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Providence at Boston College: Pregame Notes and Line Combinations

Pregame notes and line combinations before No. 12 Providence and No. 14 Boston College commence a key Hockey East matchup, their second of the season, on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

Providence forward Ross Mauermann scored the game-winner when the two teams met Nov. 29 at Schneider Arena.
Providence forward Ross Mauermann scored the game-winner when the two teams met Nov. 29 at Schneider Arena.
Matt Dewkett

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- No. 12 Providence makes its first visit to Kelley Rink in more than a year as it takes on No. 14 Boston College in a crucial Hockey East matchup on Friday night.

Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in the second meeting of the season between the teams. The Friars will go for the sweep after their 1-0 win on Nov. 29 at Schneider Arena, a game in which junior Jon Gillies made 43 saves and senior Ross Mauermann scored the game’s lone goal in the third period. The teams have not met in Chestnut Hill since Jan. 10, 2014.

BC swept its pair of league games last week with a 2-1 win over Merrimack on Wednesday and a 3-2 decision against UConn on Saturday. Sophomore Ryan Fitzgerald scored BC's first hat trick of the season in the latter contest, helping the Eagles to a 8-1-1 mark since Dec. 6.

Thatcher Demko had to make just 41 saves on 44 shots in last week's two games, 22 on 23 shots to beat the Warriors last Wednesday and 19 on Saturday.

In addition, tonight marks junior captain Michael Matheson's 100th game as an Eagle. He registered two assists on Saturday to run his career total to 49.

The Eagles are 42-17-3 in games immediately preceding the Beanpot Tournament, which begins on Monday. BC begins the road to its sixth straight trophy against Northeastern, the team it beat 4-1 for last year's championship.

PC enters tonight’s game off a home-and-home sweep of UMass Lowell, its first over the River Hawks since Nov. 2005. The weekend concluded with a 4-1 home win last Saturday in which freshman defenseman and Blues draftee Jake Walman scored the first goal of his career.

Junior Noel Acciari led the team with five points in the weekend sweep and has seven goals and 14 points in his last nine games. He was named Hockey East Player of the Week for his efforts, which included a goal and two assists in Friday's 7-3 win at Tsongas Center.

Here are tonight’s lines:

FRIARS (16-8-1, 8-5-0)

Stefan Demopoulos - Ross Mauermann - Brian Pinho
Steven McParland - Kevin Rooney - Brooks Behling
Shane Luke - Mark Jankowski - Trevor Mingoia
Nick Saracino - Noel Acciari - Brandon Tanev

John Gilmour - Kyle McKenzie
Tom Parisi - Anthony Florentino
Jake Walman - Mark Adams

Jon Gillies
Nick Ellis
Brendan Leahy

EAGLES (15-8-2, 8-5-2)

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

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

Thatcher Demko
Brad Barone
Brian Billett