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Ice hockey to host Chatham and SUNY Cortland this weekend

Ice hockey to host Chatham and SUNY Cortland this weekend

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College men's ice hockey team's homestand continues this weekend when Chatham and SUNY Cortland come to Junge Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday.

Connor Buick and Nikita Smirnov both scored and McKenzie Chalmers stopped 34 shots as the Lions picked up a 2-2 home tie against Western New England on Wednesday. Buick scored the opening goal in the first period, while Smirnov struck on a third-period power play.

The Lion power play went 1-for-7 and the penalty kill kept the Golden Bears scoreless on six chances. Bryn Athyn won the faceoff battle, 48-47.

Alec Grollman has five goals and five assists to lead the Lions with 10 points. He is 22nd in Division III for points per game for a freshman with 0.83 and tied for 46th with three power-play goals. The Lions are 4-1-0 when he records at least one point.

Tanner Congdon (4 goals, 4 assists), Julion Lever (5-3), Mike Perkett (2-6), and Nikita Smirnov (3-5) are all sitting on eight points. Perkett and Alex Tan are tied for the team lead in assists with six. Smirnov scored his third power-play goal of the season on Wednesday to join Grollman in the tie for 46th nationally in power-play goals.

McKenzie Chalmers is 5-6-1 with a 3.20 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. He is 62nd in save percentage and 74th in goals against average.

The Lions have the 20th-ranked power play in Division III with a 22.2 percent conversion rate (14-of-63) and 33rd-ranked penalty kill at 84.1 percent (53-of-63). Bryn Athyn is 5-2-1 when it scores on the power play and 0-5-0 when kept scoreless on the man advantage. The Lions' penalty killers have killed off 16 of their last 18 penalties.

Chatham enters the weekend with a 1-10-3 overall record. The Cougars have the 70th ranked scoring offense (1.64) and 80th scoring defense (4.86). Chatham has scored more than two goals in a game once this season, four goals in a 4-4 tie against SUNY Morrisville on Nov. 21, 2017. The team is 1-0-2 when allowed two or fewer goals.

Chris Lutz leads the Chatham offense with five goals and eight points. Two of Lutz's five goals came in a 2-1 victory over King's (PA) on Dec. 9, 2017.

Jace Burton is tied with Lutz for the team lead in goals with five and is second with seven points. However, Burton hasn't suited up for the Cougars since the King's game. He had a six-game point streak snapped in the game.

Clay Plyler has a team-high six assists.

The Cougars started four different goalies during the course of the season. Trever Ralph made the start, his fourth of the season, in Chatham's last game—a 2-2 tie at SUNY Canton on Jan. 5.

Chatham has the 65th ranked penalty kill in Division III (77.6 percent) and the 80th ranked power play (4.9 percent).

The Red Dragons own a 5-9-0 overall record this year. Cortland will host Johnson and Wales at home on Saturday before making the bus ride to Bryn Athyn for Sunday's contest.

Going into the weekend, Cortland is 52nd in scoring offense with 2.64 goals per game and 39th in scoring defense allowing 2.86 goals per game. The Red Dragons are 5-1-0, including five straight wins, when scoring three or more goals and 0-8-0 when being held to two or fewer goals.

Cortland is sitting 49th on the penalty kill at 80.5 percent and 74th on the power play at 11.9 percent.

Michael Faliero had four goals and five assists to top the team with nine points. Faliero is tied for 43rd for points for a freshman with 0.83. Alex Storjohann and Paul Fregeau also have four goals this season. Andrew McCann is leading the team with six assists.

Drew Weigman has started all 14 games in goal for Cortland. He is 5-9-0 with a 2.89 goals against average and a .906 save percentage. Weigman is 64th in Division III in goals against average.