BOSTON – For the second straight night, the Bryn Athyn College men's ice hockey team found of the back of the net three times in the third period, two by Alec Grollman. However, it wouldn't be enough to overcome a four-goal deficit as the Lions fell to No. 8 Hobart 5-4 in the final of the Boston Landing Collegiate Invitational Sunday night in the Warrior Ice Arena.
Bryn Athyn (7-5-2) entered the final 20 minutes trailing 5-1 after Hobart (9-3-1) jumped on the Lions with four goals in the first period and an additional goal in the second.
Grollman got the rally started just 2:20 into the third as he intercepted a cross-ice pass in the Statesmen zone and ripped a shot past the glove of Joe Halstrom to get the Lions within 5-2. He would cut the gap to two at 7:55 with a short-side shot at the left circle that snuck through Halstrom. Dakota Ulmer picked up an assist thanks to a great individual effort to possess the puck before dropping it for Grollman. The goals were Grollman's third and fourth of the season
Nikita Smirnov made it a one-goal affair with a one-timer at the left faceoff dot that found the upper right corner of the net and exploded Halstrom's water bottle with 9:38 left. Mike Perkett and Vojtech Luza each assisted on Smirnov's seventh goal this year.
Bryn Athyn attempted to pull goalie Ismael Ralsten, but ended up taking a too many men on the ice penalty with 27 seconds remaining.
Ralsten—playing in back-to-back games for the first time in his collegiate career-made 26 saves. Halstrom was credited with 19 saves.
Hobart struck three times in the opening 7:54 to get out to a 3-0 first-period lead. Pierre-Anthony Martineau scored a short-handed goal 3:08 into the contest and was followed up by Andrew Longo and Alec Robitaille goals 1:29 apart.
Will Harrison restored Hobart's three-goal lead with 50 seconds left in the period.
Mitchell Spring scored the only goal in the second period, on the power play, to increase the gap to 5-1.
Bryn Athyn returns home to face Wilkes on Tuesday, Jan. 7 in Junge Pavilion at 7 p.m.