PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Stevenson men's ice hockey sophomore Alfred Panelin-Borg and freshman Carl Lyden each record a goal and an assist as the Mustangs erased a one-goal deficit to post a 3-2 United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) victory versus Chatham Saturday evening at Frozen Pond Arena.
The Mustangs (7-6-6, 5-2-3 UCHC) are currently in a tie for second place in the conference with Manhattanville as both teams have 13 points, one ahead of Lebanon Valley and just one behind first place Utica. The win was also just the third in 24 games when Stevenson's opponent scores first.
Chatham drew the first power play opportunity of the game midway through the opening period and recorded two shots but both were saved by senior Jacob Caffrey. With nine seconds left on the Mustangs penalty kill, the Cougars were whistled for a penalty of their own. Stevenson had 1:51 of power play but did not record any shots on net as the hosts recorded five blocked shots.
Just 37 seconds after killing off the penalty, Chatham took a 1-0 lead, which the Cougars carried into intermission. Both teams had a second power play opportunity in the first period, with the hosts power play carrying into the second. Sophomore Colton McMenamin had a shorthanded opportunity late in the opening period as his shot hit off the pipe.
After the Mustangs killed off their third shorthanded situation, Lyden found the back of the net on assists from sophomores Nick Gray and Dominic Brenza. Lyden, who has a goal in three of his last four games, extends his point streak to five games. Both Gray and Brenza had their five-game point streak snapped in last nights game at Lebanon Valley but each have 10 points in their last seven games.
Late in the second period, sophomore Nick Bohatiuk made it 2-0 just six seconds after the power play expired on assists from Lyden and Panelin-Borg. After missing the last nine games, Bohatiuk picks up his first point since the first meeting versus Chatham on November 4. It is the third multi-point game of the season for Lyden.
Just past the midway point of the third period, Panelin-Borg netted his first goal of the season with an unassisted tally. It is only the second unassisted goal of the season for the Mustangs after sophomore Christian Ripley scored unassisted last night. After recording two points going into the weekend, Panelin-Borg finished with three points in two games on one goal and two assists.
With 3:56 remaining in regulation, the Cougars cut their deficit to one with an even strength goal. Neither team scored on the power play as Stevenson went 0-for-6 while Chatham finished 0-for-7.
The hosts pulled goaltender Trever Ralph in favor of an extra skater with 1:20 remaining but Caffrey stopped both shots on net while Gray came up with a blocked shot in the final minute of play. The Mustangs had eight blocked shots with Brenza and freshman Aaron Murray each recording two.
Chatham outshot the Mustangs, 33-28, including 16-10 in the final period, while also winning 41 of the 71 face-offs. Caffrey finished with 31 saves while Ralph totaled 25.
Stevenson returns to action on Friday, January 26 when the Mustangs host a UCHC and Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) contest versus King's (Pa.). Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.