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Northeastern at Bentley: Pregame Notes and Line Combinations

Pregame notes and line combinations from John A. Ryan Skating Arena in Watertown, Mass., before Bentley hosts Northeastern in the Falcons' first-ever home game against a Hockey East opponent.

Jim Pierce

WATERTOWN, Mass. -- Welcome inside John A. Ryan Skating Arena where Bentley seeks a weekend sweep of Northeastern on this Saturday night. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. in the Falcons' first non-conference home game in three years and the first in program history against a Hockey East opponent.

The Falcons took an all-time series lead against the Huskies with a 3-2 win last night, their third in as many games at Matthews Arena since 2010. Sophomore Jayson Argue made 49 saves for Bentley while senior Andrew Gladiuk scored the second hat trick of his career with a goal in each period.

Gladiuk leads all active Division 1 players with 29 career power play goals after scoring two last night. The hat trick was the first by a Falcon since Nov. 15, 2014 when three of Gladiuk's four points against Atlantic Hockey foe Mercyhurst were goals.

The Falcons now sport a 6-8 all-time record against Hockey East teams with games scheduled against Merrimack and at Boston University and New Hampshire in November. Three of their wins have come against Northeastern while five losses have come at the hands of UMass Lowell.

Senior Colton Saucerman and junior John Stevens scored third-period goals for the Huskies, but Bentley held on for its first win of the season after being swept by Mercyhurst last weekend. Stevens is the lone NU skater with a goal in each of its first two games as he also scored the opening tally in last Saturday's 2-1 win over Colgate.

NU captain Kevin Roy assisted on Saucerman's goal for his first point of the season, moving him into sole possession of 24th on the program's all-time scoring list with 125 points.

Here are tonight's lines:

HUSKIES (1-1-0, 0-0-0 Hockey East)

Kevin Roy - Dalen Hedges - Zach Aston-Reese
Lincoln Griffin - Adam Gaudette - Sam Kurker
Nolan Stevens - John Stevens - Dylan Sikura
Michael McMurtry - Brendan Collier - Patrick Schule

Jarrett Fennell - Matt Benning
Colton Saucerman - Eric Williams
Jake Schechter - Garret Cockerill

Derick Roy
Jake Theut
Ryan Ruck

FALCONS (1-2-0, 0-2-0 Atlantic Hockey)

Andrew Gladiuk - Ryan McMurphy - Kyle Schmidt
Cody DePourcq - T.J. Dumonceaux - Danny Kucerovy
Jake Ahlgren - Drew Callin - Will Suter
Tyler Deresky - Derek Bacon - Michael Reardon

Tanner Jago - Matt Blomquist
Mike Berry - Chris Buchanan
Billy Eiserman - Charlie Donners

Jayson Argue
Gabe Antoni
Jake Bryniarski