Boston College Hockey Hosts the Merrimack Warriors Friday

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The streak was ended. On the 31st try, Merrimack ended a significant streak last year on Feb. 10, 2017. The Eagles were 27-0-3 against the Warriors at Kelley Rink and and had that unbeaten stretch halted between the Beanpot last season when Merrimack skated away with a 6-3 triumph. Now, the Kelley Rink record against Merrimack stands at 27-1-3.

It has been a different story in North Andover as Merrimack skated to a 2-2 draw against Boston College in the first meeting of the season on Oct. 25, 2016 last year. In the last 10 games at Lawler Rink, Merrimack is 4-3-3 against the Eagles. All-time, the Eagles possess a 65-22-7 overall mark against the Warriors. Merrimack head coach, Mark Dennehy, a former Eagle under Len Ceglarski, started off his career against Jerry York winless in his first 19 meetings. York posted a 17-0-2 mark against Dennehy's club until he obtained the elusive first win over his alma mater on Nov. 1, 2009, in North Andover. In all, York is 30-5-5 against Dennehy. MC has only defeated BC twice in the last 13 encounters. It occurred on Feb. 15, 2013 when Conor Toomey scored an overtime game-winning power play goal with 31 seconds left in overtime in North Andover and the 6-3 win on The Heights last February.

Friday's showdown at Kelley Rink will be a big bout for clubs as both Boston College and Merrimack look to get off the schneid. Merrimack is 1-4-2 while BC is 1-5-1. The Warriors won their first game of the season in their most recent outing, defeating Massachusetts, 5-3, at home on October 28. With the win, Merrimack snapped its longest winless stretch to start a season with a win in its seventh outing; the only other time a Merrimack team went winless in its first six games was in 1976-77, but that team went on to finish 23-11-1 and won the ECAC Championship. Seniors Jace Hennig (3-3-6) an Jared Kolquist (2-4-6) lead the MC offense. Merrimack is averaging 2.29 goals per game which is 50th in the NCAA and surrendering 3.86 goals defensively, slotting the Warriors in 54th in college hockey. Merrimack has struggled significantly on the penalty kill, stopping only 20-of-31 (64.5 percent) of opponents' power play opportunities (58th).

It's no secret Boston College has skated off to a rough 1-5-1 start, but the Eagles, by far, had the toughest non-conference schedule in the country. In October, combined, BC's opponents went 23-6-3 and are currently ranked No. 1 (Denver), No. 2 (St. Cloud State), No. 6 (Providence), No. 7 (Wisconsin) and No. 11 (Quinnipiac), respectively. The Eagles look to turn the page on October and turn things around in conference play.

Boston College's power play might not stack up with the nation's best just yet, but the Eagles are relying on the power play and converting more often than not when given the opportunity. Boston College has scored four of its seven goals on the power play this season and scoring at least one power play goal in four of its seven initial outings. Overall, the Eagles are 4-of-27 (14.8 percent) on the power play which is tied for 44th nationally. Jacob Tortora, Graham McPhee, Logan Hutsko and Christopher Brown have accounted for the PPGs so far this season.

The Boston College freshmen class of 2017-18 has stepped up in a big way in the opening month of the season. The Eagles have accounted for 35 points through the first three games of the season and the rookie class has notched 32 percent (4-7-11) of those points. Logan Hutsko scored his first goal as an Eagle in power play fashion on Oct. 20 at St. Cloud and leads the rookies with four points (1-3-4). Christopher Grando is one of three Eagles with a pair of goals while Jacob Tortora scored BC's first tally of the season with the game-tying power play marker against Quinnipiac on Oct. 6.

Junior captain Christopher Brown scored his first power play goal of the season on Saturday against No. 1 Denver. The Bloomfield Hills, Mich. native has accounted for three power play goals in his time at BC and is now tied for seconds in career goals (with Casey Fitzgerald) with 11 scored. Brown is one of four Eagles (Graham McPhee, Casey Fitzgerald, Christopher Grando) with two goals this season.

Mike Booth and Casey Carreau helped out on the Eagles' opening marker at Providence, denoting their first points of the season. For Carreau, it marked his first-career point while Booth notched his fifth-career assist.

Boston College is being led offensively by junior defenseman Casey Fitzgerald (2-3-5) through the opening month this season. He scored the Eagles' lone game-winning goal in overtime at Providence on Oct. 15 and is currently tied for 45th amongst all other defensemen in scoring (0.71 points per game) in college hockey.

Sophomore defenseman Connor Moore scored his first goal of the season with 4:30 to play in the first period. The Cumming, Ga. native now has two career goals and logged 16 points (2-14-16) total in 47 games on the blue line.

The Eagles' defensive corps has surrendered 3.57 goals per game, slotting it 49th nationally and eighth at the conference level. Boston College has held its opponents to three goals or fewer in four of its first seven outings.