Gray Nets Third Goal in Mustangs Setback at Fredonia

Gray Nets Third Goal in Mustangs Setback at Fredonia

FREDONIA, N.Y. - Stevenson men's ice hockey junior Nick Gray netted his third goal of the season while classmate Dominic Brenza dished out his team leading ninth assist but Fredonia scored once in each period as the Mustangs dropped a 3-1 non-conference contest Friday evening at Steele Hall Ice Arena.

  • Just 1:22 into the contest, the Mustangs (5-8) were whistled for a penalty but Fredonia did not manage any shots on net as the lone shot was blocked by junior Bruce Stachitas.
  • The Blue Devils (9-2-2) took a 1-0 lead at the 7:13 mark as Ryan Dunn knocked in the puck on an empty net after a bounce off the back of the boards. Freshman Riley McVeigh went to play the puck behind the net but the puck bounced off the post and right to the stick of Dunn.
  • Midway through the opening period, Stevenson went on the power play for the first time but the lone shot on net by freshman Ryan Patrick was saved.
  • With 2:35 left, the Mustangs went back on the power play and needed just 25 seconds to find the back of the net. Gray finished a one-timer on a pass across the front of the net by Brenza. Freshman Luke Benitez recorded the secondary assist.

  • The second period began much like the first with the Mustangs going to the box in the opening two minutes. McVeigh came up with a save on the lone shot while Stachitas recorded a shorthanded shot that was blocked.
  • Just two seconds after the power play ended, Jasper Korican-Barlay finished a rebound after sophomore Matt Cappucci blocked a shot in front of the net.
  • Twenty-three seconds after the goal, Fredonia was whistled for a face-off violation but it was the Blue Devils who recorded the first two shots, shorthanded. Stachitas recorded two shots on the power play but both were saved.
  • With 2:55 remaining in the frame, Stevenson went to the penalty box for the third time but Brenza came up with a blocked shot on the only shot attempt.

  • The Mustangs recorded the first three shots to start the period, including a pair by junior Colin Woods.
  • Woods went to the penalty box at the 9:29 mark and the Blue Devils capitalized as Charlie Manley beat McVeigh with a wrister from the point.
  • Stevenson went on its fourth power play of the game just past the midway point of the period but both shots on net were saved with another three shots blocked.
  • With 1:50 left, the Mustangs pulled McVeigh in favor for an extra skater but the visitors managed just one shot before having to put McVeigh back in the cage following an icing call. Freshman Jarrod Vroman recorded a shot with 12 seconds remaining.

  • Stevenson outshot Fredonia, 40-30, while both teams were 1-for-4 on the power play. The Bliue Devils held a slight 36-34 edge in face-off wins.
  • It is the first win for the Blue Devils in five all-time meetings and it is the first contest between the two teams that has not gone to overtime.
  • Fredonia, who is receiving votes in the latest USCHO Top 15 Poll, is unbeaten in 10 of its last 11 games.
  • Gray has four points on two goals and two assists in three games versus the Blue Devils. Brenza has five assists in five games.
  • McVeigh finished with 27 saves in net.

  • Stevenson concludes its two-game non-conference series versus Fredonia on Saturday, January 5. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
  • The Mustangs return home on Friday, January 25 when the team hosts an United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) and Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) contest versus King's beginning at 7:00 p.m.