REISTERSTOWN, Md. - Stevenson men's ice hockey senior Austin Swingle scored a shorthanded goal but the Mustangs allowed two unanswered goals in the first period as Neumann escaped with a 2-1 United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) contest Friday evening at Reisterstown Sportsplex.
It is the second straight home loss for the Mustangs (5-3-2, 4-1-1 UCHC) after going unbeaten in their previous five. It is the ninth time in program history and fifth time this season that Stevenson has held its opponent to two goals or less on home ice.
After the hosts were whistled for its second penalty at the 7:09 mark of the opening period, sophomore Christian Ripley had a breakaway down the left side after controlling the puck int the defensive zone and fired a pass across the offensive zone for Swingle who sent a wrister under the glove side of Anthony Pupplo. It is the third consecutive game the Mustangs have had a shorthanded goal.
For Ripley, he extends his point streak to three games. He has had an assist in all three games, setting a new career mark with three consecutive games with an assist.
The Knights (4-3-1, 4-1-1) answered with the game-tying goal with 5:47 remaining as Chris Ordoobadi was able to control the puck as Neumann entered the zone and beat senior Jacob Caffrey for the score. Just 2:57 later, Liam Board scored what would stand as the game-winning goal on the power play after tapping in a rebound on the open backside after back-to-back shots. It is the third point in three games for Board against the Mustangs.
Stevenson had four power play opportunities over the next two periods, including a five-minute power play early in the third period. But the Mustangs could not get any of their 20 shots on any of their five power play opportunites on the day. Neumann finished 1-for-4 on the power play.
The Mustangs outshot the Knights, 50-27, including 17-3 in the third period. The hosts won 47 of the 68 face-offs with sophomore Dominic Brenza and Ripley winning 14 and 13, respectively.
Stevenson returns to action on Friday, December 8 when the Mustangs travel to No. 14 Utica for a UCHC contest. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.