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Northeastern at Boston University: Pregame Notes and Line Combinations

2016 Beanpot Tournament - Semifinals Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

BOSTON — Fresh off a thrilling contest at Matthews Arena, No. 4 Boston University and Northeastern shift their annual Hockey East home-and-home series down the road Saturday night, facing off at Agganis Arena in the 229th all-time meeting between the Boston city rivals.

The teams opened the series with a 4-4 tie, splitting the points as Zach Aston-Reese scored an extra-attacker goal for the Huskies with just 55.6 seconds remaining. The senior assistant captain led NU in the series opener, scoring a goal and two assists.

BU saw a pair of impressive streaks come to an end Friday night. Junior Garret Cockerill opened the scoring for the hosts at the 6:57 mark, breaking Terrier freshman Jake Oettinger’s shutout streak at 134:14, the sixth-longest in program history.

The Huskies also became the first team this season to score more than one power-play goal against BU, going 2-for-7. Cockerill’s goal broke the Terriers’ streak of 22 consecutive kills, and was NU’s 14th of the year in the first period.

Patrick Harper contributed at least a point for the sixth time in as many games to open his collegiate career, registering an assist. The Connecticut product leads BU with nine points, including seven helpers.

Here are tonight’s lines:

HUSKIES (3-2-3, 0-1-1)

Dylan Sikura - Zach Aston-Reese - Patrick Schule
Matt Filipe - Adam Gaudette - Lincoln Griffin
Biagio Lerario - Brendan Collier - Sam Kurker
Grant Jozefek - Tanner Pond - John Picking

Ryan Shea - Garret Cockerill
Jeremy Davies - Eric Williams
Trevor Owens - Garrett Cecere

Ryan Ruck
Jake Theut

TERRIERS (3-2-1, 0-0-1)

Kieffer Bellows - Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson - Bobo Carpenter
Patrick Harper - Clayton Keller - Jordan Greenway
Patrick Curry - Ryan Cloonan - Nick Roberto
Oskar Andren - Johnny McDermott - Tommy Kelley

Chad Krys - Charlie McAvoy
Brandon Hickey - Dante Fabbro
Doyle Somerby - John MacLeod

Jake Oettinger
Connor LaCouvee
Max Prawdzik