Nov 16, 2017
SCOUTING THE SOARING EAGLES
Elmira is coming off a 5-1 victory over No. 7 Utica after opening the season with an overtime win versus No. 10 Hobart. The Soaring Eagles also faced No. 7 Oswego. The Soaring Eagles are led by their top line of Nick Ford, Connor Powell and Matthew Cuce who have combined for 29 points on 14 goals and 15 assists and a +11 rating. The trio combined for 12 points on six goals and six assists in the win over King's. Ford and Powell have combined for five of the team's six power play goals. Jake Sabourin has started four games in net but it was Gennaro Anzevino who got the start and the win over Utica totaling 40 saves on 41 shots on net. Elmira is outscoring opponents, 16-13 in the first two periods but is being outscored 8-4 in the third. The Soaring Eagles are also being outshot, 68-51 in the final frame.
SCOUTING THE CONTINENTALS
Hamilton opens the season on Friday on the road at Amherst before hosting the Mustangs on Sunday. The Continentals are coming off a 20-5-4 season where they advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history, defeating Oswego in the first round.
Neil Conway returns as the team's leading point scorer with 29 points on eight goals and a team-high 21 assists. Both Brandon Willett and Jason Brochu return after sharing the team lead with 12 goals. The three players combined for nine power play goals. Evan Buitenhuis returns in net for the Continentals after posting a 17-5-4 record in net with a 1.78 goals against average and a .941 save percentage. Last season, Hamilton averaged 33.3 shots per game and went 27-for-161 on the power play.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Mustangs have protected home ice, winning three straight dating back to last season, outscoring its opponents, 16-2. Three times in program history, Stevenson has scored seven goals at Reisterstown Sportsplex, including twice this season. The Mustangs have held opponents to two goals or less on home ice, six time, including twice this season. The team has one home shutout, coming in last season's regular season finale win over Lebanon Valley.
Stevenson is no stranger to traveling as the Mustangs were on the road 15 times last season. The Mustangs are 6-9-2 in road games in program history, including 2-0-1 this season. Stevenson has posted a pair of shutouts on the road, including a 1-0 win over Manhattanville its last time out. Senior Mike Davis has 18 points in 17 road games on 10 goals and eight assists while classmate Jordan Watt has 17 points in 17 games on four goals and 13 assists.
LAST SEASON VERSUS ELMIRA
Stevenson swept the two-game series versus Elmira last season, posting a pair of 4-3 overtime wins. In the first meeting, the Soaring Eagles erased a two-goal deficit in the third period before Jordan Watt scored with 28 seconds left in overtime to seal the victory on home ice. Elmira once again erased a two-goal deficit, this time on its own home ice, tying the game with 1:07 left in regulation. But Mike Davis netted the game-winner with 4.6 seconds left in overtime. Davis has seven goals in nine career games versus Elmira.
SIZZLING SPECIAL TEAMS
Through three weekends of play, Stevenson's power play ranks third in Division III at 31.6 percent, despite being held without a power play goal for the first time this season in the last game versus Manhattnaville. The Mustangs are 12-for-38 on the player advantage, scoring at least two power play goals in four of the five games this season, including four versus Lebanon Valley. Mike Davis ranks tied for first in Division III with four power play goals.
Defensively, the Mustangs lead the nation on the penalty kill, killing off 30 of their 31 shorthanded opportunities. The PK units are operating at 96.8 percent through five games.
The top line of Mike Davis, Dominic Brenza and Jordan Watt have combined for 25 points on nine goals and 16 assist while posting a +7 rating. They have a hand in 12 of the team's 21 goals this season. Versus King's they combined for nine points, scoring all four goals and totaling five assists. Defensively, the pair of Aaron Murray and Doug Rose have started every game together and have combined for seven points on two goals and five assist while posting a +8 rating.
PLAYING WITH A LEAD
Stevenson is 12-0-1 in program history when scoring the game's first goal. The Mustangs are 6-0-1 when leading at the first intermission and 11-0-1 when leading after the second period.
MUSTANGS RECEIVING VOTES
For the second time in program history, Stevenson is receiving votes in the latest USCHO.com Top 15 Poll garnering six votes. The Mustangs are just one of four teams with a current five game unbeaten streak.
A FAMILY AFFAIR
Stevenson assistant coach Matt Bruneteau will face his younger brother Tyler, who captains the Hamilton team. During his playing career at Lake Superior State, Matt faced his two older brothers who both played for Vermont.