UTICA, N.Y. - Stevenson men's ice hockey sophomore Colton McMenamin scored his third goal in the last four games but Utica scored with 2:16 remaining in overtime as the 10th-ranked Pioneers escaped with a 2-1 United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) victory Friday evening at Utica Auditorium.
It was the seventh game the Mustangs (5-4-2, 4-2-1 UCHC) have played against a ranked opponent with the team going winless in those games. Stevenson has been held to two goals or fewer in all seven of those games.
Neither team found the back of the net in the opening two periods with both teams having power play opportunities. The Pioneers (9-2-0, 5-2-0 UCHC) went on the power play first with 1:15 remaining in the first period but Stevenson did not allow a shot. Just 18 seconds after the hosts power play ended, the Mustangs went on the power play but they were held to just one shot.
The hosts got on the board 3:51 into the third period as Gregg Burmaster scored on assists from Conor Landrigan and Brett Szajner. McMenamin tied the game with 5:17 remaining in regulation on assists by sophomore Justin Stelzer and Colin Woods.
In overtime, the Mustangs recorded the first three shots before the Pioneers scored on their lone shot of the extra frame as Jacob Gerson got the puck past Caffrey for the game-winner.
Utica outshot the Mustangs, 48-30, including 18-8 in the third period. The Pioneers also won 41 of the 73 face-offs.
Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, December 9 when the Mustangs travel to Nazareth for a UCHC contest beginning at 4:00 p.m.