REISTERSTOWN, Md. - Stevenson men's ice hockey senior Jordan Watt set a program record with four points on two goals and two assists as the Mustangs cruised to a 7-1 United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) victory over Chatham Saturday evening at Reisterstown Sportsplex.
The Mustangs (2-0-1, 2-0-0 UCHC) matched the program record with seven goals, which they also recorded a day ago versus Lebanon Valley. All three seven-goal games have come on home ice. Meanwhile, the team netted three power play goals, increasing the team's power play total to nine just three games into the season.
After the Cougars (0-2-0, 0-2-0 UCHC) were whistled for a penalty just 1:30 into the contest, senior Mike Davis made them pay with a power play goal just 11 seconds into the player advantage. Sophomore Dominic Brenza won the offensive zone face-off to Watt who found Davis across the ice for the quick tally. Both Watt and Brenza have recorded a point in all three games while Davis scored on the power play for the second consecutive game.
Watt recorded his first goal of the season with 15 seconds remaining in Stevenson's second power play opportunity. He was assisted by both Brenza, who won the face-off, and freshman defender Aaron Murray. It is the second multi-assist game for Brenza this season after totaling two assists in the season opener.
Chatham got back within one as Clay Plyer scored an unassisted tally at the 11:53 mark of the opening period but sophomore Nick Bohatiuk recorded his first goal of the season just 2:54 later on assists from sophomore Xavier Abdella and Jivan Sidhu. It is the first career point for Abdella.
The second period began much like the first with Davis getting an early tally. Just 2:25 into the period, Davis fired home a quick pass from Watt after Watt controlled the puck in the neutral zone before sliding a pass over to Davis for a slapshot that got past Trever Ralph. After the goal Ralph was replaced by Matt Calas.
Sophomore Colin Woods got in on the scoring off an assist from freshman Carl Lyden just past the midway point of the second period. It is the first goal of the season for Woods and fourth of his career.
At the midway point of the third period, sophomore Nick Gray became the 11th player to score a goal this season with a power play strike on assists from sophomore defenders Bruce Stachitas and Alfred Panelin-Borg. It is already the fourth point of the season for Stachitas who had three all of last season.
Watt rounded out the scoring with his second goal of the night on the third assist by Brenza with 2:18 remaining in regulation. Watt is the first player in program history to record four points in a game. Meanwhile, Brenza is just the second player in program history to record three assists in a game, with Woods recording the first in the inaugural game last season.
The Mustangs outshot the Cougars, 43-20 and finished 3-for-8 on the power play and a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill. Stevenson remains just one of three teams to have not allowed a power play goal this season.
Brenza finished 16-for-24 at the face-off dot while sophomore Colton McMenamin went 10-for-15.
Stevenson returns to action on Friday, November 10 when the Mustangs travel to face King's (Pa.) in a UCHC and Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) contest. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.