BOSTON -- Good evening and welcome inside Agganis Arena on the campus of Boston University where the No. 10/11 Terriers begin a non-conference weekend series with No. 12 Michigan. Faceoff is set for 6 p.m.
Tonight's game is being broadcast nationally on American Sports Network, including NESN in the local market, and TSN2 in Canada. Tom Caron and Billy Jaffe will be on the call.
The Terriers and Wolverines have met for 25 previous contests in an all-time series that dates back to the 1950 NCAA semifinals, but tonight's game starts U-M's first two-game set at BU during the regular season in program history.
BU is coming off back-to-back ties against Providence last weekend, including a 3-3 Saturday stalemate here at Agganis. Freshman Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson scored two of BU's three goals in the final frame to salvage a point for the second consecutive night and extend its unbeaten streak to five games.
Connor LaCouvee made 32 saves in each bout with the Friars last weekend, earning Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors. The British Columbian sophomore will make his fifth consecutive start in the Terrier goal tonight.
The Wolverines have played just once since Halloween, defeating Niagara by a 7-3 score in Ann Arbor last Friday night. Freshman Kyle Connor helped down the Purple Eagles with the second multi-goal game of his collegiate career while classmate Brendan Warren handed out three assists.
Connor and classmate Cooper Marody are tied for the team scoring lead with nine points apiece, ranking second nationally among rookies with 1.29 goals per-game. Connor and junior Tyler Motte are the lone Michiganders with five or more goals this year.
Here are tonight's lines:
WOLVERINES (5-1-1, 0-0-0-0 B1G)
Tyler Motte - J.T. Compher - Alex Kile
Justin Selman - Cristoval Nieves - Kyle Connor
Brendan Warren - Cooper Marody - Tony Calderone
Dexter Dancs - Max Shuart
Michael Downing - Zach Werenski
Nolan De Jong - Nicholas Boka
Cutler Martin - Joseph Cecconi
TERRIERS (5-3-2, 3-2-2 Hockey East)
Ahti Oksanen - Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson - Danny O'Regan
Ryan Cloonan - Matt Lane - Jordan Greenway
A.J. Greer - Robbie Baillargeon - Bobo Carpenter
Brien Diffley - Mike Moran - Chase Phelps
Matt Grzelcyk - Charlie McAvoy
Brandon Hickey - Brandon Fortunato
Doyle Somerby - John MacLeod