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New Hampshire at Merrimack: Pregame Notes and Line Combinations

Pregame notes from Merrimack College's J. Thom Lawler Arena before the No. 17 Warriors host New Hampshire in a Hockey East clash on Halloween night.

Dick Umile and the UNH Wildcats visit Merrimack Saturday night.
Dick Umile and the UNH Wildcats visit Merrimack Saturday night.
Matt Dewkett

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- Happy Halloween evening and welcome inside J. Thom Lawler Arena on the campus of Merrimack College where the Warriors look to remain unbeaten as they host New Hampshire in a Hockey East conference matchup.

Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast worldwide on ESPN3 as well as WBIN locally.

The Warriors are coming off a big 4-3 win over Boston University last night in which they scored twice each in the first and second periods and held on to enter the win column for the first time this year in Hockey East play.

Freshman Ethan Spaxman's first goal as a Warrior came in a big spot, with 4:30 left in the second period, and stood up as the game-winner. Senior Ben Bahe scored just 48 seconds into the game and finished the night with a career-high three points.

Merrimack remains one of just two teams in the nation with a perfect penalty kill (18-for-18) through at least five games. Collin Delia is a big reason for the Warriors' success as he ranks second among the nation's sophomore goaltenders with a .943 save percentage and first with a 1.37 goals against average.

UNH has had a week off since its last action but scored four goals in the last two periods en route to a 5-2 win at Union exactly a week ago. Junior Tyler Kelleher scored a goal and two assists in the game and continues to lead the nation with 1.60 assists per-game over his first five.

The Wildcats surrendered four third-period goals and salvaged a 6-6 tie last Friday at UMass, but senior Dan Correale leads the team with five goals in as many games after notching his first career hat trick against the Minutemen. Kelleher assisted on all three of the alternate captain's four goals in the stalemate and is one of just three Division 1 players with eight assists this year.

Here are tonight's lines:

WILDCATS (2-2-1, 0-0-1 Hockey East)

Collin MacDonald - Kyle Smith - Maxim Gaudreault
Dan Correale - Andrew Poturalski - Tyler Kelleher
Jamie Hill - Ara Nazarian - Chris Miller
Jason Salvaggio - Richard Boyd - Marcus Vela

Matias Cleland - John Furgele
Dylan Maller - Matt Dawson
Harry Quast - Dylan Chanter

Adam Clark
Danny Tirone
Jamie Regan

WARRIORS (3-0-2, 1-0-2 Hockey East)

Justin Hussar - Brian Christie - Ben Bahe
Jace Hennig - Brett Seney - Mathieu Tibbet
John Gustafsson - Hampus Gustafsson - Chris LeBlanc
Craig Wyszomirski - Michael Babcock - Alfred Larsson

Marc Biega - Jonathan Lashyn
Matt Cronin - Aaron Titcomb
Jared Kolquist - Ethan Spaxman

Colin Delia
Joe Pantalone
Drew Vogler