MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Senior Katie Abbott scored for the second straight game but the Stevenson women's hockey team could not overcome a three-goal deficit as Ausgburg picked up a 4-2 non-conference victory Sunday afternoon at Ed Saugestad Rink.
The Mustangs (11-3-1), who scored a power play goal for the third consecutive game, finished with less than 20 shots for the third straight time this season. The team is winless in those games.
Both teams started fast as the first stoppage did not come until 7:40 into the contest with the teams combining for just three shots. Stevenson recorded three of the first five shots in the opening frame but were outshot 6-2 throughout the remainder of the period.
The Auggies (7-5-1) had a three-on-one with 5:27 but freshman Caitie Darosa came up with one of her seven saves in the opening 20 minutes. But 1:13 later, the hosts had another three-on-one advantage and converted as Callen Naasz found Ashley Kloncz on the back post. It is the third consecutive game that the Mustangs opponent has scored first. Over the past three seasons, the team is 5-22-1 when the opponent scores first.
Stevenson had its best scoring chance in the opening frame as a shot from senior McKenzie Taggart bounced off the pads of goalie Rebecca Sonnek but no one was there for the rebound. With just under six seconds remaining, sophomore Chelsea Blackburn sent a pass in front but the puck slid out of the zone as time expired.
To begin the second period, Augsburg had a breakaway in the opening minute but Darosa made the stop and knocked away the rebound attempt. The Auggies would build a two-goal lead just 2:18 into the period as a slap shot at the point by Bridget Walter found the back of the net.
Two minutes later, the puck fell right in front of Augsburg's net but the shot by sophomore Monica Pozuc found the chest of Sonnek. Sonnek finished with 15 saves.
After the Mustangs killed off the first penalty of the game, senior Jessie Capanelli had a breakaway off the bench and beat Sonnek to get the visitors back within one. It is the first point for Capanelli in the last five games after the she recorded 11 through the first 10 games.
Just a minute later, the Auggies reclaimed their two-goal lead as Kayla Fuechtmann scored her third goal of the series right off the face-off, beating Darosa stick side.
Stevenson had its first power play opportunity with just under five minutes in the frame but the Mustangs managed just one shot. The visitors finished 1-for-5 on the power play.
Kloncz recorded her second goal of the game 1:33 into the third period to give Augsburg a 4-1 lead as Darosa was blinded on a shot from the point. Kloncz finished the weekend with two goals and one assist.
Right after the Mustangs failed to convert on a five-on-three, the visitors earned their fourth power play opportunity and third of the period. Following a timeout, Stevenson pulled Darosa in favor of a sixth skater and Abbott was able to finish a rebound attempt to get the Mustangs back within two.
Blackburn nearly had her first goal in four games but her shot on a pass from Abbott went just wide with 4:50 remaining. The Auggies finished with a 23-17 advantage in shots while the Mustangs were 26-for-42 on face-offs. Senior Megan Alexander was 5-for-7 at the face-off dot.
Darosa finished with 19 saves in her first loss of the season in three starts.
Stevenson returns to action on Friday, January 15 when the Mustangs begin a two-game series versus Sacred Heart. Opening face-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.