Blackburn Nets Hat-Trick, Mustangs Post School Record Eight Goals in CHC Opener

Blackburn Nets Hat-Trick, Mustangs Post School Record Eight Goals in CHC Opener

REISTERSTOWN, Md. - Highlighted by the third career hat-trick by sophomore Chelsea Blackburn, the Stevenson women's ice hockey team posted a school record eight goals in an 8-1 victory over Becker in the inaugural Colonial Hockey Conference contest Saturday evening at Reisterstown Sportsplex.

The Mustangs (3-0, 1-0 CHC) also set a school record with 12 assists, 55 shots and two shorthanded goals in a game while tying the program record with five goals in a period.

Senior Jessie Capanelli and Blackburn scored back-to-back shorthanded goals in a 55 second period in the first 3:42 of the game. Stevenson has scored three shorthanded goals through three games this season, setting a program record after totaling two in each of the last two seasons.

The first goal of the year by senior Katie Abbott pushed the Mustangs lead to three under eight minutes into the opening period on assists by sophomore Monica Pozuc and senior Megan Alexander.

Senior Madison Lange then scored back-to-back goals to round out the first period scoring while freshman Maddy Ricci picked up her first career point with an assist. Ricci finished the game with two assists. It is the second time Stevenson has scored five goals in a period, the first coming on January 24, 2015 when the Mustangs scored five in the third period versus Sacred Heart.

Blackburn scored the lone goal of the second period on an assist from Abbott as the two teams combined for seven penalties. The Hawks (0-3, 0-1 CHC) were 0-for-4 on the power play while Stevenson finished 0-for-8.

Sophomore Chelsea Ellis extended the Mustangs lead to seven, 9:15 into the third period before Gina Beth Manganiello put Becker on the board just 32 seconds later.

With 50 seconds remaining in the third period, Blackburn scored her third goal of the game on assists from Pozuc and sophomore Sarah Antonelli. With her three goals, Blackburn is now tied with senior McKenzie Taggart with 24 goals in a career.

Meanwhile, Antonelli finished with a plus-six rating, which ties the school record set by Pozuc last season in a 7-2 victory versus Nichols. Eight different Mustangs finished with at least a plus-three rating, including senior Sydney Hughes who recorded a plus-four.

Senior Sarah Modzelewski finished with 11 saves while her counterpart Julia Johnson totaled 47.

Stevenson returns to action on Sunday, November 8 when the Mustangs host a Colonial Hockey Conference contest versus Becker beginning at 3:45 p.m.