RYE, N.Y. - Stevenson women's ice hockey junior Caitie Darosa recorded 37 saves en route to her eighth career shutout as the Mustangs finished in a scoreless overtime tie for the first time in program history in United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) and Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) play at Manhattanville Friday evening at Playland Ice Casino.
With the tie, the winner of the second of a two-game series will claim the inaugural MAC title as both teams are now 4-0-1 in conference play. In the case of a tie, the two teams will share the regular season title. The Mustangs (12-7-5, 9-3-3 UCHC), who received a point with the tie, clinch the third seed in the upcoming UCHC playoffs as Neumann fell to Elmira.
Despite the tie, Stevenson has set a new program record with a 13-game unbeaten streak and is 12-1-4 over its last 17 games. It is also the fourth shutout the Mustangs have posted this season and second for Darosa.
Stevenson recorded the first three shots on net, including a pair in the opening minute, but the Valiants (9-12-3, 6-7-2 UCHC) outshot the visitors, 15-2 over the rest of the opening period. Manhattanville fired 10 shots on net in the final nine minutes of the period but all 15 of the shots recorded in the opening 20 minutes were knocked away by Darosa.
Just a 1:32 into the second period, the Mustangs earned the first power play attempt of the game after a tripping call against the hosts. Stevenson recorded four shots on net during the player advantage but Rose Pijaca stopped all four to keep the game scoreless. Pijaca made 26 saves for her second shutout of the season.
Prior to the midway point of second period, junior Cierra Siemasko had a breakaway opportunity after poking to puck ahead but she could not challenge Pijaca as her shot went wide. Manhattanville had a breakaway opportunity of its own with 4:17 remaining in the middle frame but Darosa made a point blank save against Morgan Wilm.
With 6:29 remaining in the third period, the Mustangs went on the power play for the second time but could not get any shots on net. With 20 seconds remaining in regulation, Darosa save with 20 seconds remaining in regulation to help force overtime.
The Valiants recorded all three shots in the overtime period and finished with a 37-26 advantage in shots. For the third time in program history, the Mustangs were not whistled for a penalty.
Stevenson and Manhattanville conclude the regular season on Saturday, February 18 at 3:00 p.m.