RUTLAND, Vt. – Sheldon Brett scored with 2:21 left in overtime to give the Bryn Athyn College men's ice hockey team a 4-3 victory over Castleton to wrap-up the weekend series Saturday afternoon in Spartan Arena.
Devon Becker capped off a three-point afternoon by connecting with Brett, standing at the Castleton blue line, from deep inside the Bryn Athyn zone. Brett tracked the puck down and immediately fired a snap shot from the left circle that beat Luke Cohen glove side for the winner. It was Brett's second goal of the season. Cameron Shorrock also assisted on the play.
Bryn Athyn (6-3-2)—despite heavily outshooting Castleton for the second-straight game (51-33)—had to rally from a two-goal deficit to earn the win. Castleton (3-8-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a Jeremy LaPlante first-period goal and a Conner Ladabouche tally 2:17 into the second period.
Nikita Smirnov put the Lions on the board with the first of his two goals with 4:39 left in the second. Tanner Congdon found Smirnov at full stride on the left wing with a backhand pass at center ice. Smirnov skated right in and fired a shot at the left circle that trickled through Brandon Collett.
Becker—who assisted on the first Smirnov goal—evened the game at two on the power play 6:16 into the third as he went short-side on Cohen at the right faceoff dot. Congdon started the play by getting the puck to Zach Pamaylaon. Pamaylaon entered the zone and then fed Becker with a cross-ice pass. The goal, which came on the Lions' only man-advantage of the game, was Becker's six of the season.
Castleton reclaimed its one-goal advantage 3:13 later on a Mark Shroyer power-play goal.
Smirnov drew the Lions level once again at 11:07 with his fifth goal this year. He collected a loose puck in the neutral zone, skated right in on Cohen, and handcuffed the Castleton goaltender with a forehand.
Ismael Ralsten earned his first collegiate win in goal for the Lions with a 30-save performance. Collett stopped 32 shots before being replaced 5:32 into the third by Cohen, who made 15 saves in the final 17:16.
Bryn Athyn has one final game this calendar year, coming on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at Wilkes at 7 p.m.