HOOKSETT, N.H. – Behind four second-period goals, the Bryn Athyn College men's ice hockey team cruised to a 6-3 victory over Southern New Hampshire in the 2019-20 season opener Friday night in the Ice Den.
Bryn Athyn (1-0-0) had six different players score during the contest, led by a goal and an assist each from Devon Becker and Jake Heckenberger. Cameron Shorrock, Zach Pamaylaon, Vojtech Luza, and Alec Grollman also scored for the Lions. Tanner Schroeder added two assists.
Trailing 1-0 after 20 minutes of play, Shorrock scored the first goal of his collegiate career 8:45 into the second period with an assist from Nick Mavlasi to level the score. Heckenberger put Bryn Athyn in front two minutes later as he scored a goal assisted by Schroeder. Pamaylaon extended the lead to 3-1 at 14:28 by scoring on a 2-on-1 after receiving a pass from Schroeder on the left wing that allowed him an easy tap-in goal on his backhand.
Southern New Hampshire (0-1-0) briefly stopped the Bryn Athyn momentum when James Nash recorded a power-play goal, the Penmen's second of the game, at 16:10.
Luza restored the two-goal advantage (4-2) with Bryn Athyn's first power-play goal of the season 1:42 after Nash's goal. Nikita Smirnov and Heckenberger both assisted on the play.
Grollman opened the third-period scoring on the power play by redirecting a Becker slap pass 8:54 into the period.
The Penmen closed the gap to 5-3 on an Andy Somerville goal at 17:15, but Becker put the game away by scoring an empty-net goal just over two minutes later.
McKenzie Chalmers picked up 20 saves to earn the victory. Chalmers also assisted on Pamaylaon's second-period goal. Kurt Gutting stopped 30 shots for the Penmen.
Bryn Athyn and Southern New Hampshire wrap up the weekend series on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1:50 p.m.
(Photo Credit: Larry Tan)