REISTERSTOWN, Md. - Junior Chelsea Blackburn scored her 17th career game-winning goal as the fourth-seeded Stevenson women's ice hockey team downed fifth-seeded Johnson & Wales 2-1 in the Colonial Hockey Conference Quarterfinals Saturday evening at Reisterstown Sportsplex.
With the win, the Mustangs (14-10-1) advance to the Colonial Hockey Conference semifinals and will face top-seeded Endicott on Saturday, March 4. It will be a rematch of last seasons conference title game, which Stevenson won in double overtime.
The hosts were all over the Wildcats (9-16-1) in the opening period and broke through just 4:48 in as junior Sarah Antonelli blasted a shot from the point that beat the Goaltender of the Year, Julia Aberg. Blackburn and junior Monica Pozuc picked up the assists.
It is the third goal of the season for Antonelli who has five points over her last seven games after totaling just two through the opening 18 games. Fifteen of Antonelli's 21 career points have come on home ice while four have come against Johnson & Wales.
Meanwhile, Pozuc is now one assist shy of tying the single season record with 18 assists while also moving into sole possession of fourth place in program history with 54 points.
On the first power-play opportunity for the Wildcats, Casey Chodkowski made it count as she sent a rebound into the back of the net with 35 seconds remaining in the player advantage. The visitors finished 1-for-3 on the power-play in the game.
After Johnson & Wales was whistled for a five-minute major and disqualification, Blackburn took advantage of a five-on-three power-play for the Mustangs as her wrister from the left side of the ice went bar down over the stick side of Aberg.
With a goal and an assist in the game, Blackburn now has 90 career points and is one point shy of tying her single season mark of 33 points in a season. The Colonial Hockey Conference Player of the Year currently ranks fifth in Division III in goals per game.
Neither team found the back of the net in third period as Stevenson's defense stepped up late in the game after the Wildcats pulled Aberg. Sophomore Caitie Darosa came up with back-to-back saves before Blackburn and Ellis came up with blocks on the final two shots.
Darosa finished with 18 saves, including eight in both the second and third periods. Freshman Carly McGee recorded two of the team's six blocked shots.
The Mustangs outshot Johnson & Wales, 39-19 while dominating at the face-off dot, winning 39 of the 56. Ellis went 15-for-21 while sophomore Allie Sabatini was 10-for-14. Meanwhile, Blackburn won nine of her 10 face-offs.
Stevenson and the top-seeded Gulls will play in the first semifinal game with puck drop scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Endicott swept the Mustangs at Reisterstown Sportsplex earlier this season.
Head Coach Tracy Johnson talks about the team's CHC 1st round game with Johnson & Wales.
Stevenson Sophomore Cierra Siemasko talks about the team's CHC 1st round game with Johnson & Wales.