REISTERSTOWN, Md. - Stevenson men's ice hockey freshman Pierce Dushenko recorded 20 saves to lead the Mustangs to their second shutout with a 2-0 non-conference victory over Lebanon Valley Friday evening at Reisterstown Sportsplex.
With the win, the Mustangs (10-13-2) snap a five-game losing streak and finish their inaugural season with a 6-5-1 home record. It is also the first home shutout in program history after recording the first shutout on the road last month.
After the game was delayed 75 minutes due to mechanical issues, neither team found the back of the net in the opening period as the teams combined for 15 shots on net. The Dutchmen (4-19-2) could not covert on any of their three power-play opportunities in the first 20 minutes.
Junior Jordan Watt got the hosts on the board just 1:42 into the second period on assists from freshman Christian Ripley and junior Mike Davis. It is the 12th game in the last 16 for Watt with a point while Davis has a point in six of his last eight.
After Stevenson killed off its fifth and final penalty of the game, freshman Dominic Brenza doubled the Mustangs lead with 7:40 remaining in the second period. Freshmen Evan Williams and Justin Stelzer were credited with the assists.
It was a scoreless third period as Dushenko preserved his shutout with seven saves in the period. He finished the game with 20. Meanwhile, Lebanon Valley goaltender Joel Eisenhower recorded 15 of his 33 saves in the period.
Stevenson's defense finished with eight blocked shots, including three by freshman Hunter Brody. The hosts also won 32 of the 56 face-offs. Freshman Colton McMeniman went 8-for-10 while classmate Ian Malone was 6-for-7 at the face-off dot.
It is the sixth time the Mustangs have not allowed a power-play goal this season.
Stevenson awaits its playoff fate in the upcoming ECAC West tournament. With a Hobart win or tie over Elmira in just one of the two-game series between the teams, the Mustangs will be the sixth and final seed.
Head Coach Dominick Dawes talks about the team's 2-0 victory over Lebanon Valley to close out the regular season.
Stevenson Freshman goaltender Pierce Dushenko talks about the team's play in their 2-0 shut-out of Lebanon Valley.