RYE, N.Y. - Stevenson men's ice hockey sophomore Austin Swingle netted his first goal of the season while senior Jacob Caffrey recorded 34 saves for his second career shutout as the Mustangs posted a 1-0 United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) and Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) victory over Manhattanville Saturday evening at Playland Ice Casino.
It is the third shutout in program history for the Mustangs (4-0-1, 4-0-0 UCHC/3-0-0 MAC) and first win over the Valiants (2-1-1, 2-1-0 UCHC/0-1-0 MAC) in three tries.
Neither team found the back of the net in the opening period that saw Stevenson outshoot the hosts, 10-8. The Mustangs had three power play opportunities in the first period but could not get any of their five shots past Tyler Feaver. Manhattanville had its first power play with 5:15 remaining in the period but got just one shot on net, which was saved by Caffrey.
The hosts earned a power play chance late in the first and Matt Lippa fired a shot off the pipe after the Valiants won the face-off. The penalty carried over into the second period but Caffrey knocked aside the only shot on net while sophomore Bruce Stachitas blocked the ensuing shot.
Late in the second period, Caffrey comes up with a save that led to a breakaway down the other end for freshman Carl Lyden. Lyden and sophomore Christian Ripley fired shots on Feaver before Swingle fired home the rebound for the score. It is the second assist and third point for Lyden on the season while Ripley picks up his first point.
Down a goal late in regulation, Manhattanville pulled Feaver in favor of an extra skater despite the Valiants having a player in the penalty box. With 30 seconds remaining, the hosts were whistled for a pair of penalties before being called for another with two seconds left.
The Valiants outshot the Mustangs, 34-30, including 14-10 in the third period while also winning 45 of the 70 face-offs.
Stevenson returns to action on Friday, November 17 when the Mustangs host a UCHC contest versus Elmira beginning at 7:00 p.m.