BOSTON -- Northeastern looks to defeat No. 4 Boston University for a second consecutive night for the first time on program history as the Beantown rivals shift their regular season-ending series to Matthews Arena for a Saturday night game.
The 8 p.m. contest will be televised on New England Sports Network (starting after Boston Bruins coverage) with Alex Faust and Patrick Foley on the call.
Six different players lit the lamp on Friday as the Huskies successfully sought Beanpot revenge with a 6-5 win at Agganis Arena. NU scored three goals on 20 shots in a dominant first period and eventually held on despite three goals in the final two minutes of periods by the Terriers.
With last night's result, the Hockey East regular-season title is still up for grabs. BU can clinch it with just a point gained (or one lost by second-place Boston College at Notre Dame) tonight.
Sophomore Dalen Hedges has posted points in ten of the last 12 games after scored the game-winning goal and added an assist last night, while his classmate John Stevens extended an eight-game point streak with two assists. Junior Kevin Roy, the first Husky to reach the 40-point plateau in two consecutive seasons since Jordon Shields in 1994-95 and 1995-96, posted a winning assist.
BU senior assistant captain Evan Rodrigues scored his second hat trick in seven games with a goal in each period of the defeat. Rodrigues is the nation's leading scorer since the start of the 2015 calendar year with 12 goals and 31 points, while Roy ranks second with 13 goals and as many assists.
Things look a bit different in the BU lineup with junior Ahti Oksanen moving back to defense for the first time this season. Sophomore forward Robbie Baillargeon and freshman defenseman John MacLeod are not in the lineup and sophomore Tommy Kelley enters the fourth line for just his fourth game.
Here are tonight's lines:
TERRIERS (20-7-5, 13-5-3)
Evan Rodrigues - Jack Eichel - Danny O'Regan
Nikolas Olsson - Cason Hohmann - J.J. Piccinich
A.J. Greer - Matt Lane - Nick Roberto
Chase Phelps - Mike Moran - Tommy Kelley
Matt Grzelcyk - Ahti Oksanen
- Brandon Fortunato
- Brien Diffley
HUSKIES (16-13-4, 11-8-2)
- Dalen Hedges - Mike McMurtry
Zach Aston-Reese - Mike Szmatula - Torin Snydeman
Nolan Stevens - John Stevens -
X - -
Dustin Darou - Matt Benning
Trevor Owens - Colton Saucerman
Dax Lauwers - Garret Cockerill