CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Good evening and welcome inside Kelley Rink at Conte Forum on the campus of Boston College where the No. 3 Eagles are set to host Massachusetts in Tuesday night's lone Division 1 college hockey game.
Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. in the 75th all-time meeting between the two programs. BC swept last year's home-and-home series by a combined 9-4 score.
The Eagles allowed a goal for the first time since Oct. 11, but beat Denver in thrilling fashion for their fourth straight victory on Friday night. Junior Matthew Gaudreau notched his first goal and point of the season, batting a loose puck home out of a scramble in front, to secure the 4-3 win.
BC is off to its best defensive start in program history, having allowed just six goals in as many games to begin the season. Bruins prospect Danton Heinen's first of two Friday goals for the Pioneers snapped Thatcher Demko's shutout streak at 206:02, but the junior's 21 stops were still enough for the victory.
UMass split two games at the Capital City Classic in Trenton, N.J., this past weekend, most recently dropping a 6-1 decision to Yale for its first loss this season. Senior Shane Walsh, a native of nearby West Roxbury, Mass., scored Saturday's lone goal for the Minutemen, a night after notching two points in a 5-4 overtime win over Maine.
Walsh, whose six goals lead the team, is one of three Massachusetts natives on the Minuteman roster. Junior defenseman Marc Hetnik (Chestnut Hill) and sophomore forward Mike Iovanna (Middleton) also represent the Commonwealth at its flagship institution.
Here are tonight's lines:
MINUTEMEN (4-1-1, 0-0-1 Hockey East)
Austin Plevy - Dennis Kravchenko - Dominic Trento
Ray Pigozzi - Steven Iacobellis - Shane Walsh
Keith Burchett - Joseph Widmar - Kurt Keats
Michael Iovanna - Ryan Badger - Maddison Smiley
William Lagesson - Callum Fryer
Ben Gallacher - Marc Hetnik
Carmine Buono - Ivan Chukarov
EAGLES (5-1-0, 0-0-0 Hockey East)
Miles Wood - Austin Cangelosi - Chris Calnan
Zach Sanford - Adam Gilmour - Alex Tuch
Matthew Gaudreau - Colin White - Ryan Fitzgerald
Travis Jeke - Christopher Brown - J.D. Dudek
Ian McCoshen - Casey Fitzgerald
Teddy Doherty - Steve Santini
Josh Couturier - Scott Savage