BOSTON – The Bryn Athyn College men's ice hockey team scored three times in the third period to snap a 1-all tie and pick up a 4-2 victory over Nichols College in the opening round of the Boston Landing Collegiate Invitational, hosted by Nichols, Saturday evening in the Warrior Ice Arena.
With the victory, Bryn Athyn improves to 7-4-2 overall. The Lions will take on Hobart—a 4-2 winner over Saint John's (MN)—for the Boston Landing Collegiate Invitational championship on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 5:40 p.m. in the Warrior Ice Arena.
After going 0-for-4 on the man advantage in the first 40 minutes, Bryn Athyn cashed in on a 5-on-3 power play to break the deadlock. Mike Perkett skated into the high slot and took a shot that was stopped by Bison goalie Brett Epp. Vojtech Luza located the rebound and slid a backhand into the open net for the go-ahead goal, his third of the year, and 8:16. Jake Heckenberger also assisted on the play.
The Lions extended their lead to 3-1 on the same power-play sequence, now 5-on-4, at the 9-minute mark when Devon Becker fired a snap shot from the right point by a screened Epp after receiving a pass from Zach Pamaylaon.
Nichols (1-10-0) made it interesting thanks to a J.B. Baker goal just 50 seconds after Becker scored his team-leading goal to pull the Bison within 3-2. Vincent Crivello and Lucas Andersson each notched an assist.
Eric Higgins put the game away when he scored for the first time in 2019-20 with 3:38 left to make the score 4-2. Nick Malvasi started the play by stealing the puck from a Bison defender in the Nichols zone and then fed Higgins in the slot. Higgins when from his backhand to his forehand and tucked the puck passed Epp's right pad.
Nichols' Hunter Fraser opened the scoring 3:52 into the second period with an even-strength goal that was assisted by Petr Miko and Curtis Carlson. Peter Falivena's second goal of the year at 16:19 leveled the score at one with an assist going to Malvasi.
Ismael Ralsten stopped 27 of the 29 shots that came his way to improve to 2-1-0 this season. Epp finished up with 23 saves.