Blackburn Scores Five Goals, Records 50th in 13-0 Victory Over Post

Blackburn Scores Five Goals, Records 50th in 13-0 Victory Over Post

BOSTON, Mass. - Junior Chelsea Blackburn scored five times en route to the 50th goal of her career as the Stevenson ice hockey team downed Post, 13-0, in the consolation game of the 10th Annual Codfish Bowl hosted by UMass Boston Tuesday afternoon at Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.

The 13 goals by the Mustangs (7-5) is tied for the second most in program history while the team moves one win shy of the program's 60th win. Stevenson's eight goals in the third period are also tied for the most in a single period in team history.

Ten different players recorded a multi-point game while a total of 11 players recorded a point.

Just 52 seconds into the first power play opportunity for Stevenson, Blackburn took a touch pass from classmate Monica Pozuc near the red line and walked in unmarked before ripping a shot to the top shelf over the goalkeepers glove. Sophomore Maddy Ricci was also credited with an assist.

It is the seventh game of the season Blackburn has found the back of the net while the team improves to 31-1-0 all-time when she scores.

The Mustangs drew another penalty at the 16:07 mark and scored with 16 seconds remaining as sophomore Savannah Sommers picked up her first goal of the season on a rebound attempt by freshman Rachel Grewette from the point. Sophomore Cierra Siemasko had the secondary assist.

After entering the game with just three power-play goals all season, the Mustangs scored two in the opening period marking the first game with multiple power-play goals since March 5, 2016 when they totaled three in the Colonial Hockey Conference semifinals versus Becker.

Stevenson finished with 26 shots in the opening period after finishing with just 18 in the game versus Bowdoin in the opener of the Codfish Bowl.

After back-to-back shots by Blackburn, the Post goaltender could not find the puck and Pozuc was there to tap it between the goalie's legs for her third goal of the season at the 13:05 mark of the second period.

Junior Natalie Rosendahl nearly added another goal a minute later but it was called off after Rosendahl scored with her hand while falling towards the net.

The Mustangs starting stringing passes together late in the second period and freshman Jordan Pirrello and sophomore Allie Sabatini hooked up for a give-and-go for Pirrello's second career goal and first since the season opener after poking it through on the near post.

Pirrello returned the favor with 40 seconds remaining, recording the primary assist on Sabatini's goal after junior Allie Bruns carried the puck back to the center of the ice to set up the score.

With an additional 25 shots in the second period, Stevenson surpassed its single-game shot total of the season, which was 47 recorded at Becker.

Just 1:16 into the third period, Blackburn redirected a shot from Bruns to make it 6-0 before Bruns scored just her second career goal on a one-time off the post and in 2:39 later. Ricci had the secondary assist on Blackburn's goal while both Ricci and Blackburn assisted on Bruns' score.

Sophomore Cierra Siemasko scored her second goal of the season and second in the last three games as she was wide open on the back post and tapped in a pass across the crease from junior Chelsea Ellis. Rosendahl recorded the secondary assist.

Two seconds after the Mustangs killed off a penalty, Bruns scored her second goal of the game for her first career multi-goal game off a slap shot near the offensive zone face-off dot. Bruns, who entered the game with seven career points, finished with four in the game.

With 7:31 remaining, Blackburn completed her fourth career hat trick on a one-timer in front of the net on a pass from Pozuc. Just 20 seconds later, Blackburn became the first player in program to register four goals in a game and the first to reach 50 in a career.

Freshman Rachel Grewette knotted her first career goal with 4:42 remaining in the contest as her wrister from inside the blue line found the back of the net on an assist from Pozuc.

With one minute remaining in the contest, Blackburn knotted her fifth of the game and fourth of the period on a wrister that went bar-down to the far side.

The line of Blackburn, Pozuc and Ricci have totaled 22 points on eight goals and 14 assists and a combined plus-27 rating in four games together this season.

With four points in the game, Pozuc became the seventh player in program history to record 40 points in a career and is just the second active player, joining Blackburn. Meanwhile, with seven points in the game, Blackburn is now just five points shy of tying the program record of 79 assists set by McKenzie Taggart '16.

Freshman Annie Smyth-Hammond knocked away all four shots she saw in the first two periods before giving way to classmate Brittany Rose who recorded one save in her collegiate debut for the combined shutout.

The Mustangs finished with 75 shots, which ranks third in program history. The team also finished second in program history with 18 assists and 31 points.

Both Ricci and Pozuc finished with three assists, which is tied for the program record with four other players. The trio of Blackburn, Pozuc and Ricci all finished with a plus-7 rating, which is tied for the program record with two other players.

Stevenson returns to action on Friday, January 6 when the Mustangs face future United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) opponent Lebanon Valley for a home-and-home. Opening puck drop is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.