REISTERSTOWN, Md. - Stevenson women's ice hockey seniors Savannah Sommers and Chelsea Blackburn scored their first goals of the season as the Mustangs skated to a 2-2 overtime tie in a United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) contest versus William Smith Saturday evening at Reisterstown Sportsplex.
The Mustangs (0-3-1, 0-1-1 UCHC) remain unbeaten in overtime in program history, posting a 5-0-5 record in extra time, including 3-0-5 on home ice.
On the first power play opportunity of the game for the Herons (3-0-1, 1-0-1 UCHC), Rebecca Begley found the back of the net a minute into the player advantage after the puck hit off a Stevenson defender's skate and past sophomore Annie Smyth-Hammond.
Just past the midway mark of the opening period, senior Sarah Antonelli fired a shot from the point before classmate Chelsea Ellis fed the puck across the face of the goal for Sommers who sent it past Maggie Salmon. It is the fourth career goal for Sommers while Antonelli and Ellis tally a point for the second consecutive game.
Tied at 1-1 at the start of the second period, Blackburn gave the Mustangs its first lead of the season just 58 seconds in as she took the puck from a William Smith defender in the offensive zone and beat Salmon through the five-hole unassisted. Blackburn has 23 points in 20 career games in the month of November on 19 goals and four assists.
Blackburn, who has 42 point in 31 career home games, is eight points shy of becoming the first player in program history. The team is also 36-1-2 when she scores a goal.
The Herons converted on their second power play opportunity, this time with 31 seconds remaining in the player advantage. Begley picked up her second point of the night with the secondary assist.
Neither team found the back of the net in the third period as William Smith outshot the hosts, 10-6 in the period. Stevenson outshot the Herons, 27-24 in the first two periods.
With 1:35 remaining in regulation, the Mustangs were whistled for a penalty, but the visitors were called for a penalty just 27 seconds later. With one minute remaining, Antonelli caused a turnover to keep the puck in the offensive zone as Blackburn slid the puck to senior Monica Pozuc but she hit the post with 56 seconds remaining.
In overtime, Blackburn split two Heron defenders and got a shot off but Salmon made her 32nd save of the game.
William Smith finished 2-for-3 on the power play while the Mustangs were scoreless on their seven opportunities. Both teams finished with 34 shots.
In net, Smyth-Hammond finished with 32 saves. Meanwhile, 10 different players recorded a blocked shot for the Mustangs, including Sommers who led the team with four.
Stevenson returns to action on Friday, November 17 when the Mustangs travel to third-ranked Elmira for a pair of UCHC contests. Puck drops at 7:00 p.m.