Mustangs Fall to No. 6 Hobart in ECAC West Quarterfinals

Mustangs Fall to No. 6 Hobart in ECAC West Quarterfinals


GENEVA, N.Y. - Stevenson men's ice hockey junior Mike Davis scored his team leading 11th goal of the season but the Mustangs had no answer for 6th-ranked Hobart in a 6-2 loss in the ECAC West Quarterfinals Wednesday evening at The Cooler.

The sixth-seeded Mustangs (10-14-2) close out the inaugural season with 10 wins while third-seeded and two-time defending champion Hobart advances to the semifinals on Saturday, February 25 to face second-seeded Manhattanville.

It took just 2:43 for the Statesmen (18-4-4) to open the scoring as Jordan Haskell put away his own rebound after junior goaltender Jacob Caffrey was knocked to the ground. It was the fifth goal on net for the hosts in the opening minutes.

Hobart doubled its lead just 1:37 later as Bobby Sokol scored on a wrap-around goal. It is the second goal and third point for Sokol in the series versus Stevenson this season.

After the first power-play opportunity for the Mustangs expired, freshman Colton McMenamin fired a shot from the goal line after taking it from behind the net and found a way to get the puck into the back of the net from the tough angle.

Freshmen Jake Lainesse and Tyler Slusarczyk were credited with the assists.

Just 18 seconds after the second power-play opportunity for Mustangs expired in the second period, the team was whistled for a cross-checking penalty after the two team's were battling for the puck in the corner.

The hosts were unable to convert on its second power-play opportunity but scored less than a minute after it expired as Cam Shaheen's shot from the blue line got through Caffrey's pad after he made the initial save.

Hobart added a fourth goal to go up 4-1 on a rebound with 7:54 left in the second period.

The Statesmen added another score in the opening two minutes of the third period as Ben Greiner scored on a wrister to the upper right corner. Julien Denicourt made it a five-goal game after scoring on a rebound after a shot right off the face-off.

Caffrey was forced to make a split save and Denicourt was the only player there and easily put the puck into the back of the net to make it 6-1 with 13:05 left in regulation.

Stevenson called its timeout with 11:24 left in the period as the Mustangs went on a five-on-three for 58 seconds. After the first penalty expired, the Statesmen were awarded a penalty shot after a hooking call on a breakaway but Caffrey stuffed Sokol on the opportunity.

With 5:29 remaining, Hobart was whistled for a five-minute major and had two more five-on-three opportunities. Davis was finally able to score for the Mustangs on a deflection from a shot from freshman Evan Williams from the blue line.

The Mustangs finished 1-for-9 on the power-play and went a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. The Statesmen outshot Stevenson, 40-31 and won 54 of the 87 face-offs.

Caffrey finished with 34 saves.

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