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Becker's overtime winner lifts Lions past Southern New Hampshire, 3-2

Becker's overtime winner lifts Lions past Southern New Hampshire, 3-2

WARMINSTER, Pa. – Devon Becker scored his first collegiate goal on the power play with 1:07 left in overtime to give the Bryn Athyn College men's ice hockey a 3-2 overtime victory, the Lions' first win of the season, over Southern New Hampshire Friday night in the Revolution Ice Gardens.

Becker was given the puck at the left point with a cross-ice pass from Nikita Smirnov. Becker then skated into the high slot and ripped a wrist shot through a screen that completed the Lions' (1-2-0) come back from an early 2-0 deficit.

After falling behind 2-0 on a pair of Penmen goals (0-1-1) in the opening 10:05, Vojtech Luza got Bryn Athyn on the board by scoring on the Lions' first power play of the evening. Jake Hackenberger threw the puck on net from the left point and Luza would redirect the puck by JT Kossakowski for Bryn Athyn's opening goal.

The scoring remained 2-1 until the 7:37 mark of the second period when Luza struck again on the man-advantage to level the contest at two. Luza started the play off by winning an offensive zone faceoff to the left of Kossakowski. Mike Perkett collected the puck and sent it down to Dakota Ulmer in the faceoff circle. Then, Ulmer delivered a perfect centering pass into the slot, giving Luza an easy tap-in for his second goal of the 2018-19 season.

Southern New Hampshire took an early one-goal lead just 3:38 into the contest on a Cole Stewart goal that was set up by a faceoff victory by Jake Cox. Kyle Galloway doubled the advantage at 10:05 by slammed home the rebound of a Stewart shot from the high slot.

After allowing goals on two of the first four shots he faced, Bryn Athyn goalie McKenzie Chalmers settled down nicely to stop the final 35 shots on goal he faced to end up with 37 saves. Kossakowski had 35 saves in goal for the Penmen.

Bryn Athyn went 3-for-9 on the man-advantage while holding Southern New Hampshire to 0-for-8 on the power play.

The Lions and Penmen will complete their weekend series on Saturday, Nov. 3 in the Revolution Ice Gardens at 4 p.m.