HOOKSETT, N.H. – The Bryn Athyn College men's ice hockey team had to settle for a split of its season-opening weekend series at Southern New Hampshire after falling to the host Penmen 3-2 Saturday afternoon in the Ice Den.
Corson Searles scored the first goal of his collegiate career, while Nikita Smirnov recorded his first of the season. Ismael Ralsten stopped 31 of the 34 shots on goal he faced in his collegiate debut.
It was an extremely even contest with Bryn Athyn (1-1-0) outshooting Southern New Hampshire (1-1-0) 35-34 and the Penmen barely winning the faceoff battle 37-36. The Lions went 1-for-5 on the man advantage, while the Penmen scored on two of their five power plays.
Southern New Hampshire jumped out to a 1-0 lead for the second straight game when Jake Cox scored on the power play 7:10 into the contest. Bryn Athyn answered back with just 24 seconds left in the opening period on a Searles goal assisted by Jake Heckenberger and Dakota Ulmer.
The Penmen special teams struck again, with 4:50 gone in the second, on a Cole Stewart shorthanded goal. Smirnov drew the Lions level once again just 2:09 after Stewart's first goal. Sheldon Brett and Tanner Congdon both picked up assists on the power-play goal.
Stewart notched his second goal of the afternoon, this one coming on the power play, at the 10:15 mark and was assisted by DJ Goldstein.
Bryn Athyn fired 13 shots at the Southern New Hampshire net in the third period, but couldn't get one by JT Kossakowski, who finished with 33 saves. The Lions had a 1:36 5-on-3 power play late in the third.
The Lions return to action Sunday, Nov. 10 at Albertus Magnus at 5:30 p.m.