MUSTANGS VS. NEUMANN
Neumann won both meetings last season as head coach Dominck Dawes and seniors Mike Davis, Doug Rose and Jordan Watt faced their former squad for the first time. The Knights won the first meeting at Reisterstown Sportsplex, 3-1 after jumping out to a 3-0 lead behind a pair of first period power play goals. The second meeting featured four combined power play goals, including three by Neumann. After the Mustangs took a 2-1 lead early in the third, the Knights tied and scored the game winner on the man advantage.
Senior Jacob Caffrey was in net for both games for Stevenson, recording 77 saves for a ,928 save percentage. For the Knights, Anthony Pupplo was in net for the overtime win, recording 24 saves.
SCOUTING THE KNIGHTS
Neumann was idle last weekend and is unbeaten in four of its last five with three wins. The Knights have won back-to-back games over King's (Pa.) and Elmira. The team is 1-3 on the road this season.
Seniors Jake Davidson and Liam Board lead the team with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Davidson leads the team with nine assists while sophomore Ryan Swain has the team lead with six goals. Both Board and Swain have totaled three power play goals. In net, three different players have seen action for the Knights, with Anthony Pupplo starting in three games. Sammy Bernard had the team's last start and made 29 saves in a 5-2 win over Elmira.
Neumann is averaging 35.1 shots per game but is getting outshot, 93-73 in the first period. The Knights outshoot their opponents, 90-73 in the second and have outscored them 11-7. On the power play, the Knights have converted on six of 36 opportunities.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Mustangs have protected home ice, unbeaten in five of their last six dating back to last season, outscoring its opponents, 25-14. 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, eight times, including four times this season. The team has one home shutout, coming in last season's regular season finale win over Lebanon Valley.
LAST SEASON VERSUS NEUMANN
Stevenson dropped both meetings versus head coach Dominick Dawes former team, including a 3-2 overtime loss at Neumann. The Knights scored five power play goals in the two-game series last year while the Mustangs were 2-for-11 on the man-advantage. Neumann outscored Stevenson a combined, 3-0 in the first period. Sophomore Tyler Slusarczyk scored a pair of goals, including one on the power play. For Neumann, Liam Board dished out two assists in the two games.
The top line of Mike Davis, Dominic Brenza and Jordan Watt have combined for 32 points on 12 goals and 20 assists while posting a +8 rating. They have a hand in 16 of the team's 29 goals this season. Versus King's they combined for nine points, scoring all four goals and totaling five assists.
PLAYING WITH A LEAD
Stevenson is 13-0-2 in program history when scoring the game's first goal. The Mustangs are 6-0-1 when leading at the first intermission and 12-0-1 when leading after the second period.
SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS
The Mustangs are 7-1-1 all-time, including 3-0-1 this season, when outshooting their opponents. Stevenson is also 5-0-1 in program history when taking at least 40 shots. In comparison, the Mustangs are 7-14-3 when allowing at least 30 shots against and 8-2 when holding opponents to under 30 shots.
When senior Jordan Watt scores a goal, the Mustangs are 9-0-1 all-time. This season, he already has 12 points on two goals and 10 assists, the latter setting a new career-high. In a Mustang uniform, Watt has four game-winning goals, scoring the game-winner versus Chatham earlier this season.
MUSTANGS PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN INAUGURAL UCHC
Stevenson earned 52 points in the UCHC Preseason Coaches Poll, putting them in third place. Utica earned eight of the nine first-place votes and totaled 80 points as the favorite to win the conference. Manhattanville earned the other first-place vote and earned 73 points for second place. The Mustangs are three points ahead of fourth place Elmira and eight points ahead of fifth place Nazareth. Neumann, Lebanon Valley, King's and Chatham rounded out the poll.
Davis is eight points shy of 100 for his career.
Watt is four assists shy of tying the single season record with 14 assists.
Rose is three points shy of 50 for his career.