Mustangs Fall to Elmira in UCHC Semifinals

REISTERSTOWN, Md. - Stevenson men's ice hockey senior Mike Davis recorded his fourth straight multi-point game but the second-seeded Mustangs fell to fifth-seeded Elmira, 5-3 in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) Semifinals Saturday evening at Reisterstown Sportsplex.

The Mustangs (11-8-7) finish the season 7-6-1 at home while dropping the first game in the five-game series versus Elmira. It was also the first time in the series the two teams have not gone to overtime.

It took just 40 seconds for the Soaring Eagles (15-9-3) to find the back of the net as Ryan Blais scored on an assist from Nick Ford, the first of three assists for Ford on the night. Chris Moses gave the visitors a two goal advantage in the opening six minutes on assists from Ford and Matthew Cuce, who also finished the night with three assists.

Senior Doug Rose made it a one-goal game at the first intermisson as he netted his seventh goal of the season on an assist from sophomore Christian Ripley. Ripley won the offensive zone face-off and eventually played it back to Rose who walked the puck in before sending a wrister past Gennaro Anzevino.

Elmira scored just 20 seconds into the second period but Stevenson answered less than a minute later as Davis netted his ninth power play goal of the season. Davis, who added an assist later in the game, finishes his career with 96 career points.

Trailing 4-2 late in the third period, senior Jacob Caffrey was pulled in favor of an extra skater with three minutes remaining in reuglation. The Mustangs scored a six-on-four power play goal as sophomore Alfred Panelin-Borg fired a shot from the blue line. But the Soaring Eagles scored an empty net goal to seal the victory as Ford picked up his fifth point of the night.

The Mustangs outshot Elmira, 46-28, including 17-2 in the final period. The hosts also won 39 of the 67 face-offs, with sophomore Dominic Brenza winning 19.