Mustangs Host Elmira in UCHC Semfinals

Mustangs Host Elmira in UCHC Semfinals

Game Notes

Game 26:
Saturday, February 24 | 7 PM
Reisterstown Sportsplex | Reisterstown, Md.
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All four meetings between the two teams have gone to overtime, with both games this season ending in a 2-2 overtime time. The Mustangs swept the series last season. Stevenson scored first in both games this year, including a pair of leads on the road. At Reisterstown Sportsplex earlier in the season, the Soaring Eagles scored back-to-back goals before the Mustangs tied the game late in the second period. All eight goals in the series have come in the first and second periods.

Freshman Aaron Murray is the lone Mustang with multiple points against Elmira this season, recording an assist in each game. Matthew Cuce has assisted on three of Elmira's four goals against Stevenson this season while both Nick Ford and Connor Powell have a goal and an assist. Neither team scored on the power play with Stevenson going a combined 0-for-11 while the Soaring Eagles were 0-for-7. Elmria has a 75-60 advantage in shots while holding a slight 77-76 edge in face-offs.

In net, Jacob Caffrey has stopped 71 of 75 for the Mustangs while Gennaro Anzevino stopped 56 of 60 shots on net.

Elmira is coming off a 4-3 road victory at fourth-seeded Manhattanville, erasing a pair of one-goal deficits and scoring three of the final four goals. Connor Powell led the way with two goals and one assist while Nick Ford finished with one goal and two assists. Matthew Cuce added a pair of assists. The Soaring Eagles are beaten in nine of their last 10 with the lone blemish coming in a  4-1 regular season finale loss at Lebanon Valley. The team is 7-1-2 during that stretch and has outscored its opponents, 37-21.

Ford ranks eighth in the country with 1.65 points per game and fourth with 0.85 goals per game. Meanwhile Powell ranks tied for 10th with 1.54 points per game while Cuce ranks 23rd with 1.38. Elmira has four players ranked inside the top 50 in assists per game.

The Soaring Eagles boast the ninth ranked power play units in the country, operating at 24.8 percent and have scored a power play goal in seven of their last nine games. Defensively, the penalty kill units have allowed 27 power play goals, including three in the last two games.


With a 5-2 victory over Neumann in the regular season finale, the Mustangs earned a first round bye in just the second season in program history, booking a spot in the semifinals. In quarterfinal action, sixth-seeded Neumann upset third-seeded Lebanon Valley, 3-1 while fifth-seeded Elmira upset fourth-seeded Manhattanville, 4-3. Top-seeded Utica will host Neumann. 

Stevenson took a pair of one-goal leads in the 2-2 overtime tie but Elmira responded quickly after both goals. The Mustangs scored just 6:34 into the contest before the Soaring Eagles responded 57 seconds later. Stevenson scored with 1:58 left in the opening period but Elmira answered just 1:20 into the second. The Soaring Eagles outshot Stevenson, 37-36, including 10-3 in the third period. Both teams finished 0-for-3 on the power play while Elmira had a 39-35 edge in face-offs. 

The Mustangs have averaged 3.8 goals per game in the 13 home games compared to 2.2 goals per game in their 12 road games this season. Both senior Mike Davis and sophomore Dominic Brenza have 21 points on home ice in 25 games. Davis has 12 goals and nine assists while Brenza has recorded 10 goals and 11 assists. Meanwhile, both senior Jordan Watt (eight goals, 10 assists) and sophomore Christian Ripley (six goals, 12 assists) have 18 points at home. 

Senior captain Mike Davis broke his 13-game point drought on February 9 and has six points on five goals and one assist over this last three games. He ranks tied for seventh in the nation with eight power play goals this season and now sits six points shy of 100 for his career. Davis, who has played in 104 career games, is one of three players to have played in all 51 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 fifth most minutes this season in Division III. He ranks third with 739 total saves this season, just 112 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 22nd 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 24.3 percent of the team's points, totaling 50 points on 22 goals and 28 assists this season. The seniors have had a hand in 12 of the team's last 16 goals and have 13 of the last 31 points 

Davis is six points shy of 100 for his career.
Rose is one goal shy of 20 for his career.