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Notre Dame at Boston College: Pregame Notes and Line Combinations

Pregame notes and line combinations from Conte Forum on the campus of Boston College before the No. 3 Eagles host No. 18 Notre Dame in Hockey East action on Thursday night.

Jeff Jackson brings the Fighting Irish into Conte Forum for a Thursday night matchup with Boston College.
Jeff Jackson brings the Fighting Irish into Conte Forum for a Thursday night matchup with Boston College.
Matt Dewkett

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Good evening and welcome to Conte Forum on the campus of Boston College where the the No. 3 Eagles close the fall semester against No. 18 Notre Dame on this Thursday night. Faceoff in the 40th all-time meeting between the two programs is set for 7 p.m.

The Eagles scored three times in the third period en route to a 4-3 win over Northeastern on Sunday at Matthews Arena, extending their unbeaten streak to 13 games.

BC picked up three Hockey East points on the weekend after a 3-3 tie the night prior and sits just two points back of league-leading UMass Lowell with a 6-0-1 mark. The Irish boast a 5-1-2 league record, good for third place and adds up just one point shy of BC.

BC was held to less than five goals in back-to-back games for just the second time this season over the weekend, but still boasts the country's second-most potent offense averaging 4.4 goals per game.

Junior Ryan Fitzgerald leads the Eagles with 11 goals while his 21 points are two shy of team-leading freshman Colin White. Fitzgerald, a Bruins prospect, scored BC's second shorthanded goal in as many games to open its scoring on Sunday.

Notre Dame enters the contest, its first visit to Chestnut Hill since pulling a 2014 Hockey East quarterfinal upset, in the midst of a three-game winning streak. The Fighting Irish swept UMass by 3-1 and 5-1 scores with sophomore Anders Bjork scoring twice and adding an assist on the weekend.

Senior Thomas DiPauli leads Notre Dame with seven goals and 16 points on the season, but is one of six Irish players with at least 11 points thus far. In addition, the Irish have had a league-leading 18 players contribute at least one goal.

Tonight's game features two of the four Hockey East goaltenders to play at least 98 percent of his team's minutes in BC junior Thatcher Demko (99.8 percent) and Notre Dame sophomore Cal Petersen (98.7).

Here are tonight's lines:

FIGHTING IRISH (8-4-4, 5-1-2)

Mario Lucia - Steven Fogarty - Sam Herr
Thomas DiPauli - Connor Hurley - Anders Bjork
Dylan Malmquist - Jake Evans - Andrew Oglevie
Joe Wegwerth - Dawson Cook - Jack Jenkins

Dennis Gilbert - Jordan Gross
Luke Ripley - Andy Ryan
Bobby Nardella - Justin Wade

Cal Petersen
Chad Katunar
Nick Stasack

EAGLES (13-1-1, 6-0-1)

Matthew Gaudreau - Colin White - Ryan Fitzgerald
Zach Sanford - Austin Cangelosi - Adam Gilmour
Travis Jeke - Christopher Brown - J.D. Dudek
X - Peter McMullen - Chris Shero

Ian McCoshen - Casey Fitzgerald
Teddy Doherty - Steve Santini
Josh Couturier - Scott Savage

Thatcher Demko
Alex Joyce