ROCHESTER, N.Y. - For the second straight game, the Stevenson men's ice hockey team erased a deficit and forced overtime as sophomore Jivan Sidhu scored his third goal of the season as the Mustangs tied Nazareth, 1-1, in United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) play Saturday afternoon at Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex.
The Mustangs (5-4-3, 4-2-2 UCHC) finished the first half of the season winless in their last four games but have held their last three opponents to two goals or less. It was also the fourth overtime game for Stevenson this season, with three of them ending in ties.
Neither team found the back of the net in the first period with both teams going scoreless on their one power play attempt. The Mustangs went on the power play just 6:54 into the opening period and fired two shots on net but Michael Tilford knocked away both. On the Golden Flyers (6-5-1, 5-2-1 UCHC) lone power play attempt of the period, senior Jacob Caffrey saved the only shot on net.
The visitors went on the power play with 56 seconds remaining in the period that carried over into the second period but the Mustangs were whistled for a penalty of their own just 38 seconds into the period. Nazareth went on the power play for 1:34 and scored with 39 seconds remaining in the player advantage when Ray Falso, one of the top scoring rookies, found the back of the net.
Stevenson answered 6:31 later when Sidhu scored on assists from sophomore Christian Ripley and senior Doug Rose. Ripley has a point in four of his last five games while Sidhu has scored all three of his career goals this season.
The Mustangs went on the power play three times in the third period and were not able to convert on any of those attempts as Stevenson took a penalty while on the power play with two seconds remaining in regulation.
Nazareth outshot the Mustangs, 3-2 in the overtime period while Stevenson outshot the Golden Flyers, 39-25 for the game. The visitors won 35 of the 62 face-offs with Ripley and sophomore Dominic Brenza each winning 10.
Caffrey finished with 24 saves while Tilford totaled 38.
Stevenson is not back in action until after the New Year when the Mustangs travel to Fredonia for a two-game series beginning on Friday, January 5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.