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Junior Chris Connolly had two goals and three assists for the Terriers
Boston, Mass. - Junior Chris Connolly and freshman Charlie Coyle combined for nine points, including a hat trick from Coyle in his Terrier debut, as the Boston University men's ice hockey team recorded a 9-3 exhibition victory over Toronto on Saturday evening at Agganis Arena. The Terriers will open the regular season at the Warrior Ice Breaker Tournament on Oct. 8-10 in St. Louis.
The Terriers scored three goals in each period and reeled off seven straight tallies after trailing, 3-2, late in the first period. BU held a dominating 54-18 advantage in shots and broke an Agganis Arena record for goals scored in a game by lighting the lamp nine times.
Coyle tallied three goals - in three different situations (even-strength, power play, shorthanded) - and an assist, while Connolly put up two goals and three helpers, two of which directly set up Coyle markers. Their linemate, senior Joe Pereira, and freshman Adam Clendening each turned in a three-assist performance.
BU also got two points each from sophomore Ben Rosen (1g, 1a) and junior Andrew Glass (2a). Junior Kevin Gilroy and sophomores Ross Gaudet and Ryan Santana each scored one goal.
Toronto was paced by Robert Kay and Byron Elliott, as each tallied a goal and an assist. Kyle Ventura scored the visitors' first goal.
Senior Adam Kraus and junior Grant Rollheiser split time in goal with Kraus recording eight saves on 11 shots and Rollheiser stopping all seven shots he faced. Andrew Martin turned in a 45-save performance for the Varsity Blues.
After Gaudet gave the Terriers on the board first 8:14 into the contest, the Varsity Blues responded by recording three of the next four goals, beginning with back-to-back power-play tallies just over a minute apart.
Connolly scored his first goal with 10 seconds left in the opening period to make it a 3-3 affair heading into the first intermission.
Santana, Coyle and Rosen all scored even-strength goals in the middle period. It marked the first time Santan and Rosen scored a goal in a BU uniform.
Connolly kept the momentum going with a power-play tally at 6:37 of the third before Coyle capped his hat trick with a shorthanded tally at 9:26. Gilroy turned in the ninth BU tally with 3:02 left in regulation.
The 14th-ranked Terriers will take on No. 15 Wisconsin in their season opener in St. Louis for the first round of the Warrior Ice Breaker Tournament on Friday (Oct. 8) at 9:30 p.m. ET. BU will face either Notre Dame or Holy Cross on Sunday (Oct. 10).