REISTERSTOWN, Md. - Stevenson women's ice hockey seniors Chelsea Blackburn and Sarah Antonelli both finished with two points with a goal and an assist as the Mustangs skated to a 3-3 United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) tie versus Utica Saturday afternoon at Reisterstown Sportsplex.
The Mustangs (8-7-4, 5-3-2 UCHC) are unbeaten in 11 of their last 12 games and are 4-3-3 on home ice this season. Stevenson currently sits in a tie for fourth place in the UCHC with 12 points with six conference games remaining.
The Pioneers recorded six of the first nine shots, including the games first four shots, and got on the scoreboard with 7:44 remaining in the opening period as Carlie Smith threw the puck from the end line towards the net and snuck it past junior Caitie Darosa. It is the 11th time in 18 games this season the Mustangs opponents have scored the game's opening game, posting a 2-6-3 record.
Stevenson responded 2:07 later as senior Chelsea Ellis netted her fourth goal of the season. Classmate Allie Bruns found sophomore Jordan Pirrello in the neutral zone as Pirrello skated the puck into the offensive zone before leaving the puck for Ellis who sent a wrister over the stick side of goaltender Bria Reilly.
With 43 second remaining in the opening period, the Mustangs took a 2-1 lead with Blackburn netting her team leading 12th goal of the season. After Blackburn poked the puck free off the boards, junior Cierra Siemasko played the puck back to Antonelli who found Blackburn up ahead. Blackburn had her initial shot saved but collected her own rebound and buried the puck in the back of the net.
Blackburn, who had her 11-game point streak snapped last night and played in her school record 96th career game, has 22 points over her last 13 games on 11 goals and 11 assists. Meanwhile, Siemasko extends her point streak to five games.
The hosts extended its lead to 3-1 on a power play goal by senior Monica Pozuc, her sixth goal of the season and third power play goal. Blackburn won the face-off after Utica's penalty and eventually sent the puck across the middle to a wide open Pozuc who was alone backdoor before Pozuc sent the puck top shelf over the glove of Reilly.
Pozuc is now tied for third place with 27 career goals and is now 10 points shy of moving into a tie for second place. The senior has nine points over her last eight games. Meanwhile, Blackburn has 55 points in 38 home games has 32 career multi-point games.
The Pioneers answered with a pair of second period goals, the first coming from a shot at the point with 12:30 remaining in the period followed by a power play goal with 7:53 left. Utica finished 1-for-4 on the power play while the Mustangs were 1-for-6.
The Mustangs were outshot, 29-1, including 6-0 in overtime. Stevenson was whistled for a pair of penalties in the overtime period and Darosa came up with a pair of saves late in the game. The hosts finished with 11 blocked shots, including three by both seniors Natalie Rosendahl and Savannah Sommers.
The hosts won 36 of the 57 face-offs, with Blackburn going 15-for-20 and Ellis finishing 13-for-19.
Stevenson returns to action on Friday, February 2 when the Mustangs host a UCHC and Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) contest versus Lebanon Valley beginning at 7:00 p.m.