REISTERSTOWN, Md. - Stevenson men's ice hockey senior Dominic Brenza recorded a point for the fifth time in the opening six games as the Mustangs skated to a 2-2 United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) tie versus Elmira Friday evening at Reisterstown Sportsplex.
It is the second tie this season for the Mustangs (4-0-2, 4-0-1 UCHC), who remain unbeaten on the season. Stevenson, who is 3-2-3 all-time in overtime games, holds the second longest current unbeaten streak in Division III behind Augsburg's seven straight games without a loss. All three career meetings between Stevenson and Elmira have gone to overtime, with the Mustangs winning the first two.
The hosts earned the first power play of the game after a tripping penalty on the Soaring Eagles (3-3-1, 2-2-1 UCHC) eight minutes in. With 10 seconds left in the player advantage for the Mustangs, senior Mike Davis slide the puck across to classmate Doug Rose but the shot by Rose went wide. Stevenson went scoreless on the power play for the second consecutive game.
Rose got the Mustangs on the board first with his third goal of the season with 5:34 remaining in the opening period on assists from the freshmen duo of Houston Wilson and Aaron Murray. But Elmira answered just 18 seconds later as the top line of Nick Ford, Connor Powell and Matthew Cuce combined for its 15th goal and 16th and 17th assists of the season.
It is the fourth time in the last five games that Murray has dished out an assist. For Wilson, all four of his points have come at home this season.
Early in the second period, the hosts had its first of three five-on-three opportunities, this time for 39 seconds. Elmira won the ensuing face-off and the Mustangs' only shot during the two-man advantage was blocked.
The Soaring Eagles took a 2-1 lead with 5:10 remaining in the second period as Blake O'Neill fired home a shot from the blue line on the second assist of the night by Cuce. But it was the Mustangs this time who responded 1:20 later as Brenza had a breakaway down the right side and sent a wrister over the glove side of Gennaro Anzevino for an unassisted tally.
Stevenson had its second five-on-three just before the midway point of the third period for 45 seconds. The Mustangs recorded three shots, two of which were saved by Anzevino. With 4:31 left in regulation, the hosts had a two-man advantage for 50 seconds but Anzevino again came up with a pair of saves.
In the overtime period, both teams were limited to just one shot on net, which were saved by the goalies. Senior Jacob Caffrey finished with 36 saves while Anzevino totaled 32.
Elmira outshot the Mustangs, 38-34 while the hosts won 41 of the 79 face-offs.
Stevenson returns to action on Sunday, November 19 when the Mustangs travel to No. 11 Hamilton for a non-conference contest beginning at 3:00 p.m.