BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – Nikita Smirnov and Tanner Congdon both scored twice and goaltender McKenzie Chalmers stopped 35 shots as the Bryn Athyn College men's ice hockey team cruised to an 8-1 victory in its home opener against Lebanon Valley College Friday night in Junge Pavilion.
The Lions (5-4-0) got off to a slow start as they allowed a power play goal to Brian Hovanec at the 9:04 mark of the opening period. The goal lit a fire under Bryn Athyn at the Lions recorded the game's next seven goals to take a six-goal advantage with 1:46 gone in the third period.
Bryn Athyn closed out the first period with three goals to end the opening 20 minutes up 3-1. Congdon tied the game at one the first of his two first-period goals coming at the 10:32 mark. Mike Perkett and Alec Grollman both assisted on the goal. Connor Buick recorded the go-ahead goal—his first of the year—at 14:49 on a designed play after Anthony DePetres won an offensive draw and fed the Buick at the near post. Congdon struck again, this time on the power play, with 1:14 left in the period. Perkett picked up an assist.
Smirnov got into the goal column for the first time in the dying seconds of a man advantage to extend the lead to three at the 4:32 mark of the second period. Ten minutes later, Smirnov scored on another Lion power play after getting the puck from Congdon at the top of the left faceoff circle for Bryn Athyn's fifth goal. Vojtech Luza capped off a dominant second period as he scored on a short-handed breakaway at 17:20 to make the score 6-1.
Nick Malvasi ended the Bryn Athyn's scoring onslaught just 1:46 into the third period. DePetres notched his second assists of the game on Malvasi's first goal of the season.
Cole Hepler broke the string of Bryn Athyn goals when he lit the lamp at 6:40 to pull the Dutchmen with 7-2.
Dan Condon allowed the Lions to regain a six-goal cushion when he scored at 11:27, but it was short-lived as Brennan Thompson scored the game's final goal 20 seconds later.
Lebanon Valley's Joel Eisenhower had 14 saves before being lifted from the game for Tyler Perhac after Bryn Athyn's fifth goal. Perhac stopped six of the nine shots he faced during the final 25:25.
The Lions finished the game 3-for-7 on the power play, while the Dutchmen were 2-for-12. Bryn Athyn managed to kill off two 5-on-3 situations. The Lions were down two for 1:30 during the second period and again for 1:52 during the early stages of the third.
Bryn Athyn closes out the 2017 portion of its schedule with a trip to Elmira on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.