Men's ice hockey heads to Elmira on Tuesday to close out 2017

Men's ice hockey heads to Elmira on Tuesday to close out 2017

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College men's ice hockey team closes out 2017 with a trip to Elmira College on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

Bryn Athyn (5-4-0) had a successful home opener at the Lions knocked off Lebanon Valley College, 8-3, on Dec. 1 in Junge Pavilion. Nikita Smirnov and Tanner Congdon had strong performances as they both had two goals and one assist and were +1. Smirnov scored the eventual game-winning goal at 14:35 of the second period. McKenzie Chalmers racked up 35 saves for the Lions, who were outshot 38-28. Bryn Athyn was 3-for-7 on the power play.

Elmira (5-6-1) was upended by Lebanon Valley at home 5-2 on Dec. 2. Spencer Carter and Nick Ford had the Soaring Eagle goal in the loss. Gennaro Anzevino recorded 23 saves for Elmira. The Soaring Eagles outshot the Dutchmen 35-28. Elmira was 0-for-4 on the man advantage, while Lebanon Valley was 2-for-6.

Bryn Athyn—who set a season-high in goals during Friday's win—has the 23rd ranked offense in Division III with 3.56 goals per game. In the Lions' five victories, Bryn Athyn has lit the lamp at least three times. The team is 0-4 when scoring two or fewer goals.

The Lions have one of the top power play units in Division III. Bryn Athyn is scoring on 30.8 percent of its opportunities, which is fourth in the country. The Lions have converted 12 of their 39 man advantages. The team is 5-1 when it scores a power play goal and 0-3 when it doesn't.

Bryn Athyn is one of the most penalized team's in Division III, ranking 10th out of 81 teams with 18.1 penalty minutes per game. The Lions are 51st on the penalty kill at 80 percent (8-of-40)

Alec Grollman leads the Bryn Athyn offensive attack with nine points. He is second on the team four goals and five assists. Grollman is 23rd in Division III with three power play goals, 55th with 0.62 goals per game, and 92nd with 1.12 points per game.

After his two-assist performance against Lebanon Valley, Mike Perkett moved up to second on the team in points with eight. He leads the team with six assists. Perkett's 0.89 points per game are 23rd in Division III among defensemen.

Among freshmen in Division III, Grollman is ranked ninth in points per game, while Perkett is 23rd.

Julion Lever, Congdon, and Smirnov all have seven points. Lever is tops on the team with five goals, while Congdon is tied with Grollman for second at four goals. Smirnov has two goals and five assists.

McKenzie Chalmers, who is 5-3-0 in goal this season, is sitting 49th in Division III with a .916 save percentage and 53rd with a 2.78 goals against average.

Elmira has two of the top playmakers in Division III on its top line in Nick Ford and Connor Powell.

Nick Ford is second in Division III with 13 goals, third with 1.08 goals per game, fourth with four power play goals, and tied for 24th with 1.50 points per game. Ford has scored in nine of the Soaring Eagles' 12 games. Elmira is 4-4-1 when Ford scores and 1-2-0 when he doesn't.

Powell sits second in the nation with 13 assists, 16th with 1.08 assists per game, tied for 22nd with three power play goals, and deadlocked for 24th with 1.50 points per game.

Matthew Cuce has 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) and Spencer MacLean is adding 12 points (five goals, seven assists).

Elmira's offense is 39th in scoring with 3.17 goals per game and its power play is 28th at 20.4 percent.

The Soaring Eagles have split time in goal between Jake Sabourin and Anzevino. Sabourin has appeared in seven games, six as a starter, and is 2-4-0 with a 3.48 goals average against (GAA) and a .898 save percentage. Anzevino is 2-2-1 with a 2.71 GAA and a .923 save percentage in five starts.