REISTERSTOWN, Md. - Highlighted by the ninth shutout by senior Sarah Modzelewski the Stevenson women's ice hockey team posted the 50th win in program history as the Mustangs defeated SUNY Canton, 4-0 in a Colonial Hockey Conference contest Friday afternoon at Reisterstown Sportsplex.
With the win, the Mustangs (20-3-1, 12-0-1) claimed the number one seed in the upcoming CHC playoffs while improving to 4-1 all-time versus Canton. Stevenson has outscored the Kangaroos, 11-1 over the last two games and 19-5 overall. The team is also a perfect 10-0 at home this season.
Senior Madison Lange scored in her second straight game and set a new career-high mark with her 14th point of the season. The goal was her 20th in her career while and fourth game-winner.
With the primary assist, freshman Allie Sabatini recorded her first career point and became the 25th player on the Mustangs roster to tally a point this season. Senior Erin McLoughlin was also credited with an assist.
Late in the first period, SUNY Canton (7-16-1, 7-5-1 CHC) was awarded a penalty shot after Stevenson was whistled for a penalty on a breakaway. But Modzelewski calmly knocked it aside for one of her 17 saves to help preserve her sixth conference shutout. Over her last six starts, she has allowed just two goals in 358:02 of play with a .981 save percentage.
One second after the fourth penalty by the Kangaroos expired in the opening minutes of the second period, senior Katie Abbott found the back of the net to double the hosts lead. Sophomore Chelsea Blackburn had the lone assist. Abbott and Blackburn's line, along with sophomore Monica Pozuc, has combined for 34 points in 13 games this season.
The Mustangs avoided going scoreless on the power play for the third time in the last four games as senior Megan Alexander scored her eighth career power play goal with 12 seconds remaining in the period. The goal was the team's ninth last minute goal in a period this season.
With the goal, Alexander is one point shy of becoming the fourth player in program history to record 50. Capanelli and Blackburn both picked up their 50th point earlier this season while Taggart became the first to do so last year.
The period marked the 11th time Stevenson has totaled three goals in a period this season.
The two teams combined for 15 penalties with the Mustangs finishing 1-for-7 on the power play and a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill. Stevenson has killed off its last 24 penalty kill situations and has not allowed a power play goal over its last eight games. Meanwhile, the power play units have scored in 10 of the last 12 games.
The Mustangs outshot SUNY Canton, 28-17, marking the 12th time this season Stevenson has held its opponent to less than 20 shots. Seven of those games have come at home.
Stevenson and the Kangaroos face-off for the second of a two-game series on Saturday, February 20 when the Mustangs host Senior Day beginning at 5:15 p.m. Pregame ceremonies will begin at 4:55 p.m. Fans can watch live, here.