Men's ice hockey ends 2017 with 5-2 loss to Elmira

Men's ice hockey ends 2017 with 5-2 loss to Elmira

 PINE VALLEY, N.Y. – The Bryn Athyn College men's ice hockey team surrendered three third-period goals and end 2017 with a 5-2 road loss to Elmira College Tuesday night.

Bryn Athyn (5-5-0) received goals from Vojtech Luza and Connor Buick, who both scored for the second straight game.

The Soaring Eagles' top line of Nick Ford, Connor Powell, and Matthew Cuce all had three-point nights. Cuce racked two goals and one assist, while Ford recorded one goal and two assists, and Powell tallied three assists.

Spencer MacLean and Joe Smith each added a goal. Smith's goal was the game winner.

The Lions jumped out to a 1-0 advantage on Luza's third goal of the season just 32 seconds past the midway point of the opening period. Jimmy Lockamyeir and Connor Devereux both assisted on the goal.

Ford, with assists going to linemates Cuce and Powell, leveled the score at 13:47 with his 14th goal.

Elmira (6-6-1) scored the only goal of the second period and it came off the stick of the Cuce just 22 after the opening faceoff to put the Soaring Eagles up 2-1. Ford and Powell picked up an assist on the go-ahead goal.

Bryn Athyn goaltender McKenzie Chalmers did a tremendous job shaking off the goal and keeping the Lions within one as he stopped the next 20 shots he faced during the rest of the period.

Smith extended the Soaring Eagle lead to two when he scored for the first time this season at 7:48. The two-goal gap remained for a shade over two minutes as Buick lit the lamp at the 11:50 mark to pull the Lions back within 3-2. Anthony DePetres and Devereux assisted on Buick's second goal of the year.

Elmira put the game away with two goals separated by 16 seconds from Cuce and MacLean.

Chalmers finished the contest with a career-high 43 saves. The Soaring Eagles' Gennaro Anzevino stopped 18 shots. Elmira outshot Bryn Athyn 48-20.

The Lions went 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Soaring Eagles were 0-of-2.

Bryn Athyn now has a month off before starting 2018 with a weekend home series against Curry College. The two-game series will begin on Friday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. at Junge Pavilion.