Men's Ice Hockey Takes Home American Division Title
Aston, Pa.- The Bryn Athyn College men's ice hockey team claimed the American Divison title of the Delaware Valley Men's Collegiate Hockey Conferencece Sunday afternoon, defeating Rowan 9-3 in game 3 of the DVCHC Championships. This is the third time Bryn Athyn has claimed the title, most recently the Lions won the league in 2005 and 1971.
Four power play goals and seven successful penalty kills helped lift the Lions to victory. Terrence Johnson and Travis McCurdy led the team with four points apiece. Johnson notched four assists, while McCurdy recorded three assists and a goal. David DalCortivo registered two goals, while Blake McCurdy added a goal and one assist. Patrick Huber, Andrew Manogue, Ray Weissler, Andrew Dexter, and Danny Triesler each notched a goal, while Jordan Roth recorded one assist.
Bryn Athyn got on the board first at the 11:40 mark, when Huber made a diving slapshot from the left wing. With a Rowan player in the box for tripping, the Lions scored 15 seconds later when Johnson found DalCortivo for a wrist shot from the left point. At the 2:32 mark, Rowan scored to bring the game within one.
During the second period of play, the Profs scored at the 14:54 mark, to tie the game at 2-2. At the 12:10 mark, Travis McCurdy sent a cross ice pass to Blake McCurdy who deked the goalie to put the Lions on top. Rowan answered two minutes later, to deadlock the score at 3-3. At the 4:58 mark, Steven Altman robbed the Profs of a goal, making a glove hand save on a breakaway attempt. At the 4:57 mark two Bryn Athyn players were called for slashing, and the Lions found themselves down two men. The defense held strong, and successfully killed the penalty, keeping the Lions' hopes alive. With momentum on their side, Bryn Athyn went on to score six unanswered goals. At the 1:00 mark, Roth and Blake McCurdy connected with Travis McCurdy who deked the goalie for a backhand goal. With 37 seconds left in the period, Johnson took a shot from the slot and Weissler put the rebound in to give the Lions a 5-3 lead going into the final period.
At the 10:20 mark in the third period, Travis McCurdy skated the puck up the ice and crossed it to Manogue for the backdoor goal. At the 6:49 mark, Johnson found Dexter in the slot, giving the Lions a commanding 7-3 lead. Four minutes later Travis McCurdy connected with DalCortivo for his second goal of the night. With 28 seconds left in the game, Johnson passed to Triesler for a top shelf goal.
Altman recorded 26 saves in goal for the Lions.
Johnson stated, "Until today we hadn't played Bryn Athyn hockey. We knew we were the better team, and we finally went out and showed it. It's been a season full of adversity and once again we handled it well."
Coach Burke said, "This season was filled with ups and downs but after last night we had to refocus and make some adjustments. The boys buried Saturday night's loss and started to focus on today's game right away last night. This team is young, hard-working, dedicated, and now we can add battle-tested. They earned this championship this season. We had to work day in and day out for this and I personally want to thank each and everyone of our boys for sticking with it this season. Also, thank you to our amazing fans and the town of Bryn Athyn. We could not have done this with out your support. This is the start of something special here at Bryn Athyn."
Altman expressed, "The boys came out and worked today. They wanted it, and they knew that one loss doesn't lose a series. They came ready to play. We had solid defense, which led to us scoring. This is for the town, the college, and most of all for everyone who came and supported us this season. Thank you!"
Bryn Athyn Athletics would like to thank the fans for their support this season!!