HARRISVILLE, R.I. – The Stevenson women's ice hockey team scored three third period goals, including a power play goal by sophomore Monica Pozuc, as the Mustangs remained unbeaten on the year with a 4-2 victory versus Nichols Saturday afternoon at June R. Levy Rink.
With the win, the Mustangs (9-0-1) have won four straight over the Bison and have won 15 of their last 18 games dating back to last season. The team also improves to 9-1-1 under head coach Tracy Johnson when scoring four goals.
Both teams were scoreless on their lone power play opportunities in the opening period. Pozuc blocked an open shot from just inside the blue line, to keep Nichols without a shot on the player advantage.
Late in the first period, senior Jessie Capanelli had a one-on-one breakaway but her shot was knocked away by Lindsay O'Connell. Sophomore Sarah Antonelli ripped a shot in front of the blue line on the ensuing attempt giving senior McKenzie Taggart a wide open rebound attempt on the back post and a 1-0 first intermission lead.
With an assist, Capanelli has now recorded a point in nine of the team's 10 games.
The Bison (1-9-0) had two clean looks at the goal in the opening minutes of the second period, but senior Sarah Modzelewski knocked away both attempts, including a two-on-one breakaway.
With Stevenson down two players, the hosts took advantage and scored the first power play goal against the Mustangs, one second after the first penalty was released. It was also the first goal allowed in 316:18 after posting four consecutive shutouts.
The Mustangs could not convert on a 5-on-3 opportunity that spanned over the second and third period but did score their first power play goal in the last three games, on the following Bison penalty just over a minute later.
Pozuc scored her third goal of the season and second on the power play on a wrister to the top left corner over the stick side of O'Connell. Senior Katie Abbott recorded the assist.
Sophomore Chelsea Blackburn scored in her seventh game this season midway through the third period to extend the visitors lead to two on a deflection. But Nichols cut its deficit back to one just 48 seconds later as Laura Christie found a lose puck in front of the net and put it past Modzelewski. It is the first time this season Stevenson has allowed more than one goal.
Trailing by one in the final minute, the Bison pulled O'Connell for an extra skater, but Abbott beat two defenders to a lose puck and walked it in for an empty net score. It is the fifth goal for Abbott in five games versus Nichols.
The Mustangs totaled 50 shots for the fourth time this season, including 22 in the second period.
Stevenson returns to the ice after the New Year when the Mustangs host a two-game series versus Chatham beginning on Saturday, January 2. Opening face-off is scheduled for 5:15 p.m.