BOSTON, Mass. - Stevenson women's ice hockey senior Chelsea Blackburn netted her 65th career goal but the Mustangs could not overcome a two-goal deficit versus former Colonial Hockey Conference foe Endicott in the opening round of the 11th Annual Codfish Bowl Saturday afternoon at Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
The Mustangs (0-6-1) have dropped the last three meetings versus their former conference rival, who is receiving votes in the latest USCHO.com Top 10 Poll. It is the fifth appearance for Stevenson in the Codfish Bowl, posting a 4-5 record, including winning the title in 2015.
On the eighth shot of the game for the Gulls (7-0-1), Caroline Hughes found the back of the net at the 11:08 mark to put Endicott ahead off assists from Lexi Klein and Maggie Layo. It is the second goal against the Mustangs for Hughes and the fifth point for Layo in the seven-game series.
The Gulls doubled its lead just 2:46 into the second period as Michaela McNamara netted her second goal versus Stevenson and third point in the series.
Blackburn got the Mustangs back within one with 4:14 remaining in the second period for her ninth career goal at the Codfish Bowl. It is the third career goal for Blackburn versus Endicott while the senior recorded her 93rd career point. She was assisted by her linesmates, senior Monica Pozuc and sophomore Jordan Pirrello. Pozuc, who recorded her 57th career point, is one point shy of moving into a tie for third place.
Endicott regained its two-goal advantage as Jillian Gibbs netted a third period goal at the 8:15 mark on an assist from Jade Meier. It is the fifth point for both Gibbs and Meier versus Stevenson.
For the first time this season, the Mustangs were perfect on the penalty kill, killing off both shorthanded situations. The team recorded four shots on its lone power play opportunity but all were knocked away by Vendela Jonsson. Jonsson finished with 34 saves, including 17 in the final frame. Junior Caitie Darosa finished with 26 saves.
The Mustangs outshot Endicott, 35-29, including 17-2 in the third period. It is the first time the Gulls have been outshot and was held to a season-low.
Stevenson returns to action on Sunday, November 26 when the Mustangs face Wesleyan in the Codfish Bowl third place game. Puck drop is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.