Hockey East roundup: Trio of exhibitions finish in split of results for league teams

Boston University 5, Toronto 0

Despite being penalized 22 times, the Terriers outshot the visiting Varsity Blues by a 50-17 count and scored all five of their goals on the power play en route to a shutout win to open the season at Agganis Arena in Boston. Freshmen netminders Matt O'Conner (5 saves, win) and Sean Maguire (12 saves) pitched the blanking as they combined to fill the big shoes left by Kieran Millan. Sophomore defenseman Alexx Privitera, who posted just ten assists in 23 games last season, dished out three in the contest alone, while Boston Bruins prospect Matt Grzelyck notched a pair, along with classmate and Finnish product Ahti Oksanen. Junior Matt Nieto - the first of five different goal scorers - opened the scoring at 6:10 with the first of two BU goals in the first period. Marshfield's own Mike Moran, a product of the EJHL's Bay State Breakers and a former three-sport athlete at Taft School, was the lone rookie to score for the Scarlet and White, potting one at 16:47 of the middle stanza. The Terriers host Providence at Agganis next Saturday night to launch the regular season.

St. Francis Xavier 4, Northeastern 3

After suffering their third-straight loss to a Canadian Interuniversity Sport foe in a season-opening exhibition contest at Matthews Arena, the Huskies host Merrimack in the Hockey East season opener on Wednesday night at Matthews Arena. Sophomore blue liner Josh Manson posted his first-career goal for the Huskies to give them a 1-0 lead at 7:23. Freshman Derick Roy made 11 saves in his collegiate debut for NU, despite allowing a pair of crucial goals in his 20 minutes of action during the second period.

Maine 2, New Brunswick 2 (OT)

Highly touted rookie and Dallas Stars draftee Devin Shore posted a goal and an assist as the Black Bears suffered a late scare to salvage a tie against the powerhouse Varsity Reds at Alfond Arena. Senior Chad Denny took a shot and nearly found the back of the net as time expired but the goal was reviewed and overturned because of the horn sounding, unleashing a collective sigh of relief from the Maine faithful, which already suffered a tough blow at the hands of Quinnipiac on Saturday. After junior Martin Ouellette (14 saves) allowed the opening goal of the contest, senior Kyle Beattie tied the score at 14:48 of the first and Shore lifted the score in favor of the hosts at 1:11 of the second, after taking a feed from senior tri-captain Mike Cornell. Freshman Matt Morris relieved Ouellette part way through the middle period for his first action as a Black Bear, making 13 stops in 34:48, allowing a single goal to Denny at 2:00 of the third. After a busy opening weekend, Maine heads to Kansas City for next weekend's IceBreaker Tournament and will face Notre Dame in a nationally-televised contest on NBC Sports Network on Friday night.

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