BOSTON, Mass. – The Bryn Athyn College men's ice hockey team controlled a majority of the play in its opening round game in the 54th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament at UMass Boston as they outshot Cortland State 47-19, but the Lions suffered a tough 2-1 loss to the Red Dragons Friday afternoon.
The Lions (4-11-0) dominated the first 20 minutes of play, firing 16 shots at the Red Dragon net. Jake Heckenberger ensured that Bryn Athyn's 16-3 shot advantage wouldn't be in vain as he lit the lamp at the 14:56 mark to give the Lions a 1-0 lead. Sheldon Brett assisted on Heckenberger's second goal of the season.
Cortland answered back just 23 seconds after the game's midway point with an Alex Storjohann goal to make the score 1-1. Connor Beck needed just 1:19 into the third period to put the Red Dragons ahead 2-1. Mike Sciore and Mike Crowley assisted on the eventual game-winning goal.
Bryn Athyn had two opportunities in the final 90 seconds to get the equalizer.
Dakota Ulmer fired two shots at Cortland goaltender Nick Modica at the left faceoff circle in quick succession. The rebound on Ulmer's second shot fell into the crease where Alec Grollman attempted to whack the puck home, but Modica drove across the net and swept the puck off the goal line with his glove.
Then, Bryn Athyn earned a power play with 44 seconds remaining. The Lions pulled netminder McKenzie Chalmers to give themselves a 6-on-4 skater advantage, but couldn't get a shot by Modica.
Modica finished with 46 saves for the Red Dragons, while Chalmers had 17 stops.
Bryn Athyn will face Tufts University, who dropped a 3-1 contest to host UMass-Boston, in the consolation game of the Codfish Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m.