WARMINSTER, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College ice hockey team's power play was firing on all cylinders as the Lions scored three times on the man advantage in a 3-3 tie with Fredonia State in the Revolution Ice Gardens Saturday afternoon.
Special teams played a major role in the contest. Bryn Athyn went 3-for-7 on the power play, making it five of the last six games for the Lions with a power-play goal. Fredonia (2-7-4) scored on one of its 10 power-play opportunities and also recorded a short-handed goal.
Heckenberger cashed in on a 5-on-3 power play 13:11 into the first period to open the scoring. Voytech Luza started the sequence with an offensive-zone faceoff win directly to Nikita Smirnov on the along the right boards. Smirnov then found an open Heckenberger with a cross-ice pass and Heckenberger buried the puck into a gaping net for his third goal this year.
Fredonia's Ryan Dunner leveled the score at 1-1 at the 4:29 mark of the second with the game's lone 5-on-5 goal with assists from Jasper Korican-Barlay and Victor Tracy.
Luza scored 32 seconds into the Lions fifth power play of the afternoon to put Bryn Athyn back in front 2-1 at 15:46. Mike Perkett and Smirnov both assists on Luza's fourth goal this season. After a Jacob Haynes short-handed goal made the score 2-2, Dakota Ulmer allowed Bryn Athyn to regain the one-goal lead with 27 seconds left in the second period. Ulmer's third goal of the season had assists from Devon Becker and Sheldon Brett.
In the third period, Ethan Kirbis tallied an unassisted power-play goal at 3:47 to level the game at three.
Both teams attempted two shots on goal in the five-minute overtime session, but couldn't break the deadlock.
Bryn Athyn netminder McKenzie Chalmers came up with 30 saves in the tie. Dalton Jerzak stopped 21 shots for Fredonia.
Bryn Athyn has a week off before opening a weekend series at Buffalo State on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.