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Ice hockey skates to 3-3 tie against Castleton

Ice hockey skates to 3-3 tie against Castleton

RUTLAND, Vt. – The Bryn Athyn College men's ice hockey team overcame a one-goal deficit on three separate occasions to pick up a 3-3 tie to begin its weekend series against Castleton in Spartan Arena Friday night.

Julion Lever, Alec Grollman, and Tanner Congdon all scored for the Lions (5-3-2), who owned a 54-21 advantage in shots on goal.

The Spartans (3-7-1) jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 10:57 mark of the opening period when Glenn Wiswell cut around a Lion defender, went to his backhand, and then tucked a forehand shot past Gabriel Couture. Calvin Morse and Nick Gravina each assisted on the first goal of the night.

Lever put Bryn Athyn on the board at 13:22 with his first goal of the season. Jimmy Pollock got to a loose puck behind the Spartan net and played it out in front to Tyler Besner. Besner then gave the puck to Lever in the slot where he ripped a forehand by Brandon Collett's glove.

Jeremy LaPlante put Castleton back in front with 6:52 gone in the second period. Later in the period, Mike Perkett flicked the puck from the neutral zone into the Castleton zone and Grollman tracked it down and beat Collett glove side to make the score 2-2. It was Grollman's second goal of 2019-20.

A pair of power-play goals in the final four minutes of the second period would be the final two goals of the net. Gravina snapped the tie at 16:00 with assists from Wiswell and Morse. Then, Congdon redirected a Devon Becker shot into the Spartan net with 2:12 left in the period. Sheldon Brett also notched an assist on the goal, Congdon's third this season.

In the final period, Bryn Athyn turned up the heat—outshooting Castleton 21-9—but couldn't get one by Collett. Bryn Athyn also owned a 5-1 shot advantage in overtime, including a chance in close by Brett as the clock hit zero.

Collett finished with 51 saves, while Couture racked up 18 stops.

Bryn Athyn and Castleton wrap up the weekend with game two in the series on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. in Spartan Arena.