SHELTON, Conn. – Vojtech Luza broke a 3-3 tie 8:40 into the third period to lead the Bryn Athyn College men's ice hockey to a 5-3 victory over Post University in the Sports Center of Connecticut Sunday afternoon.
With the victory, Bryn Athyn picks up its third straight victory and improves to 5-2-1—the best start for the Lions eight games into a season since joining NCAA Division III in 2017.
Bryn Athyn went into the third period leading 3-1 but saw that lead evaporate 6:25 into the period thanks to a pair of Lucas Smith power-play goals separated by 61 seconds.
At the 7:34 mark, Bryn Athyn earned a 1:40 two-man advantage thanks to a Nolan Arbuckle slashing penalty at 7:14 and a Sean Castagna high sticking call 20 seconds later. With 34 seconds left on the 5-on-3, Luza fired a shot that beat Brandon Brown and put the Lions in front 4-3. Tanner Schroeder and Nikita Smirnov both assisted on Luza's third goal of the season.
Post (2-6-1) attempted to get some momentum back, earning a pair of power plays, but the Bryn Athyn penalty killers successfully killed off both minors needing just three saves from goaltender Gabriel Couture. The Lions drew a pair of penalties in the final 3:22 to help salt the game away. Mike Perkett officially put the game on ice, scoring an empty-net goal on the power play, his first of the season, with one second remaining in the game.
The Lions jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Smirnov—the first of his career-high four points—at 9:05 and Sheldon Brett at the 11:22 mark. Devon Becker and Connor Devereux assisted on Smirnov's third goal of the year, while Smirnov and Becker picked up assisted on Brett's first goal.
Smith cut the Bryn Athyn lead at 3:31 of the second period with the first of his three goals. After assisting on the Lions' first two goals, Becker netted his fifth goal of the season, with assists from Luza and Smirnov, at 12:13 to put the lead back at two.
Couture made 27 saves on 30 shots to improve to 2-0-0, while Brown stopped 28 of the 32 shots he faced for Post.
Bryn Athyn went 2-for-7 on the power play and recorded a power-play goal for the third straight game. Post was 2-for-6 on the man advantage.
Bryn Athyn will play in front of its home crowd for the first time this season when the Lions host Lebanon Valley on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in Junge Pavilion.