REISTERSTOWN, Md. - Stevenson women's ice hockey junior Chelsea Blackburn scored four times as the Mustangs erased a 3-1 second period deficit to post a 6-4 Colonial Hockey Conference victory over Morrisville St. Friday afternoon at Reisterstown Sportsplex.
With the win, the Mustangs (12-9-0, 6-3-0 CHC) move one game out of a two-way tie with Morrisville for one of the two first-round playoff byes. Stevenson, who has won three straight and improves to 3-0-0 versus Morrisville, currently has sole possession of third place.
The visiting Mustangs (17-4,-1, 7-2-0 CHC) controlled the puck possession early but it was the hosts who recorded the first five shots. Morrisville was the first to get on the scoreboard, putting two goals in the back of the net in a 3:05 span.
Stevenson answered late in the period as sophomore Maddy Ricci was able to poke one in the net with 1:25 remaining. The defensive pair of junior Sarah Antonelli and sophomore Laura Brezinski picked up the assists. It was the first goal for Ricci in her last 12 games.
Morrisville regained its two-goal lead just 3:59 into the second period, but the hosts responded with five straight goals, including three in the second. A power-play goal by Antonelli got the Mustangs back within one before Blackburn finished a cross ice pass from freshman Jordan Pirrello.
Junior Monica Pozuc picked up one of her three assists on the game-tying goal as the line of Blackburn, Pirrello and Pozuc finished with eight points. The trio, who has been paired together for three straight games and 10 overall, has combined for 32 points and a plus-24 rating.
A late goal by Blackburn in the second period gave the hosts its first lead of the day as Stevenson went into the second intermission with a 4-3 lead.
It took just 40 seconds into the third period for Blackburn to finish her third hat trick of the season and sixth of her career as she gave the hosts a two-goal lead. Pozuc and freshman Rachel Grewette picked up assists on the score.
The Mustangs then scored a five-on-three goal, the fourth consecutive score by Blackburn who buried a rebound off a shot from junior Natalie Rosendahl. With her power-play score, Blackburn is now tied for the program record with 13 power-play goals in a career.
Morrisville got one goal back with 7:23 remaining in the third period but was able to just get five shots on net following the score, with all five coming on the power-play.
Stevenson committed its first penalty of the game with 3:48 remaining in regulation and were forced to kill off a five-on-three situation for 42 seconds. The Mustangs penalty kill was perfect on the day as sophomore Annie Smyth-Hammond stopped all five shots on net.
With her four goals, Blackburn broke her own single season goal record as she now has 21 on the season. She holds the top three records as she scored 20 goals as a rookie and 19 goals in her sophomore campaign.
Blackburn, who broke the program's point record a weekend ago, is now in the race for 100 career points. With four points tonight, she is now 15 points shy of the milestone with three regular season games remaining.
Meanwhile, Pozuc moves into second place in program history with 33 assists and is chasing McKenzie Taggart '16 who holds the record with 48.
Smyth-Hammond finished with 18 saves in the second and third periods after taking over for sophomore Caitie Darosa who totaled seven in the opening period.
The Mustangs outshot Morrisville, 32-29 and won 36 of the 53 face-offs. Blackburn was 14-for-18 at the face-off dot while sophomore Allie Sabatini was 11-for-17 and junior Chelsea Ellis went 11-for-18. Blackburn also had three of the team's six blocked shots.
Stevenson hosts Morrisville in the second of a two-game series on Saturday, February 11 beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Head Coach Tracy Johnson talks about the team's performance in the first game of a 2-game series with Morrisville State.
Stevenson Junior Chelsea Blackburn talks about her and the team's performance this evening against Morrisville State.