BOSTON UNIVERSITY DROPS 6-4 DECISION TO ST. FRANCIS XAVIER
BOSTON, Mass. - A third-period rally fell short as Boston University scored four consecutive goals but could not complete the comeback in a 6-4 exhibition loss to St. Francis Xavier on Saturday night at Agganis Arena.
The Terriers faced a 5-0 deficit entering the third period, but behind two goals from junior forward Wade Megan, BU pulled within one at 5-4 before an empty-netter by the visitors in the waning seconds sealed the Terriers' fate.
Ten Terriers in all recorded a point. Sophomore Ben Rosen and freshman Alexx Privitera each recorded a goal while seven others earned an assist. Senior goaltenders Kieran Millan (12 saves) and Grant Rollheiser (7 saves) each saw time between the pipes, with Rollheiser coming in to relieve Millan at the start of the third period.
BU did not allow a 5-on-5 goal all evening, but SFX dominated on special teams, scoring twice both shorthanded and on the man advantage while also scoring in a 4-on-4 situation. The X-Men had six different scorers on the night.
The visitors jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead just over eight minutes into the game and then scored twice at 14:00 and 19:40 of the second to take a commanding advantage heading into the second intermission.
Rosen got the Terriers on the board with a shot from just inside the blueline that eluded SFX netminder Joseph Perricone at 6:03 of the third.
Privitera got in on the scoring when he gathered a deflected pass by senior Chris Connolly and sent it in to make it a 5-2 affair with 7:47 left in regulation.
Things got interesting when Megan converted consecutive goals just 86 seconds apart. The junior roofed a nice backhand past Perricone at the right crease at 15:52 to cap an odd-man rush started by classmate Sean Escobedo.
Moments later, Megan punched in a puck at the goalmouth following a pass from junior Alex Chiasson behind the net to cut the deficit to a single goal.
The Terriers pulled Rollheiser to gain an extra attacker in the final minutes and generated a handful of scoring opportunities, including a rocket from the left circle by Chiasson that forced Perricone to react quickly. The X-Men, however, hung on and added an empty-netter with 1.4 seconds left on the clock.
BU held a 37-25 advantage in shots that included an 18-8 margin in the final period. The Terriers came up empty on all seven of their power-play chances while SFX went 2-of-5 with the man advantage.
The Terriers will officially open their 2011-12 season next Saturday (Oct. 8) when they host No. 12 New Hampshire in an 8 p.m. start.