ELMIRA, N.Y. - For the ninth time this season, the Stevenson men's ice hockey went to overtime as the Mustangs finished in a 2-2 overtime United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) tie versus Elmira Saturday evening at Murray Athletic Center. It is the fourth overtime game in the four-game series.
The nine overtime games by the Mustangs (9-6-7, 7-2-4 UCHC) ranks tied for sixth in Division III history, just two shy of the record set in 1998. Stevenson is 0-2-7 in overtime games this season and 3-4-8 over the first two seasons.
Despite the Soaring Eagles (12-8-3, 7-4-2 UCHC) taking five of the first six shots, it was the visitors who found the back of the net first as freshman Liam Walsh found the back of the net for the fourth time this season on assists from senior Jordan Watt and sophomore Jivan Sidhu. All four of Walsh's goals have come over his last six games while Watt picked up an assist in his third straight game.
Just 57 seconds later, Elmira tied the game at 1-1 as Connor Powell scored right off a face-off win by Matthew Cuce. Both Powell and Cuce entered the weekend ranked tied for 15th in Division III for points per game.
With 1:52 remaining in the opening period, the Mustangs retook a one-goal lead with a goal by sophomore Colin Woods on assists by classmate Justin Stelzer and freshman Aaron Murray. Woods has a pair of goals over his last three games while Murray picks up his seventh assist of the season and first point over his last six games. Stelzer has three points in seven games this season.
Stevenson edged out the hosts in shot in the opening period, 13-11 while both teams went scoreless on their one power play attempt.
The Soaring Eagles needed just 1:20 into the second period to retie the game as Spencer MacLean collected his own rebound off a save by senior Jacob Caffrey. Just 2:34 later, Elmira went on the power play for the first of two times in the middle frame, but all eight shots on net during the man advantage were saved by Caffrey.
The visitors went on the power play with 3:26 remaining in the period but all three shots were saved by goaltender Gennaro Anzevino. In the last minute of play, each team had a scoring opportunity as sophomore Colton McMenamin stole the puck deep in the offensive zone and got a shot attempt on net before the Soaring Eagles had an open look on net with Caffrey playing the hero.
Neither team found the back of the net in the third period, with Elmira holding a 10-3 advantage in shots. The Mustangs had an opportunity late in regulation as freshman Carl Lyden sent a centering pass to sophomore Nick Gray but Gray could not get a handle on the puck.
In the overtime period, both teams recorded two shots but the goalies kept all four shots in front. Caffrey and the Stevenson defense closed out the game as the Soaring Eagles maintained possession for the final minute of the game. Caffrey finished with 35 saves.
Elmira held a 37-26 edge in shots while both teams finished 0-for-3 on the power play.
Stevenson returns to action on Friday, February 9 when the Mustangs host a UCHC contest versus 10th-ranked Utica. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.