PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Stevenson women's ice hockey senior Monica Pozuc netted two goals while classmate Chelsea Blackburn finished with two assists as the Mustangs scored three times in the third period for a 4-1 United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) victory over Chatham Friday evening at Alpha Ice Complex.
The win was the seventh for the Mustangs (6-7-2, 3-3-1 UCHC) in the seven-game series versus Chatham. It was also the third win in the last four games for Stevenson, who is unbeaten in eight of its last nine games.
Just 3:15 into the contest, the Mustangs went on the power play for the first time in the contest and were held to two shots on net. Blackburn could not get her stick to the puck quick enough on the back door on a pass across the middle from Pozuc as Devon Strachan came up with a save.
With 15 seconds remaining in the player advantage, senior Natalie Rosendahl fired a shot from the point that hit off the bar. Later in the period, Blackburn received a pass from Pozuc in the neutral zone before carrying the puck into the offensive zone and fired a shot that dinged off the crossbar.
The Cougars (3-11-2, 0-9-0 UCHC) had the first scoring opportunity of the second period as leading scorere Kasandra Petersen got behind Stevenson's defense but sophomore Annie Smyth-Hammond came up with a point blank save. Just 1:14 later, Chatham went on its first power play and totaled three shots, all saved by Smyth-Hammond.
Midway throught the period, senior Sarah Antonelli fired a shot from the point that was blocked before Wittman collected the loose puck and circled back around to a scoring position and fired the puck low to the far side of the net for the score. It is Wittman's sixth goal of the season. The senior has all nine of her points in her last six games.
The Mustangs went on the power play early in the third period and Blackburn nearly found the back of the net as the puck went behind Strachan and across the net.
Just 30 seconds after Smyth-Hammond came up with a two-on-one save, Blackburn won an offensive zone face-off back to Pozuc who quickly fired the puck past Strachan for the score. It is Pozuc's first goal since scoring in back-to-back games in December and extends her point streak to five game. Meanwhile, Blackburn continues her hot streak, extending her point streak to 10 games.
The Cougars went on the power play just 1:02 after Pozuc made it 2-0 and with 19 seconds remaining in the player advantage, team leading scorer Peterson fired a low shot from the point past Smyth-Hammond who was screened in front.
Leading by just one, Stevenson had a five-on-three power play advantage for 1:26 and Pozuc buried her second goal of the game after a rebound from junior Cierra Siemasko who collected a pass from Blackburn. The line of Pozuc, Blackburn and Siemasko have combined for 24 points on nine goals and 14 assists over the last six games. It is the 30th multi-point game for Blackburn while Pozuc recorded her 12th.
Blackburn now has 57 points in 57 games away from Reisterstown Sportsplex.
With 3:10 remaining in regulation as with the Mustangs holding onto a 3-1 lead, Chatham pulled Strachan for an extra skater leading to an empty net goal for freshman Trinity Barcless. It is the second career goal for Barcless.
Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, January 21 when the Mustangs face Chatham in an UCHC contest. Puck drop is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.