SHELTON, Conn. - Stevenson women's ice hockey senior trio of Tori Emoff, Jessie Capanelli and McKenzie Taggart accounted for all six points as the Mustangs posted a 2-0 victory to complete the weekend sweep versus Sacred Heart Saturday afternoon at the Rinks at Shelton.
The Mustangs (13-3-1) posted their eighth shutout this season, including the third by freshman Caitie Darosa who tied her career-best with 19 saves. The team also improved to 7-0 this season and 11-1-1 under head coach Tracy Johnson when holding its opponents to under 20 shots.
Neither team found the back of the net in the first two periods as the teams combined for just 26 shots. Both Stevenson and the Pioneers (7-7-2) were whistled for just one penalty through the first 40 minutes, matching minors in the opening frame.
Taggart scored for the seventh time in 11 games versus Sacred Heart and has 13 points in the series as her off angle shot beat Amanda Fontaine at the 10:03 mark of the third period. Emoff recorded her seventh assist of the year while Capanelli extended her point streak to three.
Just 1:45 later, the Mustangs went to the penalty kill as sophomore Allie Bruns was whistled for a tripping penalty. Darosa totaled three saves on the Pioneers power play as the visitors got back to even strength holding on to its one-goal lead.
Stevenson earned its first power play opportunity with 2:37 remaining in regulation leading to the Mustangs 15th power play goal of the year, a blast by Emoff just 23 seconds into the player advantage. It is the first goal for the senior captain this season who now has seven in her career.
It is the fifth consecutive game the Mustangs have scored a power play goal. It was also the 13th game that Stevenson has held its opponent without a power play goal.
Capanelli has recorded a point in 12 of the team's 17 games, including seven straight to start the season. With three assists in the two-game series, Capanelli now has 47 career points, passing fellow senior Megan Alexander for second all-time behind Taggart's 69.
The senior class continues to dominate as they have recorded 76 of the team's 126 points.
For the first time in 11 games, Stevenson failed to record at least 10 blocked shots as it finished with seven, including five in the final frame. Six different players recorded a block with Bruns finishing with two.
Stevenson returns to action following a 13-day break when the Mustangs get back into conference play at Daniel Webster for a two-game series beginning on Friday, January 29. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.