Mustangs Conclude Season With Important UCHC Contest at Neumann

Mustangs Conclude Season With Important UCHC Contest at Neumann

Game Notes

Game 25:
Friday, February 16 | 7 PM
IceWorks Complex | Aston, Pa.
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Neumann has won all three meetings versus the Mustangs, including one-goal wins in the last two contests. Stevenson has been held to two goals or less in all three meetings, including just one goal in the first-ever meeting between the teams.

For Stevenson, sophomore Tyler Slusarczyk has netted a pair of goals versus Neumann while senior Mike Davis has a pair of assists versus his former team. Senior Doug Rose has scored a goal while classmate Jordan Watt registered an assist versus their former squad as well. The Knights, Liam Board has four points, including a three assist performance last season.

After Neumann outshot the Mustangs, 83-56 in the two-game series last season, Stevenson outshot the Knights, 50-27 in the first meeting this season. Neumann is 6-for-19 on the power play in the three-game series while the Mustangs have gone 2-for-16 on the player advantage.

Neumann is coming off an upset over 9th-ranked Utica, coming back from a 2-0 second period deficit. The Knights are 3-1 in the month of February and are unbeaten in five of their last six games, including three straight wins. The Knights commit the fourth most penalties in Division III, sitting in the box for 18.5 minutes per game. The penalty kill units rank near the bottom, operating at just 76.8 percent after allowing 31 power play goals.

Liam Board leads the team with 29 points on 10 goals and a team-best 19 assists. Joe Mitchell has a team-high 13 goals while Ryan Swain has netted 12 goals, including six on the power play. Both Board and Mitchell have four power play goals this season.

In net, three different goaltenders have played in at least six games with Anthony Pupplo and Matt Gibney playing in 10 and nine games, respectively. Gibney leads the team with a 2.85 goals against average as well as a .908 save percentage.

With the top six teams separated by just three points, Stevenson can clinch a first round bye with a win over Neumann. The Mustangs are currently in a three-way tie with both Utica and Lebanon Valley at the top of the standings. Utica has a pair of conference games remaining while Lebanon Valley has just one. Stevenson owns the tiebreaker over Lebanon Valley after going 1-0-1. 

Stevenson outshot the Knights, 50-27 in the first meeting this season but went 0-for-5 on the power play as Neumann answered the Mustangs first period goal with a pair of its own in the opening period. Liam Board scored the game-winning goal, on the power play, with 2:50 remaining in the first period for his fourth point in the series. Anthony Pupplo stopped 49 of 50 shots on net, allowing a shorthanded goal by sophomore Austin Swingle

The Mustangs have averaged 1.9 goals per game in their 11 road games this season compared to 3.8 goals per game in the 13 home games. Defensively, opponents score less often on Stevenson on the road, scoring 2.1 goals per game compared to 3.2 at Reisterstown Sportsplex. Stevenson has been held to one goal or less in four games this season, all coming before the New Year. Over the last five road games, the Mustangs have averaged 2.4 goals per game. 

Senior captain Mike Davis broke his 13-game point drought last weekend, scoring a pair of goals in both games, including three goals on the power play. He ranks tied for sixth in the nation with eight power play goals this season and now sits eight points shy of 100 for his career. Davis, who has played in 103 career games, is one of three players to have played in all 50 games in Stevenson's short history. Seniors Doug Rose and Jordan Watt are the other two players. 

In net, senior Jacob Caffrey has played the second most minutes this season in Division III. He ranks fourth with 709 total saves this season, just 86 behind the leader. Caffrey has recorded at least 40 saves, four times this season, including setting a career-high with 48 versus Brockport. His .926 save percentage ranks 21st in the country. 

Stevenson has gone to overtime 10 times this season, which ranks tied for second in Division III history behind the 11 Colby had in 1998. The Mustangs have posted seven ties, which is one off the record of eight. Stevenson has been outshot 23-18 in overtime. 

With only three senior skaters, the trio has accounted for 24 percent of the team's points, totaling 46 points on 20 goals and 26 assists this season. The seniors have had a hand in eight of the team's last 11 goals and have nine of the last 17 points. 

Davis is eight points shy of 100 for his career.
Davis is one point shy of his 40th in a Stevenson uniform.
Brenza is two points shy of tying the single season record with 25.
Rose is one appearance shy of the 100th in his career.