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Connecticut at Boston College: Pregame Notes and Line Combinations

Pregame notes and line combinations before Boston College hosts UConn on the ice for the first time from Kelley Rink at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. on Saturday night.

Matt Dewkett

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Good Saturday evening everyone and welcome inside Kelley Rink at Conte Forum on the campus of Boston College. UConn, led by Jerry York's former assistant and associate head coach Mike Cavanaugh, is set for its first-ever road encounter with the No. 19 Eagles with puck drop set for 7 p.m.

Tonight marks the only contest of the weekend for both sides as BC was a 2-1 winner over Merrimack on Wednesday night and UConn fell to Notre Dame last Sunday, 6-1, in Bridgeport, Conn.

The Huskies have collected three wins and a tie in their six games since the start of 2015, including a 2-0 win over then-No. 6 UMass Lowell on Jan. 10. Freshmen Spencer Naas and Kasperi Ojantakanen have led the team with seven points apiece in the eight games that have followed the holiday break.

Sophomore Chris Calnan scored his fourth game-winning goal of the year for BC on Wednesday night as it improved to 26-0-3 in 29 home games against Merrimack since Oct. 1997. In addition, freshman Noah Hanifin registered an assist on Adam Gilmour's opening goal to extend a four-game point streak.

UConn was a 1-0 winner over the Eagles in the first all-time meeting between the teams on Nov. 5, 2014 at Hartford's XL Center. BC transfer Evan Richardson scored the only goal in that game (and has tallied two points in his last four games to date), while sophomore Rob Nichols pitched a 35-save shutout.

Here are tonight’s lines:

HUSKIES (7-11-5, 4-5-2)

Evan Richardson - Shawn Pauly - Trevor Gerling
Spencer Naas - Kasperi Ojantakanen - Will Golonka
Cody Sharib - Ryan Tyson - Patrick Kirtland
Joona Kunnas - Brent Norris - Joey Ferriss

Ryan Segalla - Jacob Poe
Kyle Huson - Johnny Austin
Derek Pratt - David Drake

Rob Nichols
Tom Comunale
Steve Thulin

EAGLES (14-8-2, 7-5-2)

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

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

Thatcher Demko
Brad Barone
Brian Billett