Mustangs Shutout Nazareth, Pick Up Three Points

REISTERSTOWN, Md. - The Stevenson men's ice hockey team picked up an important three points as the Mustangs posted their fourth shutout of the season with a, 3-0, United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) victory over Nazareth Friday evening at Reisterstown Sportsplex.

  • The hosts had the first scoring chance of the night as junior Nick Gray fired a shot off the post after a pass through the neutral zone by classmate Austin Swingle just 20 seconds into the contest.
  • Just a minute later, junior Justin Stelzer fired a shot on net right off a face-off win by freshman Chad Watt.
  • At the 2:24 mark, the Mustangs (9-7-6, 6-9-0 UCHC) earned the game's first power play but a shot from the left post by Swingle and a shot from the point by junior Bruce Stachitas were both saved.
  • Stevenson was whistled for its first penalty at the 11:24 mark but junior Christian Ripley netted a shorthanded goal on a breakaway, shooting top shelf over the stick of Sean Kuhn. Sophomore Aaron Murray picked up the assist with a pass from the defensive zone to Ripley in the neutral zone.
  • With 2:26 remaining, junior Dominic Brenza won an offensive zone face-off before Ripley played the puck back to junior Jake McNamara who sent a wrister to the back of the net.

  • The second period was evenly matched as both team's recorded 11 shots.
  • The Golden Flyers (9-7-6, 6-9-0 UCHC) recorded the first four shots of the frame while Stevenson was held without a shot for the opening six minutes.
  • Nazareth had the only power play attempt of the period with 3:43 remaining. Freshman Riley McVeigh stopped all three shots.

  • Ripley netted his second goal of the game on the first shot of the period just 1:16 into the period. Brenza kept the puck in the offensive zone before dishing the puck to Ripley who scored from the ice after getting tripped up.
  • The Golden Flyers recorded the next five shots but McVeigh knocked away all five shots.
  • At the 7:52 mark, the Mustangs were whistled for a penalty but McNamara blocked the only shot attempt.
  • Just 59 seconds after Stevenson killed off the penalty, the hosts went on the power play but Sean Kuhn saved the lone shot on net while the defense came up with a pair of blocked shots.

  • Stevenson outshot Nazareth, 32-24, including 16-5 in the first period.
  • Neither team scored on the power play with the Mustangs going 0-for-2 on the man advantage and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.
  • McVeigh made 24 saves for his third career shutout.
  • With the win, the Mustangs sit in sixth place in the UCHC, one point ahead of Neumann and three ahead of Lebanon Valley.
  • Stevenson improves to 3-2-1 in the series.
  • It is the first career multi-goal game for Ripley who also netted his second career shorthanded goal. The junior became the third player to record 40 points in a career.
  • For Brenza, it is his fourth multi-assist game this season. He also becomes the first player to reach 50 points in a career.
  • It is the fourth multi-assist game of the season for Murray.

  • Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, February 9 when the Mustangs host a UCHC contest versus Utica. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.