CLINTON, N.Y. - Stevenson men's ice hockey senior Jacob Caffrey posted his fifth career 40-save performance and first this season with 41 but the Mustangs had its six game unbeaten streak snapped with a 6-0 loss versus No. 11 Hamilton in a non-conference contest Sunday afternoon at Sage Rink.
It is the third time the Mustangs (4-1-2) have been shutout in their two seasons, with two of them coming on the road.
After the Continentals fired six early shots on goal, it was Stevenson who earned the first power play opportunity of the game. But the Mustangs were only able to get one shot to goaltender Anthony Tirabassi as Hamilton's defense blocked a pair of shots.
Just 33 seconds after the Mustangs power play expired, Jonny Stimola fired a shot from the blue line over the shoulder of the glove side of Caffrey to give the hosts a 1-0 lead at the 6:58 mark. It is just the second time Stevenson has trailed this season as the Mustangs entered the game having trailed for a total of 1:20.
Hamilton went on its first power play with 11:40 remaining in the opening period but the Continentals were whistled for their second penalty just 17 seconds later to produce four-on-four play. The Mustangs sent a second player to the box to give the hosts a four-on-three for 23 seconds. With play back to four-on-four, Tyler Bruneteau finished a pass on the back door from Brandon Willet who skated down the middle of the ice to double the hosts lead.
With one player still in the box for Stevenson, Hamilton added a third goal as Rory Gagnon deflected a blast from Stephen Cochrane from the point after a pass across the blue line from Blayne Oliver.
The Mustangs went on the power play for the second time in the opening period but Stevenson was again held to just one shot on net while the defense added another two blocked shots. Stevenson finished the game 0-for-2 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill.
It is the third time in program history the Mustangs have allowed three first period goals.
Hamilton had three power play opportunities in the second period but Stevenson was able to kill off all three shorthanded situations. But with 15.5 seconds remaining in the period, Nick Ursitti gave the hosts a 4-0 second intermission lead after blocking a shot from the point in the defensive zone. Caffrey got a piece of the puck on the shot but it trickled into the net behind him.
Ursitti and Willet each scored in the third period as the duo combined for six points on three goals and three assists.
The Continentals outshot the Mustangs, 47-29 and won 46 of the 77 face-offs. The visitors recorded 11 blocked shots, with sophomore Xavier Abdella recording two.
Stevenson returns to action on Friday, November 24 when the Mustangs host a two-game non-conference series versus Buffalo State. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.