PAWTUCKET, R.I. - Highlighted by the first career goal by sophomore Laura Brezinski, the Stevenson women's ice hockey team posted its fourth straight victory with a 3-1 Colonial Hockey Conference win over Johnson & Wales Friday evening at Blackstone Valley Sports Center.
The Mustangs (4-1, 3-0 CHC) extended their 17-game unbeaten streak in the Colonial Hockey Conference while improving to 3-0 all-time versus Johnson & Wales. Stevenson, who outshot the Wildcats, 43-25, have recorded at least 40 shots in three consecutive games.
After the visitors killed off their 18th straight penalty, sophomore Caitie Darosa came up with one of her 24 saves as Kathryn Mason had an uncontested breakaway. Darosa made two breakaway saves in the opening period.
Stevenson had not converted on its last eight power-play attempts and came into the game just 1-for-27 on the player advantage, but the Mustangs made it count on their first opportunity of the game as junior Monica Pozuc scored her first of the year.
Pozuc was looking to put the puck on net from near the goal line and it got behind Wildcats goalkeeper Kami Weiner. It is the second goal in three career games versus Johnson & Wales (1-3, 0-3 CHC) for Pozuc who has totaled two goals and two assists.
On the third power play opportunity of the game for Stevenson, Alexis Harle found herself on a breakaway for the Wildcats and finished an unassisted shorthanded tally over the glove side of Darosa. Harle is the only Johnson & Wales player to score against the Mustangs in three all-time meetings.
It is the first shorthanded goal the Mustangs have allowed since February 6, 2015 breaking a streak of 35 games without a shorthanded goal against.
Stevenson had a power play advantage for 4:52 straight as Johnson & Wales was whistled for five penalties in the second period, but the visitors could not convert. The visitors put seven shots on net but they were all saved by Weiner.
The Mustangs reclaimed the lead with 3:10 remaining in the second period as Brezinski fired a shot from the point that got past Weiner low on her glove side.
With a player in the box for both teams, junior Chelsea Blackburn added an insurance goal with 7:20 remaining in the third period as she played the puck off the board to herself and beat both the Johnson & Wales defense and Weiner for the score. Freshman Jordan Pirrello was credited with an assist.
Blackburn has scored in five goals in a four game span, having scored in all four of those games. She also added her fourth goal against the Wildcats.
The Mustangs finished 1-for-5 on the power play and a perfect 6-for-6 on the penalty kill. Meanwhile, Pirrello totaled 14 of the team's 29 face offs while freshman Rachel Grewette totaled two blocked shots.
Weiner finished with 40 saves and has totaled 166 saves in the three meetings.
Stevenson and Johnson & Wales conclude the two-game series on Saturday, November 12. Puck drop is scheduled for 4:10 p.m.