Mustangs Blank Golden Eagles

Mustangs Blank Golden Eagles

BROCKPORT, N.Y. - The Stevenson men's ice hockey team posted a combined shutout by freshman Riley McVeigh and junior Dustyn Moyer, while freshman Chad Watt and junior Bruce Stachitas each found the back of the net as the Mustangs blanked SUNY Brockport, 2-0, in non-conference action on Friday night at the Tuttle North Ice Arena.

  • Brockport (8-5-1) posted the first shot on goal when Jake Colosanti fired one that was steered away by McVeigh. The rebound skipped out to Jordan Renaud who had his blast swallowed up by the keeper 4:10 into the contest.
  • Stevenson (6-9-0) was on the board just 3:39 later after an offensive zone face-off was won back by junior Austin Swingle to classmate Evan Williams. Williams fed the puck to fellow junior Chris Javens with the ensuing pass leading to freshman Chad Watt firing his shot beyond the reach of Jake Moore for the 1-0 lead at 7:39.
  • With 11 minutes remaining, the Mustangs were buzzing around Moore but attempts by juniors Justin Stelzer and Colin Woods as well a blast from sophomore Oleg Potemkin were all denied by Moore to keeping the visitors lead at one.
  • Stevenson tried to add onto the advantage with under a minute to go but after the face-off win, the shot from the point by Stachitas was saved by Golden Eagles netminder leaving it 1-0 at the end of one.

  • The home side looked to knot the score early in period two as they went up two men in the first five minutes but McVeigh stopped all four shots he faced.
  • At the 11:29 mark, with the Mustangs on a four-on-three power play, Stachitas took advantage just 16 seconds into the power play as the junior lit the lamp on a dish from Woods to make it, 2-0.   
  • The Golden Eagles looked to pull one back towards the end of the frame as they went a man-up with 1:34 remaining but their only shot with 30 seconds left in the period was saved by McVeigh.

  • Stevenson went back on the power play just 31 seconds into the period but the guests could not muster a shot on Moore.
  • Brockport went back to the power play at 6:31 but were unable to solve McVeigh who put up a brick wall, knocking away four shots during the two minutes.
  • The Golden Eagles brought Moore to the bench for the extra skater with 2:44 left and at the same time the Mustangs replaced McVeigh in net with Moyer.
  • With 1:44 remaining in regualtion, the hosts had a six-on-three advantage, with the extra skater, but Moyer made three saves before adding another two during six-on-four play. Williams recorded a blocked shot during the penalty kill.

  • Brockport outshot Stevenson, 28-19.
  • The Mustangs went 1-for-5 on the power play and 7-for-7 on the penalty kill.
  • The victory snapped a six-game losing streak for Stevenson and gave the Mustangs a 2-1-0 series lead versus Brockport.
  • The win is the the first win for the Mustangs on Friday this season while improving to 5-1-0 when scoring the game's first goal.
  • For Watt, it was goal number two, while Stachitas picked up his thrid marker.

  • Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, January 12 when the Mustangs travel to No. 2 Geneseo for a non-conference contest beginning at 3:00 p.m.
  • The team returns home on Friday, January 25 when the Mustangs host an United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) and Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) contest versus King's (Pa.) beginning at 7:00 p.m.