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Massachusetts at Boston University: Pregame Notes and Line Combinations

Pregame notes and line combinations from Agganis Arena on the campus of Boston University where the No. 11 Terriers host Hockey East foe UMass on Saturday night.

Matt Grzelcyk had a goal and an assist in his return to the BU lineup on Thursday night.
Matt Grzelcyk had a goal and an assist in his return to the BU lineup on Thursday night.
Matt Dewkett

BOSTON -- Good evening and welcome inside Agganis Arena on the campus of Boston University where the No. 11 Terriers are set for their first home game in over a month, hosting UMass in a Hockey East battle on Saturday night. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m.

BU jumps back into league play after an exciting 6-5 win at Harvard the other night in which it scored four goals in the third period, including a pair from senior assistant captain Danny O'Regan. Senior Ahti Oksanen handed out two assists in the contest before his game-winning goal with 1:49 remaining in regulation.

The Terriers have won three of their last four games after handing Quinnipiac its first loss of the season to close the first half on Dec. 12. BU would secure its second three-game win streak of the season with a victory tonight.

UMass triumphed at Army West Point for its first win since Nov. 7 one week ago, but dropped a 3-2 decision to Yale in a second consecutive overtime contest on Tuesday. The Minutemen fell to the No. 12 team in the country despite goals by sophomores Patrick Lee and Dominic Trento in the third period to tie the game at 2-2.

Senior Shane Walsh leads the Minutemen with 13 goals on the season, including one each in four in his last five games. Walsh, a native of nearby West Roxbury, Mass., and sophomore Dennis Kravchenko (who is not dressed for a second consecutive game) are tied for the team lead with 18 points apiece.

Tonight marks the 73rd all-time meeting between the two programs with BU holding a 13-2-2 edge here at Agganis. BU scored 17 goals in two games against the Minutemen a year ago, winning 8-1 in Amherst to open the season and 9-5 at home on Jan. 30.

Here are tonight's lines:

MINUTEMEN (7-9-4, 2-4-4)

Ray Pigozzi - Steven Iacobellis - Shane Walsh
Patrick Lee - Kurt Keats - Austin Plevy
Keith Burchett - Anthony Petrella - Dominic Trento
Riley McDougall - Ryan Badger - Maddison Smiley

Ben Gallacher - Callum Fryer
William Lagesson - Ivan Chukarov
Brennan Baxandall - Jake Horton

Alex Wakaluk
Nic Renyard

TERRIERS (10-6-3, 4-3-2)

Ryan Cloonan - Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson - Danny O'Regan
Jordan Greenway - Matt Lane - Ahti Oksanen
Nikolas Olsson - Bobo Carpenter - Robbie Baillargeon
Chase Phelps - Mike Moran - Oskar Andren

Matt Grzelcyk - Charlie McAvoy
Brandon Hickey - Brandon Fortunato
Doyle Somerby - John MacLeod

Sean Maguire
Connor LaCouvee
Max Prawdzik