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Northeastern vs. Boston University: Beanpot Pregame Notes and Line Combinations

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Northeastern and Boston University play the late game (8 p.m.) on the Beanpot's first Monday, taking to the ice at TD Garden for the first time since the Terriers won last year's championship in an overtime thriller.

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BOSTON -- Northeastern and Boston University are set to clash in Monday night's latter Beanpot semifinal, taking the TD Garden ice together for the first time since last year's tournament concluded in a thrilling overtime victory for the Terriers.

Faceoff is set for 8 p.m. The game will be televised on New England Sports Network and TSN (Canada) with Tom Caron and Andy Brickley on the call.

Like the BC-Harvard clash, both teams were victorious in the last game action before the tournament. Friday's 4-0 win over Merrimack lifted the Terriers to their first five-win month since March, while NU swept Merrimack before having this weekend off.

BU earned 5-4 and 4-1 victories when the teams played their annual Hockey East home-and-home series to begin November.

Current senior captain and defenseman Matt Grzelcyk was the hero of last year's Beanpot championship game as he scored 51 seconds into overtime to lift BU to a 4-3 win over the Huskies and its first Beanpot title since 2009.

Seniors Ahti Oksanen and Matt Lane are the Terriers' leading goal scorers with 14 each. Both scored goals in Friday's win, while Lane also chipped in with a pair of assists. Classmate Danny O'Regan netted his ninth of the season, but his 29 points lead BU overall.

The Huskies won six consecutive games to close January and are unbeaten in their last eight contests for the nation's longest current streak. NU's present winning streak is its longest in program history entering the first Monday of February.

Senior Mike McMurtry is playing some of the best hockey of his career of late, boasting a nine-game point streak, which includes four multi-point outings. McMurtry moved within four points of junior Zach Aston-Reese (7-16--23) for the team lead after his four-point weekend against Merrimack.

Captain Kevin Roy returned from injury against Merrimack and posted an assist in each game as the Huskies combined for a 9-3 series sweep. Roy scored five of NU's six Beanpot goals as a freshman in 2013, including a hat trick in a semifinal win over BU.

Here are tonight's lines:

HUSKIES (9-12-4)

Nolan Stevens - John Stevens - Zach Aston-Reese
Mike McMurtry - Adam Gaudette - Dylan Sikura
Kevin Roy - Brendan Collier - Sam Kurker
Mike Jamieson - Lincoln Griffin

Jarrett Fennell - Matt Benning
Colton Saucerman - Eric Williams
Trevor Owens - Garret Cockerill
Dustin Darou

Ryan Ruck
Derick Roy
Jake Theut

TERRIERS (14-7-4)

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

Matt Grzelcyk - Charlie McAvoy
Brandon Hickey - Brandon Fortunato
Doyle Somerby - Brien Diffley

Sean Maguire
Connor LaCouvee