SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
Utica is riding a five-game winning streak, outscoring its opponents, 33-4 during that stretch. The Pioneers have scored at least six goals in four games this season and have held their opponents to one goal or less, six times, including in the last five games.
The nation's third ranked scoring offense is sparked by defenseman Dalton Carter who ranks tied for 26th in Division III with 1.50 points per game. Dalton and Mikhail Bushinski shared the team with nine assists while Roman Ammirato has a team-high eight goals. Carter and Ammirato have combined for seven power play goals.
Utica has started three different goaltenders with Patrik Virtanen getting five of the starts. Gianluca Baggetta has three starts and leads the team with a 1.00 goals against average and a .939 save percentage.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN FLYERS
Nazareth has strung together back-to-back wins after dropping three of its previous four. Statistically, the Golden Flyers are in the middle of the pack in almost every major category, including tied for 40th in scoring offense.
Oliver Janzen and Ray Falso share the team lead with 10 points with Janzen holding the team lead with six goals and Falso dishing out a team best six assists. Janzen ranks tied for fourth in Division III with four power play goals. Meanwhile, Falso is one of the top scoring rookies.
Nazareth's special teams have been up and down this season with the power play operating at 18.6 percent while the penalty kill is working at 18.8 percent. The Golden Flyers have scored a power play goal in six of their ten games while their opponents have also scored a special teams goal in six games.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
After being home for six of the first 10 games, including three straight, the Mustangs hit the road for a pair of conference games to end the first semester. Stevenson is 2-1-1 away from Reisterstown Sportsplex this season and have been outscored 9-7. The team has posted one shutout while also being shutout once. Senior Mike Davis has 18 points in 18 road games in a Stevenson uniform on 10 goals and eight assists. Meanwhile, classmates Jordan Watt has 17 points in 18 games (four goals, 13 assists) and Doug Rose has 10 points (four goals, six assists) on the road.
LAST SEASON VERSUS UTICA
Stevenson dropped both meetings versus Utica last season, with the Pioneers being ranked at No. 9 in the first meeting. The Pioneers outshot the Mustangs, 63-55 and won 74 of the 130 face-offs. Utica went 2-for-10 on the power play while Stevenson was 1-for-13. Roman Ammirato recorded three points in the two games while Anthony McVeigh totaled four on two goals and two assists.
LAST SEASON VERSUS NAZARETH
The Mustangs posted a 4-3 victory in last season's series opener behind three power play goals and 45 saves from senior Jacob Caffrey. Stevenson went 3-for-6 on the power play in that game while Nazareth was held to 1-for-7. The Golden Flyers however, go the better of the Mustangs in the second game, posting a 6-1 victory behind three power play goals of their own. For Nazareth, Austin Romzek recorded five points on three goals and two assists in the two-game series.
THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
When the Mustangs score at least three goals, the team is 12-2-1 over the first two seasons, including, 4-1-0 this season. In comparison, Stevenson is 3-15-2, including 1-2-2 this season, when being held to two goals or less. In 18 road games in program history, the Mustangs have been held to two goals or less in 12 of those games, including shutout twice. Meanwhile, Stevenson has scored four or more goals in the other six games.
PLAYING WITH A LEAD
Stevenson is 13-1-2 in program history, including 5-1-2 this season, when scoring the game's first goal, with the lone loss coming last week versus Neumann. Senior Jordan Watt has scored six of the game's first goals in his Mustang career. The Mustangs are 6-0-1 when leading at the first intermission and 12-0-1 when leading after the second period.
When the Mustangs take on 10th-ranked Utica, it will be the seventh game in program history Stevenson will face a ranked opponent. The team is winless in the previous six games, having been outscored 28-9. The Mustangs have been held to two or fewer goals in all six of those games, having been shutout once. Stevenson has also allowed six goals in three of those games.
SPECIAL TEAMS SHOWDOWN
Utica and Stevenson are the top two teams in the conference in both power play and penalty kill, with the Pioneers ranking first in both categories. The Mustangs power play unit started hot, scoring 12 goals in the first four games. Since, the team has just two power play goals over the last six games. Utica has a power play goal in every game but two this season.
Davis is 12 points shy of 100 for his career.
Rose is four points shy of 50 for his career.
Watt is four assists shy of tying the single season record with 14 assists.