Dec. 7, 2008

Courtesy of Boston University

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Freshman Chris Connolly recorded a penalty-shot goal and added an assist to lead the No. 7/5 Boston University men's ice hockey team to a 3-1 road victory over No. 2/3 Boston College in the finale of a home-and-home series on Saturday evening at Kelley Rink. The Terriers, who ended a six-game winless streak against their archrival, improve to 10-4-1 overall and 5-4-1 in Hockey East play.

Freshman Kieran Millan recorded 18 saves in goal for the Terriers, while sophomore John Muse registered a 23-save performance for the Eagles, who fall to 9-5-2 overall with a 5-4-2 conference mark.

With both teams entering the weekend in search of their 10th win of the season, the Terriers ended up with three points following a hard-fought 1-1 tie on Friday night at Agganis Arena.

Freshman Corey Trivino opened the scoring one minute, 59 seconds into the game with his first career goal before Connolly drew a penalty shot on a breakaway midway through the second. On the attempt, Connolly beat Muse stick side to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.

The Eagles cut the deficit in half when junior Matt Price stuffed in a rebound at the 6:01 mark of the third.

Despite late BC pressure, the Terriers hung on and added an empty-net tally in the final second when sophomore Nick Bonino's attempt to clear the puck just inside the BU zone made its way down the ice and into the net just before time ran out.

The result marked the Terriers' first over the Eagles since the 2007 Beanpot championship game.

BU scored first for the seventh straight game, as Trivino converted from the inside edge of the left circle following blocked shot attempts by Connolly and senior co-captain Matt Gilroy. Following Gilroy's effort, the puck was in between the skates of a BC defender and nobody but Trivino spotted it. The freshman snuck in and snapped the puck home for his first career tally.

In the second, Connolly drew the penalty-shot call after getting ahead of the BC defense following a great pass from sophomore Colby Cohen. BC's Tommy Cross tried to interfere with Connolly as he approached Muse, but was behind the BU rookie and got called for tripping.

Connolly calmly doubled the visitors' lead by converting the Terriers' first penalty-shot goal since Gregg Johnson tallied one in BU's 6-4 home victory over Nebraska-Omaha on Oct. 25, 2002.

BC played its best hockey of the night in the first 10 minutes of the third period and was rewarded when it ended Millan's shutout bid with just under 14 minutes left in regulation.

Millan stopped a shot by freshman Cam Atkinson, but Price was there to pick up the rebound and stuff it home to make it a 2-1 contest.

The Eagles had a pair of good looks in the closing minute of play with Muse pulled. After senior John McCarthy lunged near the right boards and chipped the puck towards the blue line in the closing seconds, Bonino made sure the puck left the zone by diving and swinging at it. The sophomore's attempt produced more than he intended it to, as the puck slid all the way down the ice for the empty-netter.  

The Terriers killed off all six of the Eagles' power-play opportunities on the night, including four in the second period alone, but also came up short on both of their chances with the man advantage.

BU will return to action on Friday (Dec. 12) when it closes out the first half of the season with a home contest against UMass Lowell. Game time is set for 7 p.m.