Nov 16, 2017
MUSTANGS VS. ELMIRA
This is the third meeting between Stevenson and Elmira and first since 2014. No player on either roster has ever faced the other team. In both meetings, the Soaring Eagles have been ranked third in the country, their current ranking this week. Elmira posted shutouts in both meetings, including a 3-0 home win in the Stevenson's inaugural season and a 5-0 win on the Mustangs' home ice the following year, in head coach Tracy Johnson's first season with the team.
SCOUTING THE SOARING EAGLES
Elmira ranks first in Division III in scoring offense with 8.00 goals per game and first in scoring defense, allowing just 0.33 goals per game. The Soaring Eagles special teams are just as impressive, as the team ranks second on the power play at 39.1 percent and first on the penalty kill, operating at a perfect 100 percent. Sarah Hughson leads the team with six goals, five of them coming on the power play, which leads the nation. Meanwhile, Katie Granato shares the team lead with eight points on four goals and four assists. All 18 skaters have registered a point this season. In net, Kelcey Crawford has started in two of the team's three games, posting a 0.50 goals against average and a .955 save percentage. Elizabeth Hanson was perfect in her one start.
Stevenson's senior class has been away from Reisterstown Sportsplex for 62.3 percent of their games over their career thus far. During that time, the team has posted a 31-18-4 record away from home, including 3-5 in neutral sites. Senior Chelsea Blackburn has recorded 53 of her 92 career points on the road, totaling 34 goals and 19 assists. Classmate Allie Bruns has recorded 13 of her 16 career points on the road while Natalie Rosendahl has scored all five of her career goals away from home ice.
PLAYING THE BEST
This will be the third and fourth games against ranked opponents this season, all in the top three, as Elmira is currently ranked at No. 3. In the opening week, the Mustangs faced No. 2 Adrian and No. 3 Norwich. Stevenson is 1-9 all-time versus ranked opponents, with the team's lone win over a ranked opponent came versus No. 10 Utica on January 17, 2015.
OUT OF THE BOX
The Mustangs are the second least penalized team in Division III as they are in the box for just 6.5 minutes per game. Endicott leads the nation with 6.4 penalty minutes per game. Stevenson however, has the nation's worst penalty kill, having allowed seven power play goals on 12 opportunities. On the other end, the Mustangs have scored just one power play goal on 23 chances.
Stevenson is just 16-29-2 under Johnson when allowing a power play goal, including 0-3-1 this season. In comparison, the team is 43-11-3 when the opponent is scoreless on the power play.
OVERTIME IS MUSTANG TIME
Stevenson has never lost an overtime game in program history, posting a 5-0-5 record. The Mustangs posted a tie their last time out and is 3-0-5 in overtime on home ice. Chelsea Blackburn has a hand in four of the five overtime winning goals, scoring two of them while assisting on the other two. Meanwhile, junior Maddy Ricci has a hand in two of those goals, both scoring and assisting.
The senior class has recorded all seven points this season and has an unbeatable track when any of the eight classmates show up on the scoresheet. The group is a combined 80-5-4 when anyone of the eight score a goal and 95-14-2 when dishing out an assist. When they have a positive plus-minus rating, they are a combined 173-18-9.
Blackburn is eight points shy of 100 for her career.
Monica Pozuc is three point shy of moving into third place.
Pozuc is five assists shy of becoming the second player to record 40 in a career.