Ricci Scores Overtime Winner as Mustangs Down Johnson & Wales

Ricci Scores Overtime Winner as Mustangs Down Johnson & Wales

STAMFORD, Conn. - Stevenson women's ice hockey sophomore Maddy Ricci scored 2:16 into overtime as the Mustangs snapped their three-game losing streak with a 1-0 overtime victory over Johnson & Wales in a non-conference contest Friday afternoon at Chelsea Pier.

The Mustangs (5-4) improved to 4-1 over Johnson & Wales and improve to 2-0 in overtime on the season. The team has never lost in overtime, improving to 5-0-3 in extra time in four seasons under head coach Tracy Johnson and 5-0-4 in program history.

Stevenson dominated from start to finish, firing 17 shots on net in the opening period compared to just three for the Wildcats (4-6). The Mustangs also recorded 17 shots in the second period but Julia Aberg knocked all of them away. Stevenson finished with a 43-15 advantage in shots in the game.

After just six whistles in the opening 10 minutes, the teams combined for five penalties in the final 6:57 with the Mustangs going 0-for-3 and Johnson and Wales going 0-for-2. Stevenson finished 0-for-4 on the power play and is scoreless in its last four games on the player advantage.

Meanwhile, the Mustangs penalty kill held their opponent scoreless in the seventh game this season.

In the overtime period, junior Monica Pozuc controlled a face-off in the Stevenson defensive zone and carried the puck up the ice before sending it towards the net. Junior Chelsea Blackburn recorded a shot on net and Ricci was there to collect the rebound on the back door.

The Mustangs improve to 5-0 when Ricci scores while also improving to 14-1 when Blackburn records an assist and 14-4 when Pozuc dishes out an assist. It is also the sixth point for Blackburn versus Johnson & Wales and fifth for Pozuc in the five-game series.

In net, sophomore Caitie Darosa collected her sixth career shutout, knocking away all 15 shots.

Stevenson concludes the first half of the season on Saturday, December 3 when the Mustangs face future United Collegiate Hockey Conference foe Manhattanville. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.