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No. 5 Eagles and No. 10 Huskies Meet in Top-10 Matchup

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – No. 5 Boston College opens a Hockey East home-and-home series with No. 10 Northeastern on Thursday (Feb. 20) at 7 p.m. at Matthews Arena on NESN. The series concludes at Kelley Rink on Friday (Feb. 21) at 7 p.m. on NESN and NESNplus (beginning at 8 p.m. during Bruins coverage). Both games can be heard on WEEI 850 AM and BC sits sixth in the Pairwise rankings for the 2020 NCAA Tournament while Northeastern ranks ninth.

• BC (12-6-0) is tied with UMass (11-6-2) for first place in Hockey East with 24 league points
• The Eagles hold the tiebreaker on the Minutemen by virtue of a 2-1-0 head-to-head record
• Northeastern is tied with Providence for sixth place, just three points back with 21
• The Eagles and Huskies are tied for the least number of league games played (18)
• Only five points separate first from ninth place in the conference with three weekends remaining

• A win on Thursday night would give Boston College 20 wins for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons
• It would also mark the 20th time that Jerry York has won 20 or more games during his BC tenure
• The Eagles are looking for their 16th 20-win campaign in the last 18 years under York
• Boston College's streak of nine straight 20-win seasons was snapped last year
• That streak began with the 2009-10 NCAA Championship team

• Boston College swept Merrimack last weekend in a home-and-home series for four key Hockey East points
• Trailing 1-0 after one on Friday at Lawler Rink, seniors Luke McInnis and Ron Greco netted goals in the second to put BC ahead for good; senior Zach Walker assisted on both tallies for his second career multi-point performance
• On Saturday in Chestnut Hill, rookies Alex Newhook and Matt Boldy combined for four goals and eight points in a convincing 6-2 win to complete the weekend sweep
• Newhook (2-3-5), Boldy (2-1-3) and classmate Mike Hardman (0-2-2) combined for 10 points and a plus-11 rating as a unit
• Freshman defenseman Mitch Andres also collected his first career point with an assist
Spencer Knight stopped 53 of the 57 shots he faced for a .