MUSTANGS VERSUS ELMIRA
All three meetings have gone to overtime, with Stevenson sweeping last season's series with a pair of 4-3 victories. Elmira erased a two-goal deficit in both of those meetings but seniors Jordan Watt and Mike Davis each scored game-winning goals. This year's meeting finished in a 2-2 tie with neither team scoring in the third period.
The Soaring Eagles have outshot Stevenson, 125-105 in the three-game series and are 2-for-16 on the power play. The Mustangs have gone 1-for-16 on the man advantage.
In net, Jacob Caffrey has started all three games for Stevenson, posting a 2.16 goals against average and a .944 save percentage. For Elmira, Gennaro Anzevino played in net in this year's meeting, allowing a pair of goals in 65 minutes of play and stopping 32 shots.
SCOUTING THE SOARING EAGLES
Elmira is on a three game winning streak and it unbeaten in its last five games. The Soaring Eagles upset 7th-ranked Utica their last time out, winning convincingly, 5-1. Elmira is also 8-3-0 at home this season. The Soaring Eagles power play units rank 16th in Division III, converting at 22.5 percent. The team has scored six power play goals over its last three games. Meanwhile, Elmira's opponents have scored a power play goal in five of the last six games.
Nick Ford ranks tied for fourth in the nation with 1.71 points per game while Connor Powell and Matthew Cuce rank seventh and tied for 15th, respectively. Ford's 0.90 goals per game is tied for the nation's lead while Powell's 1.10 assists per game ranks seventh.
Elmira ranks tied for third in scoring offense in the UCHC with 3.33 goals per game but ranks 44th defensively, allowing 3.00 goals per game. Gennaro Anzevino and Jake Sabourin have split time in net with Anzevino having the better goals against average and save percentage.
After wins over King's and Manhattanville last weekend, Stevenson clinched the inaugural Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) title, finishing conference play with a 5-0-1 record. Down a goal in the third period, the Mustangs scored twice in a 2:33 span to retake the lead. The team killed off the final 1:09 after the Valiants pulled the goalie in exchange for an extra skater.
DEFENDING THE PLEX
Stevenson is 6-4-1 on home ice this season and has won three of its last five games at Reisterstown Sportplex, including back-to-back victories. The Mustangs are averaging 3.7 goals per game on home ice compared to just 2.0 goals per game on the road. Sophomore Dominic Brenza has 20 points in 23 home games, including a point in four of the last five home games.
LAST MEETING VERSUS ELMIRA
The Mustangs took a 1-0 lead with 5:34 remaining in the opening period after a goal by senior Doug Rose before Elmira answered 18 seconds later with a score from Nick Ford. The Soaring Eagles took a 2-1 lead in the second period with 5:50 remaining before Stevenson responded with an unassisted goal from Brenza just 1:20 later. Elmira held a 38-34 edge in shots, while both teams were scoreless on the power play. Senior Jacob Caffrey finished with 36 saves while his counterpart Gennaro Anzevino had 32.
The line of Brenza, sophomore Nick Gray and freshman Carl Lyden have been together for the last nine games and have combined for 37 points on 11 goals and 36 assists while posting a plus-12 rating. During the nine game stretch, the trio has had a hand in 18 of the team's 28 goals. Gray has 13 points over the last nine games while Brenza and Lyden have 12 and 11, respectively over that same stretch. Lyden is currently riding a seven-game point streak.
Stevenson is one of 23 teams to have scored at least four shorthanded goals this season, with four different players scoring. All four shorthanded goals have come at home with the Mustangs scoring a shorthanded goal in three consecutive games earlier in the season. Brenza, Rose and sophomores Christian Ripley and Austin Swingle all have scored shorthanded this season.
Currently, the Mustangs sit atop of the UCHC leaderboard, one point ahead of Lebanon Valley. With four games remaining and having played two more games than third place Utica, Stevenson controls its own destiny en route to a first round bye. Even if the Mustangs can win out, they would need help if they were to earn the No. 1 seed.
FOUR OR MORE
When the Mustangs score at least four goals, the team is 14-2-1 in program history. In comparison, Stevenson is just 5-18-6 when scoring three or less. However, in two of the last three wins, the Mustangs have scored three goals. Stevenson, who had never scored just three goals in a game until this season, is 2-2-1 when scoring three.
Davis is two points shy of 90 for his career.
Watt is two points shy of 40 for his career.
Davis is three assists shy of 40 for his career.
Brenza is three points shy of tying the single season record with 25.