Doyle's hat trick leads men's ice hockey to 9-2 win at Chatham

Doyle's hat trick leads men's ice hockey to 9-2 win at Chatham

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College men's ice hockey ended its first season as an NCAA program on a tremendous high, going 4-for-5 on the power play and scoring a season-high nine times in a 9-2 victory over host Chatham University Saturday night.

The Lions concludes the season with a 9-12-1 overall record, while the Cougars end the year at 2-20-3.

Alex Doyle recorded the first hat-trick of the NCAA era with three power-play goals, one in the second period and two during a six-goal third. Tanner Congdon added two goals and assisted on two of the Doyle goals. Congdon and Doyle finished tied for the team lead in scoring with eight goals each this season.

Connor Buick (two goals, one assist) and Anthony Notorfrancesco (one goal, two assists) both recorded three-point evenings, while Vojtech Luza also scored a goal.

After a scoreless opening period, it was Chatham that jumped out to the 1-0 advantage just 26 seconds into the second period thanks to an Eric Hildebrand one-timer off of a Michael Thamert pass.

Congdon answered with the equalizer 39 seconds later with a shot from the left faceoff circle past Morgan Hudson.

Buick put Bryn Athyn in front at 10:52 of the second period when he scored on the breakaway. Doyle scored the eventual game-winning goal with 3:33 left in the period. The first power-play goal of the game came on a 2-on-1 down low after Doyle received a pass from Nikita Smirnov.

The Cougars pulled one back with 4:14 gone in the third period on a Chris Lutz goal.

Then, Bryn Athyn ran off six unanswered goals, the most scored by the Lions in a single period this season.

Notorfrancesco reinstated the two-goal advantage just 34 seconds after Lutz's goal to make the score 4-2. Bryn Athyn's power play clicked once again at 7:55 when Doyle scored for the second time with assists from Smirnov and Congdon. Five minutes later, Congdon netted his second goal of the evening to widen the advantage to 6-2.

Doyle completed his hat-trick with 2:31 left in the contest with the Lions' third goal on the man advantage. Johnson played the puck Doyle at the right faceoff circle. Doyle took a wrist shot that beat Hudson at the near post.

Luza scored on the power play and Buick added an even-strength goal in the final two minutes to give Bryn Athyn a seven-goal cushion.

McKenzie Chalmers turned in a solid performance in goal, stopping 38 of the 40 shots he faced. Hudson finished the game with 33 saves. The Lions outshot the Cougars, 42-40.