The UMass Minutemen have been inching their way up from the bottom of the Hockey East standings, posting back-to-back wins over UMass Lowell last weekend. They'll face a tougher test, however, in the week ahead.

The Minutemen will take on the Northeastern Huskies next Friday on NESN, and they face a challenging test against the solid Huskies backed by sophomore goaltender Chris Rawlings.

Rawlings posted back-to-back shutouts for Northeastern, earning victories over Vermont and Harvard over the past week. With the Huskies' established play in front of the net, Northeastern will be a tough team to beat.

Check out the entire preview of next Friday's Hockey East matchup in the video above with John Chandler and Brendan Walsh.