Nov 09, 2017
SCOUTING THE HERONS
William Smith entered its fourth season with a pair of shutouts versus Salve Regina. Nine different players scored a goal in the season opening wins while 15 players registered a point. Senior Krista Federow led the team with six points on three goals and three assists.
The Herons lead Division III in scoring offense and scoring defense, averaging 6.5 goals per game. William Smith is 2-for-11 on the power play and has killed off all six shorthanded situations. The team is tied for the fewest penalty minutes per game in the nation.
Williams Smith is averaging 61.0 shots per game while allowing just 12.0 against. In net, Maggie Salmon has recorded 24 saves for a perfect save percentage.
The Herons have not posted a winning season in their first three years, posting an 18-48-9 program record.
HOME SWEET HOME
Stevenson opens its home slate with its first two of 11 home games. The Mustangs are 25-10-2 on home ice under fifth-year head coach Tracy Johnson. The team is 17-4 at Reisterstown Sportsplex over the last two seasons, averaging 2.5 goals per game during that time. Defensively, the Mustangs are allowing just 1.5 goals per game and have posted seven home shutouts over the last two years.
The Mustangs are 16-8-2 in the month of November under Johnson, including 13-4-1 over the last three years. The team is 9-2-1 all-time at home during the month of November, with the only two losses coming last year versus Endicott. Senior Chelsea Blackburn has scored in 14 of 18 career games in the month of November, totaling 22 points on 18 goals and four assists.
THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
The Mustangs increase their chances of winning when scoring at least three goals and taking at least 30 shots. All-time, the team is 50-4-2 when scoring three or more goals, compared to 16-49-3 when being held to two goals or less. The team is a perfect 23-0-0 all-time when scoring at least five goals and 16-2-1 when scoring four. All 23 games when scoring five or more goals have come under head coach Tracy Johnson.
When taking at least 30 shots, the Mustangs are 44-11-3 under Johnson and just 17-29-1 when being held to under 30 shots.
The senior class has an unbeatable track when any of the eight classmates show up on the scoresheet. The group is a combined 80-4-3 when anyone of the eight score a goal and 95-13-1 when dishing out an assist. When they have a positive plus-minus rating, they are a combined 173-18-3.
OVERTIME IS MUSTANG TIME
Stevenson has never lost an overtime game in program history, posting a 5-0-4 record. The Mustangs are 3-0-0 in overtime this season, with two of those wins coming on the road. Last season, the team scored in all sorts of fashion in the extra period, including the last with 6.9 seconds remaining. Stevenson also posted an overtime win just 29 seconds in as well as 2:44 into the period.
Blackburn is nine points shy of 100 for her career.
Pozuc is five assists shy of becoming the second player to record 40 in a career.
Chelsea Ellis is one goal shy of becoming the 12th player to reach 10 in a career.
MUSTANGS PICKED TO FINISH FOURTH IN INAUGURAL UCHC
Stevenson earned 45 points in the inaugural United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) Preseason Poll. The Mustangs were five points ahead of fifth place William Smith. Elmira earned all eight first-place votes with Utica and Manhattanville ranked second and third, respectively.
The Mustangs were picked to finish second in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC), which will crown a regular season champion based on the best record of the four teams in the conference.