PAWTUCKET, R.I. - For the first time in 18 Colonial Hockey Conference contests, the Stevenson women's ice hockey team fell as the Mustangs dropped a 2-1 decision at Johnson & Wales Saturday afternoon at Blackstone Valley Sports Center.
The Mustangs (4-2, 3-1 CHC) continued their struggles on the power play, going 0-for-6 while totaling less than 30 shots for the second time this season. The team is 0-2 when failing to reach 30 shots and 1-2 when their opponent scores first.
In 18 conference games, Stevenson has only allowed nine goals but was held to one goal or fewer for just the third time. The Mustangs have outscored CHC opponents, 87-9 since the start of last season.
The Wildcats (2-3, 1-3 CHC) got on the board just 4:08 into the contest as Cassie Wakefield scored on a put back becoming the first player other than Alexis Harle to score in four contests versus the Mustangs.
But sophomore Allie Sabatini knotted the game at one just 33 seconds later on her first career goal. After stealing a pass from behind the net, Sabatini scored on a wrap-around.
After neither team got on the board in the second period, Kathy Ensor put the hosts ahead just 2:02 into the period after her shot went under the pad of freshman goalkeeper Annie Smyth-Hammond. Hammond finished with 11 saves.
The Mustangs got their sixth power play opportunity with 5:15 remaining but all three shots on net were turned away by Julia Aberg. Aberg recorded nine of her 23 saves in the final period.
Stevenson returns to action on Friday, November 18 when the Mustangs host Colonial Hockey Conference foe Endicott in the first home game of the year. The game will mark a rematch of last year's CHC Championship game that Stevenson won 2-1 in double overtime.