HERSHEY, Pa. - In the first meeting between future United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) foes, the Stevenson women's ice hockey team got the better of Lebanon Valley, posting a 4-1 non-conference victory Friday afternoon at Hersheypark Arena.
The Mustangs (8-6-0) stayed out of the penalty box for just the second time in program history after not committing a penalty. The team entered the contest as the 10th least penalized team in Division III this season.
After the Dutchmen (2-9-0) recorded the opening shot on net, Stevenson maintained position in its offensive zone for the majority of the opening period, firing 30 shots on net, the highest in a single period this season.
It is also the sixth time in program history the team has recorded 30 shots in a single period, with the other five coming in two games versus Daniel Webster a season ago.
Despite drawing an early penalty, the Mustangs could not convert and got four shots on net. The visitors got another try at the power play with 4:13 remaining but again could not find the back fo the net as goaltender Jillian Moffat knocked away all three shots on net.
Moffat also got help from her defense who blocked four shots in the opening frame.
Stevenson recorded the first shot of the second period in the opening 10 seconds, but it was the host Dutchmen who got on the board first on just their third shot of the game as MacKenzie Bokina beat freshman goaltender Annie Smyth-Hammond.
Just 19 seconds later, the visitors responded as freshman Rachel Grewette scored for the second time in as many games with a slap shot to the upper right corner that Moffat never saw.
With a five-on-three opportunity late in the game, junior Chelsea Blackburn was able to put home a low-angled shot on the red line on a pass from classmate Sarah Antonelli. Blackburn remains four points shy of tying the program record of 79.
Midway through the third period, the Mustangs had their second five-on-three opportunity, this one for 46 seconds. The visitors recorded two shots during that span and finally got another past Moffat with 17 seconds remaining on the second Dutchmen penalty.
Just 30 seconds after the score, the Mustangs had their eighth power play opportunity of the game and scored with just seven seconds remaining as Sabatini scored after poking at the lose puck in front of the net after an initial shot by Siemasko.
The Mustangs outshot Lebanon Valley, 86-6, and won 55 of the 66 face-offs.
Moffat finished with 82 saves, marking the seventh game she has recorded at least 40 and fifth time she has totaled at least 70. Smyth-Hammond finished with five saves for the Mustangs.
Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, January 7 when the Mustangs host Lebanon Valley in the second of a home-and-home series. Opening puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.