Power Play Struggles Haunt Mustangs in CHC Loss Versus Endicott

Power Play Struggles Haunt Mustangs in CHC Loss Versus Endicott

REISTERSTOWN, Md. - The Stevenson women's ice hockey team continued its power play woes as the Mustangs saw their 16-game home unbeaten streak come to an end in a 4-0 Colonial Hockey Conference loss versus rival Endicott Friday afternoon at Reisterstown Sportsplex.

It was the first time the Mustangs (4-3-0, 3-2-0 CHC) were shutout since November 21, 2015 in what was a scoreless tie on the road at Endicott. The last time the team was shutout at home was January 18, 2014 versus third-ranked Elmira.

The Gulls (6-0-0, 5-0-0 CHC) scored twice in a 4:14 span in the opening period, breaking the score at the 11:25 mark on an even strength goal by Jade Meier, who was able to poke the puck past sophomore goaltender Caitie Darosa on a scrum in front of the net.

Stevenson fell to 8-25-1 when its opponents score first under fourth-year head coach Tracy Johnson. In comparison, the Mustangs are 43-5-1 when scoring first, including 3-0 this year.

Caroline Hughes doubled the visitors lead on the second power play opportunity of the period. It is the first power play goal the Mustangs have allowed in 25 tries after entering the game 28-for-29 ont eh penalty kill.

Stevenson had two 5-on-3 power play opportunities in the second period for 27 and 35 seconds, respectively, but could not convert. The Mustangs power play finished 0-for-6 on the day and is just 2-for-44 on the season.

Meanwhile, Endicott's penalty kill remains perfect on the year and is just one of two team's in Division III that has not allowed a power play goal. The Gulls also lead the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 0.33 goals per game.

After the Mustangs were outshot, 6-4 in the opening period, the hosts outshot the Gulls, 28-17 the rest of the way. But Vendela Jonsson was perfect in net, knocking away all 32 shots for her third shutout.

Michaela McNamara and Maggie Layo each scored in the third period to round out the scoring.

The Mustangs finished with 11 blocked shots after totaling just 22 through their first six games. Juniors Sarah Antonelli and Natalie Rosendahl each had two.

Stevenson and Endicott face off in the second of two CHC content's on Saturday, November 19 beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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