short rest after it saw its eight-game unbeaten streak (6-0-2) come to an end on Sunday with a 4-2 loss at Maine. The Black Bears jumped off to a 2-0 lead in the second period before senior Michael Sit and sophomore Ryan Fitzgerald brought the Eagles within one on multiple occasions in the third.

Sit's goal at Maine was his first of the season and the sixth of his career, while freshman Noah Hanifin registered an assist for a third straight game. Sophomore Thatcher Demko has made at least 25 saves in each of his last eight outings, totaling 26 in Sunday's loss.

Here are tonight's lines:

WARRIORS (13-6-2, 4-4-1)

Brian Christie - Hampus Gustafsson - Ben Bahe
Jace Hennig - Brett Seney - Chris LeBlanc
Kyle Singleton - Clayton Jardine - Quinn Gould
John Gustafsson - Vinny Scotti - Mathieu Tibbet

Jared Kolquist - Dan Kolomatis
Marc Biega - Jonathan Lashyn
Craig Wyszomirski - Justin Mansfield

Rasmus Tirronen
Collin Delia
Joe Pantalone

EAGLES (13-8-2, 6-5-2)

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

Teddy Doherty - Michael Matheson
Noah Hanifin - Ian McCoshen
Scott Savage - Steve Santini

Thatcher Demko
Brad Barone
Brian Billett