Posted: Feb 01, 2018
BRYN ATHYN, Pa. -- The Bryn Athyn College men's ice hockey team returns to the ice this weekend when the Lions play host to King's College on Friday night in Junge Pavilion and then hit the road to face Neumann University on Saturday night.
Friday night's game will be the team's final home game of the season. Prior to the opening face-off, the team will honor seniors Paul Napierkowski, Connor Buick, Anthony Astorino, Pat Lynch, and Anthony Notorfrancesco.
LAST TIME OUT
Bryn Athyn fell to 6-9-1 after a 6-0 loss to seventh-ranked Utica on Jan. 26 in New York. McKenzie Chalmers recorded 39 saves, his fourth-highest save total of the season, in the loss. The Lions were outshot 45-8.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
Bryn Athyn is 4-2-0 against members of the United Collegiate Hockey Conference--which has King's and Neumann as members--this season, including a 4-2 win at King's on Nov. 17, 2017.
In the win over the Monarchs, Julion Lever, Alex Doyle, Alec Grollman, and Zach Pamaylaon all scored once. Doyle and Grollman each had a power-play goal as the Lions went 2-for-4 on the man advantage. McKenzie Chalmers made 28 saves in the win.
Lever, Grollman, and Nikita Smirnov are all tied for the team lead with 10 points. Lever leads the Lions with six goals, while Smirnov is tied with Alex Tan and Mike Perkett for the team lead in assist with six. Grollman is currently 45th in Division III for points per game by a freshman with 0.67.
The Lions--who were shutout for only the second time this season in the loss to Utica--is 51st in Division III with 2.69 goals per game. Bryn Athyn's power play is 23rd overall at 21.1 percent (16-of-76). The Lions are 6-2-1 when they score on the man advantage and 0-7-0 in games without a power-play goal.
Bryn Athyn's defense is ranked 64th overall, allowing 3.50 goals per game. The seventh-most penalized team with 18.0 minutes per game, the Lions are 54th on the penalty kill at 80.5 percent (66-of-82).
Chalmers is 6-8-1 with a .909 save percentage and a 3.36 goals against average. He is 58th in Division III in save percentage and 84th in goals average against.
SCOUTING KING'S (Pa.)
King's enters play on Friday night with an 0-19-0 record after a 5-1 loss to Neumann in its last game on Jan. 27. The Monarchs are sitting 77th in Division III with 1.68 goals per game and 81st in goals per game allowed with 5.32. King's has scored at least three goals in a game three times this season, the most recent instance coming on Dec. 8 against Lebanon Valley College in an 8-3 loss.
Anthony Fratti is the Monarchs' top scoring threat with six goals this season. In the first meeting between King's and Bryn Athyn, Fratti scored both of the Monarch goals. Nicholas Palumbo leads the team with seven assists and 11 points.
Isaac Cirinna had added four goals so far, two while shorthanded which is fourth in Division III.
Link Ferch and Jake Tugnutt have split a majority of the time in net this season. Ferch has appeared in 10 games, nine as a starter, including a start in the first game against Bryn Athyn where he made 32 saves. He is 0-9-0 with a .900 save percentage and a 4.28 goals against average. Tugnett has seven starts under his belt and is 0-7-0 with a .865 save percentage and a 5.71 goals against average.
The Monarchs' power play is 76th in Division III at 10.3 percent (9-of-87). King's--the second-most penalized team with 20.0 penalty minutes per game--is 77th on the penalty kill at 74.1 percent (80-of-108).
Neumann is currently 6-12-2 after the victory over King's. The Knights will be making a trip to Elmira on Friday night before hosting the Lions on Saturday.
The Knights offense--led by Liam Board and Jake Davidson-- is ranked 46th in Division III with 2.90 goals per game. On the defensive end, Neumann sits 70th with 3.85 goals allowed per game.
Board is tops on the team with 24 points, including a team-high 16 assists. He is 39th in the nation with 1.26 points per game. Meanwhile, Davidson has 22 points to his name with seven goals and 15 assists and is 70th in all of Division III, sixth among defensemen, with 1.10 points per game.
Ryan Swain has a team-high 12 goals, six coming on the man-advantage. He is 10th in Division III in power play goals and 29th with .63 goals per game.
Swain has scored a goal in three straight games, while Board recorded a point in each of the last three outings.
In terms of special teams, Neumann has the 31st-ranked power play at 19.4 percent (19-of-98) and the 70th-best penalty kill at 77.3 percent (92-of-119). The Knights are ninth in penalty minutes with 17.7 per game.
The Knights have rotated three goalies throughout the season: Anthony Pupplo, Matt Gibney, and Sammy Bernard. Gibney has started the last two games, the win over King's and a 4-4 tie to Manhattanville, and is 3-1-1 with an .890 save percentage and a 2.96 goals against average. Pupplo leads the trio with 10 appearances and has a 1-8-1 record, an .890 save percentage, and a 4.52 goals against average. Bernard has played in five games and a 2-3-0 with a 3.18 goals against average, and a .910 save percentage.