CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Good evening and welcome inside Kelley Rink at Conte Forum on the campus of Boston College where the No. 4 Eagles host Hockey East rival New Hampshire in their Friday night pre-Beanpot championship contest.
Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. Tonight is "Jerry York Night" as BC will celebrate its 22nd-year head coach in a pre-game ceremony. York became the first coach in NCAA history to win 1,000 career games on Jan. 22 at UMass.
The Eagles are coming off a 3-2 win over Harvard in this past Monday night's Beanpot semifinal opener at TD Garden. Freshman Colin White scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in his first-ever Beanpot game, while classmate Casey Fitzgerald and sophomore Zach Sanford also found the back of the net for BC.
The BC offense is one of just four in college hockey and the only one in Hockey East with an average of four or more goals per-game this season.
White remains the Eagles' leading scorer with 16 goals and 35 points, already one of six BC skaters with 20 or more points through just 24 games. He is in the midst of a four-game point scoring streak, which includes three multi-point efforts.
UNH continues a daunting stretch with its fourth straight game against a top-ten nationally ranked opponent. The Wildcats will make it five in a row tomorrow night at eighth-ranked UMass Lowell.
The Wildcats snapped their seven-game losing streak and handed Providence its first home loss of the season with a 3-1 win on Saturday night. Senior Kyle Smith scored a career-high two goals, while Dan Correale scored the winning goal 38 seconds into the second period.
Sophomore Danny Tirone enjoyed a banner week against the Friars, allowing just three goals on 72 shots en route to earning Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors. He made 31 saves in the Saturday victory.
Sophomore Andrew Poturalski was held to just one assist in each game last weekend, while junior linemate Tyler Kelleher totaled just one goal and one assist. Poturalski is the second-leading scorer in all of college hockey with 19 goals and 41 points, while Kelleher's 30 helpers are tops in the nation.
Here are tonight's lines:
WILDCATS (9-13-4, 3-7-4)
Dan Correale - Andrew Poturalski - Tyler Kelleher
Maxim Gaudreault - Kyle Smith - Marcus Vela
Shane Eiserman - Michael McNicholas - Jamie Hill
Jason Salvaggio - Ara Nazarian - Chris Miller
Matias Cleland - Cameron Marks
Dylan Maller - Richard Boyd
Harry Quast - John Furgele
EAGLES (18-4-4, 10-1-4)
Matthew Gaudreau - Colin White - Ryan Fitzgerald
Teddy Doherty - Zach Sanford - Alex Tuch
Adam Gilmour - Austin Cangelosi - Christopher Brown
Peter McMullen - J.D. Dudek - Travis Jeke
Ian McCoshen - Casey Fitzgerald
Michael Kim - Steve Santini
Josh Couturier - Scott Savage
Chuck Van Kula