MARLBORO, Mass. - Highlighted by the first career shutout by freshman Annie Smyth-Hammond, the Stevenson women's ice hockey swept Becker with a 2-0 Colonial Hockey Conference victory Saturday evening at the New England Sports Center.
The Mustangs (3-1, 2-0 CHC) have posted three shutouts in five all-time meeting versus Becker and has outscored them, 23-4 in series history. The team also extended its unbeaten streak to 16 in the conference since the start of last season.
For the second-straight game, Stevenson and the Hawks (1-3, 0-2 CHC) failed to score through the first two periods, with the Mustangs once again dominating the stat sheet. After both teams recorded 10 shots on net in the first period, Stevenson outshot the host, 15-1 in the second.
It is the third time Becker goalkeeper Madison Rigsby has faced the Mustangs and with 42 saves in net tonight, Rigsby has now totaled 110 saves versus the defending conference champions.
The Mustangs tallied a third period goal in the fourth consecutive game as junior Chelsea Blackburn scored an unassisted shorthanded goal with 5:52 remaining. It is the fifth shorthanded goal for Blackburn in her career.
In addition, Blackburn has recorded nine goals and one assist in five meeting versus the Hawks, including four game-winning goals.
Sophomore Maddy Ricci scored her first goal of the season with an empty net goal with 57 seconds remaining. Stevenson has scored a goal in the final two minutes of play in all four games with three of those coming in the final minute. The team scored with 1:01 remaining in the season opener.
Smyth-Hammond finished with 22 saves to post her second win in her second career start.
The Mustangs failed to score on their four power play opportunities and is just 1-for-27 on the season. The penalty kill however ranks fifth in Division III, having killed of 23 of its 24 opportunities.
Stevenson returns to action on Friday, November 11 when the Mustangs travel to Johnson & Wales for a two-game Colonial Hockey Conference series beginning at 5:55 p.m.