Mustangs Battle Back to Finish in a 2-2 Tie at Canton

Mustangs Battle Back to Finish in a 2-2 Tie at Canton

CANTON, N.Y. - The Stevenson women's ice hockey team twice battled back from one-goal deficits as the Mustangs finished the regular season with a 2-2 Colonial Hockey Conference tie versus Canton Saturday afternoon at the Roos House.

With the tie and an earlier Morrisville victory over Johnson & Wales, the Mustangs (13-10-1, 7-4-1 CHC) will most likely fall to the fourth seed in the upcoming conference playoffs and will host a first-round game. The team also remains unbeaten in program history in overtime with a 5-0-5 record.

Jessica Pele got the hosts on the scoreboard just past the midway point of the opening period after her wrister beat sophomore goaltender Caitie Darosa on her near stick side. Pele finished with two points in the weekend series.

Just three seconds after Canton took a 1-0 lead, the Mustangs were whistled for a tripping penalty after winning the face-off. The Roos managed just one shot on net during the power-play after junior Chelsea Blackburn blocked the only other shot attempt.

Stevenson went on the power-play for the first time in the game with 4:00 minutes remaining in the opening period but like Canton the Mustangs could only get one shot to the net. The visitors went back on the power-play just 50 seconds later that carried over into the second period.

The Mustangs had a scoring opportunity in the remaining 50 seconds of their power-play to start the second period after Blackburn left the puck for junior Monica Pozuc, but Brooke Susac kept the visitors off the board with a pad save.

Just 33 seconds after the Stevenson power-play ended, the Roos went right back to the penalty box but the hosts remained perfect on the penalty kill after Susac knocked away three shots.

Blackburn knotted the game and 1-1 after collecting a pass from freshman Jordan Pirrello and firing a backhander past Susac for her 23rd goal of the season with 8:26 remaining. Blackburn has seven goals in her last six games while Pirrello has a point in four of her last seven games.

With 2:12 remaining in the second period, the Mustangs committed their second penalty of the game and with three seconds left in the penalty kill, Blackburn drew a hooking call after making a shorthanded breakaway.

Stevenson again started the period with a power-play with 1:45 remaining to start the third but again could not find the back of the net.

The Roos had a two-on-one breakaway with a second Mustangs defender trailing and Tess Adams was there for Canton to fire home a rebound off a shot by Kaylah Menchaca with 10:02 remaining in the third period to go back up by one.

It is the 20th goal of the season for Adams who is one of three players in the Colonial Hockey Conference to have 20 along with Blackburn.

With 7:35 remaining in regulation, the Mustangs went to the power-play for the fifth time in the game and this time converted as Pozuc beat Susac in front of the net after junior Natalie Rosendahl fired a shot from the point. Freshman Rachel Grewette also picked up an assist.

After Stevenson had the early momentum to start the overtime period, the Roos went to the power-play with 1:46 remaining in the extra period. After a pair of blocked shots by Rosendahl, the Mustangs had a two-on-one with Blackburn and Pozuc but Pozuc sent the shot just wide.

The Mustangs outshot Canton, 35-20 while the Roos had a slight 26-25 edge in face-offs, including the last one in their defensive zone with 18 seconds remaining.

Stevenson will host an opening round of the Colonial Hockey Conference playoffs on Saturday, February 25 as the Mustangs begin their title defense. Game time is to be announced.