SALEM, Mass. - The junior duo of Chelsea Ellis and Natalie Rosendahl each totaled a goal and an assist as the Stevenson women's ice hockey team finished a weekend sweep over Salem State with a 4-1 victory Saturday afternoon at Rocket Arena.
The Mustangs (11-9-0, 5-3-0 CHC) maintain sole possession of third place in the Colonial Hockey Conference and are still in contention for one of the two first round byes. The team finished the weekend with 13 goals after totaling just two in its previous two games.
Ellis got the visitors on the board first after Rosendahl sent the puck towards the net with sophomore Allie Sabatini getting the initial shot on net. The puck rebounded towards the back side of the net for Ellis to tap in.
It is the first goal for Ellis in the last 10 games and is the first point for her in the last eight. She is now two goals shy of becoming the 12th player in program history to total 10.
Down the other end, sophomore goaltender Caitie Darosa kept Stevenson's lead at one as she knocked away back-to-back shots late in the opening period as a Vikings skater came in unmarked and fired two shots on net.
The Mustangs went on their second power-play just 3:35 into the second period but could not get one of their five shots on net to get past Sarah Plourde.
Just 41 seconds after the Stevenson power-play expired, the Vikings () went on their first power-play after a tripping call on Rosendahl. The hosts got just three shots off with one knocked away by Darosa and another blocked by freshman Carly McGee.
A day after scoring her first career goal and with 31 seconds remaining in the third poewr-play attempt for the Mustangs, McGee sent a wrister from inside the blue line that made it through traffic and past Plourde who was blocked in front.
Junior Allie Bruns picked up her fifth assist of the year on the score.
Following a tie-up on the face-off, junior Monica Pozuc found Rosendahl who was able to skate her way around a defender and send a wrister towards the net to put Stevenson up 3-0 with 3:11 remaining in the second period.
It is the team leading 12th assist for Pozuc, who has surpassed her previous season-high with her 18th point of the year.
Sophomore Cierra Siemasko became the fourth different scorer for the Mustangs as she tapped in a rebound on the wide-open back side at the 8:12 mark of the third period after Ellis blasted a shot from near the face-off dot. Sophomore Laura Brezinski was credited with the secondary assist.
Salem State avoided the shutout with a power-play goal as Juila Dares was able to sneak the puck inside of the near post after Darosa wasn't able to get her glove over a loose puck in front.
The Mustangs outshot the Vikings, 49-13 and won 31 of the 47 face-offs. Sabatini was 14-for-17 at the face-off dot while junior Chelsea Blackburn was 9-for-14.
Darosa finished with 12 saves while Rosendahl and Brezinski each totaled two blocked shots.
Stevenson returns to action on Friday, February 10 when the Mustangs welcome co-league leader Morrisville St. in the final regular home series. Opening puck drop is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.