Mustangs Get Back in Win Column, Down Canton, 4-1

REISTERSTOWN, Md. - The Stevenson men's ice hockey team had 10 different players record a point, including four different goal scores all coming in the second period, the Mustangs snapped their six-game winless streak with a 4-1 non-conference victory over Canton Wednesday afternoon at Reisterstown Sportsplex.

It is the second time in program history the Mustangs (6-4-5) have scored four goals in a period after the team scored four third period goals in last year's 4-3 victory over Buffalo State on November 26. The win also avenges a 6-2 loss on the road at Canton a season ago.

The hosts had plenty of scoring opportunities in the opening period, including a shot by senior Doug Rose that hit off the post with five seconds remaining in the Mustangs first power play chance of the game. Classmate Jordan Watt slid the puck across to Rose whose shot hit off the near post and across the goal line. Rose later had a shorthanded scoring opportunity on the Kangaroo's power play opportunity but Michael Cerasuolo came up with one of his 10 first period saves.

Late in the opening period, Watt had a scoring chance of his own as sophomore Christian Ripley centered the puck to him but his slap shot in front hit off the pads of Cerasuolo.

Watt got Stevenson on the board with his third goal of the season just 5:51 into the second period after Ripley won the offensive zone face-off back to sophomore Xavier Abdella who found Watt along the boards. Watt, standing near the face-off dot, ripped a shot to the far upper right corner for his first goal since November 4. Meanwhile, it is the second point in the last three games for Abdella who entered this season with just one point.

After a pair of minors were assessed to J.P. Langlois, sophomore Jivan Sidhu made him pay with his second power play goal of the season. After sophomore Dominic Brenza threw the puck towards the net from behind the cage, sophomore Nick Gray and freshmen Carl Lyden were both in front poking at the puck before it bounced towards the left face-off dot to the stick of Sidhu who just fired it back towards the net off a Canton defender.

Sidhu has three points in his last four games while Gray has four in his last three. Brenza picked up his team leading 11th assist of the season.

With 3:41 remaining in the second period, the Kangaroos (3-11-2) won an offensive zone face-off and fired a shot wide that curled along the boards to the stick of Lyden. Lyden played the puck ahead to Gray who quickly hit the puck forward for Brenza. Brenza skated behind the cage and fired a shot towards the net that hit off the skate of a Canton defender to push the Mustangs lead to three.

It is the fifth multi-point game of the season for Brenza while Lyden picks up his third assist in as many games.

Stevenson added one more in the second period, this one coming with 0:51 seconds remaining, it was freshman Houston Wilson who took behind the back of the cage and tried to wrap it around. Both sophomore Austin Swingle and freshman Liam Walsh were poking at it before Walsh finally got it past the pad of Cerasuolo. Walsh has a goal in three straight games.

Early in the third period, Canton avoided the shutout with an even strength goal just as a 5-on-3 power play opportunity expired. Josh Sova carried the puck across and fired a shot to the upper left corner of the net.

Senior Jacob Caffrey finished with 24 saves and has stopped 112 of the last 118 shots he has faced.

The Mustangs outshot the Kangaroos, 36-25, including 21-3 in the second period. The hosts finished 1-for-5 on the power play while killing off all five shorthanded situations. Canton won 37 of the 65 face-offs.

Stevenson returns to action on Friday, January 12 when the Mustangs host a non-conference contest versus Brockport beginning at 7:00 p.m.