Mustangs Blanked in Bulldog Bowl Consolation Game Versus No. 3 Norwich

Mustangs Blanked in Bulldog Bowl Consolation Game Versus No. 3 Norwich

ADRIAN, Mich. - The Stevenson women's ice hockey team allowed four third period goals for the second straight game as the Mustangs fell to No. 3 Norwich, 7-0, in the Bulldog Bowl consolation game Saturday afternoon at Arrington Ice Arena.

The Mustangs (0-2) saw their special teams struggle for the second consecutive game as the power-play went 0-for-4 and the penalty kill units giving up two goals on four opportunities.

Stevenson took its lone timeout just 3:02 into the contest and just 1:29 later, the Mustangs went on the power-play for the first time in the game. Senior Chelsea Blackburn won the ensuing faceoff and recorded both of the team's shots on the player advantage. Blackburn led the team with seven shots and has 10 of the team's 26 through the opening two games.

On the 10th shot of the game for the Cadets (1-0-1), Amanda Conway was able to get the puck past sophomore Annie Smyth-Hammond for her third goal in the last two days. The Mustangs are 10-32-2 under head coach Tracy Johnson when opponents score first and 9-24-1 when trailing after the opening period.

The Mustangs recorded four of its seven first period shots in the final four minutes of the frame, including a shot by senior Savannah Sommers in the final minute off an offensive zone faceoff by classmate Chelsea Ellis. Stevenson was outshot 13-7 in the opening 20 minutes but won 14 of the 23 face-offs, including eight wins by Blackburn.

Norwich added to its lead early in the second period as Sophie McGovern scored from close in on assists by Sarah Schwenzfeier and Amanda Conway. McGovern and Conway were two of four Cadets to finish with a goal and an assist.

Stevenson went on the power-play for the second time with 7:34 remaining in the period but for the third time on five power-play opportunities in the opening two games were held without a shot. Just 23 seconds after the power-play ended, the Cadets scored on a third consecutive shot in close on Smyth-Hammond.

For the first time in the game, Norwich earned a power-play opportunity after a tripping call against senior Natalie Rosendahl. The Cadets recorded two shots during the player advantage but both were saved by Smyth-Hammond. Rosendahl was whistled for a second penalty just 10 seconds coming after the penalty box with 12 seconds remaining in the period. After losing the faceoff, Blackburn was able to get a shorthanded shot on net but it was knocked away by Laurie King.

With 1:48 remaining in the player advantage to start the third period, Norwich took advantage of its second power-play opportunity, finding the back of the net just 40 seconds into the period.

Late in the period, the Mustangs had two separate five-on-three, with the first one lasting just 16 seconds. On the second opportunity, Stevenson recorded four shots but could not get any of them past King.

With 54 seconds remaining in regulation, the Mustangs pulled goaltender Caitie Darosa, who took over for Smyth-Hammond at the start of the third period, for a six-on-three. But the Cadets were able to score on the empty net.

The Mustangs were outshot 39-14 but won 32 of 62 faceoffs. Blackburn won 15 faceoffs while Ellis finished with 13.

Smyth-Hammond totaled 23 saves while Darosa totaled nine.

Stevenson returns to action on Friday, November 10 when the Mustangs host a two-game series versus William Smith in a United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) contest. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.