Sunday, October 2, 2011

BU Comeback Isn't Enough, St. Francis Takes It

Unfortunately, I was unable to make it to the rink for the first half of the game, but I'll do my best to report on this one.

On the way to Agganis, I was reading the Boston Hockey Blog's live blog of the game, so here goes nothing.

Freshman, Alexx Privitera (6) celebrates after his third
period goal.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)

BU fell behind early in the first on a shorthanded goal by SFX's Bryce Swan just 1:45 into the first period. Three minutes later, the X-Men found the back of the net again on Brennan Wray's four on four goal. St. Francis would close the first period scoring with the third leg of the special-team's trifecta (shorthanded goal, 4 on 4 goal, a power play goal) with a power play goal from Kevin Undershute.

Xavier continued to score special-teams goals in period number two. Nick Pageau potted a five on three goal at the 14:00 minute mark (just as I was walking in). Before the end of the frame, Jason Bast picked up the second shorty of the night for SFX. He was able to gain possession at the red line and skated in one on one with Terrier defenseman Sean Escobedo. He use Escobedo as a screen and beat Millan low glove side.

Kieran Millan was pulled after the second period (which was planned) but he only made 12 saves, while giving up 5 goals on 17 shots. Grant Rollheiser played a perfect third period, stopping all seven shots he faced.

BU celebrates after Ben Rosen's goal
The tally really gave the Terriers a
surge in the 3rd period.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
Ben Rosen got BU on the board with one of the weaker goals you'll ever see. He skated over the blue line and took a simple wrist shot on net. It was a "seeing eye" shot that found it's way under the arm of SFX goalie Joseph Perricone (33 saves) and into the brand new Agganis Arena net.

Six minutes later, freshman defenseman Alexx Privitera scored his unofficial first collegiate goal. He popped in a rebound from a Chris Connolly shot. Privitera used his backhand to flip the puck into a wide open net.

Wade Megan notched his first of two goals at the 15:52 mark of the third. As he moved in on Perricone, he pulled a forehand-backhand move and beat the Canadian netminder high glove side with a sweet backhand shot.

Little over two minutes later, Megan made things real interesting at Aggains. He slammed home a loose rebound from Alex Chiasson's shot, right through Perricone's legs. The valiant comeback proved to be too little too late, as St. Francis tacked on an empty netter with two seconds left.

Final score, St. Francis Xavier 6, Boston University 4.

BU takes on UNH in the regular season opener next Saturday at Agganis.

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Box Score
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