BOSTON, Mass. - Thanks to goals from freshmen Nick Roberto and Tommy Kelley, the Boston University men's ice hockey team posted a 2-1 victory over St. Francis Xavier in an exhibition game at Agganis Arena on Saturday night.
The game-winner came at 17:07 of the final period when Kelley's shot from the top of the zone went off a defender's stick and over the right shoulder of SFX goaltender Drew Owsley. Sophomore Matt Grzelcyk made an initial pass to Roberto, who then found Kelley to earn his second point of the game with the assist.
Roberto opened the scoring for the Terriers late in the first period on a power play at 15:27 when he knocked the puck past X-Men goaltender Drew Owsley's right skate on a second effort in front of the net. Freshman Robbie Baillargeon and sophomore Danny O'Regan were credited with the assists on the play.
The X-Men were quick to respond, tying the contest less than two minutes later on a power play of their own. Rob Slaney scored with assists coming from Josh Day and Michael Kirkpatrick, who slid the puck up the left side to Slaney's stick.
Despite the Terriers leading in second-period shots by an 18-7 margin, the score remained tied entering the third.
All three Terrier goaltenders saw a period of playing time with sophomore Sean Maguire leading things off with an eight-save first period. Senior Anthony Moccia stopped all seven shots he faced in the second while making his BU debut and sophomore Matt O'Connor was busy in the third, turning back 16 shots to earn the win. Owsley registered 43 saves for the X-Men in an impressive performance.
BU, which held a 45-32 shot advantage, had eight penalties on the night for a total of 16 minutes while SFX had 10 for 20 minutes. The Terriers went 1-for-9 on the man-advantage and killed off six of the X-Men's seven power-play opportunities.
The Terriers will open their regular season with a Hockey East tilt next Friday (Oct. 11) when Massachusetts visits Agganis Arena for a 7:30 p.m. start.