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Men's ice hockey set for weekend series against Curry

Men's ice hockey set for weekend series against Curry

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – After a month break from game action, the Bryn Athyn College men's ice hockey team returns to action with a weekend series against Curry College on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m.

The games were originally scheduled to be played at Junge Pavilion, but due to sub-zero wind chills expected to hit the area, the series has been moved to Wintersport Ice Sports—551 York Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090.

In Bryn Athyn's final game before the month off, the Lions suffered a 5-2 loss to Elmira College in New York. Vojtech Luza and Connor Buick scored at even strength for Bryn Athyn (5-5-0). McKenzie Chalmers tallied a career-high 43 saves in the loss.

Curry (7-5-1) last took the ice on Dec. 30 after a three-week layoff to pick up a 4-2 win over Lake Forest despite being outshot 40-23. The Colonels scored all four of their goals in the second period. Frank Cundiff stopped 38 shots.

The Lions go into this weekend series having dropped three of their last four games. In the last four games, Bryn Athyn is 3-for-20 on the power play with all three man-advantage goals coming in the 8-3 win over Lebanon Valley.

Bryn Athyn has Division III's fifth-best power play with a conversion rate of 26.7 percent (12-for-45).  The Lions are 5-1 when they score power-play goal and 0-4 when they fail to score. Alec Grollman—who leads the team with nine points—is tied for 38th in Division III with a team-high three power-play tallies.

Mike Perkett is sitting 28th in D-III in points per game for defensemen with 0.80. Perkett leads the team with six assists and is second with eight points.

Grollman is ninth in Division III in points per game by a freshman with 1.00, while Perkett sits 29th.

Julion Lever has a team-high five goals.

McKenzie Chalmers is 5-4-0 with 282 saves, a 3.03 goals-against average, and a .913 save percentage. He has five games with at least 30 saves. The only game Chalmers didn't play in was against Stonehill in the second game of a back-to-back on Nov. 26.

The Curry series is the start of the seven-game home stand.

Curry ended 2017 with wins in four of its last five contests. In all five of Curry's losses this season, the Colonels have surrendered at least four goals. The team is 7-0-1 when allowing three or fewer goals.

Adam Valadao and Shane Tracy are Curry's top two playmakers with 15 and 12 assists, respectively. The duo is also tied for the team lead with six goals. Valadao is sixth in Division III with 1.15 assists per game and seventh with 1.62 points per game. Tracy sits 23rd in assists per game with 0.92 and 34th in points per game with 1.38.

The Colonels are 47th on the power play at 17.1 percent (12-for-70) and 60th on the penalty kill at 78.5 percent (51-of-65).

In goal, Frank Cundiff has started 12 times and is 6-5-1 with a 3.35 goals against average, 305 saves, and an .887 save percentage.