Nov 24, 2017
MUSTANGS VS. ENDICOTT
Former Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) foes meet for the seventh time in the last three years. Stevenson won two of the first three meetings, including the inaugural CHC championship in double overtime. Last season, the Gulls won all three meetings, including in the CHC semis. Endicott has outscored the Mustangs, 12-8 but both teams have three power play goals. The Gulls have averaged 34.3 shots in the series compared to 28.8 for Stevenson. The Mustangs have committed 26 penalties compared to 21 for Endicott. The Mustangs are outscoring Endicott, 5-3 in the first period but the Gulls have outscored Stevenson 9-2 in the second and third periods combined.
SCOUTING THE GULLS
Endicott is unbeaten through seven games this season, including a three game win streak. The Gulls rank 10th in the nation, scoring 3.86 goals per game and tied for fifth in scoring defense, allowing just 1.00 goal per game. Endicott is the sixth least penalized team in Division III and is one of five teams still perfect on the penalty kill. The Gulls power play units rank ninth in the country, operating at 27.3 percent and has scored in six of the team's seven games. Lexi Klein ranks 17th in Division III with 0.86 goals per game while Ellen Carter ranks 24th with 1.43 points per game, which also ranks third amongst defensemen. In net, Vendela Jonsson ranks ninth with a 0.98 goals against average and 19th with a .943 save percentage.
Stevenson's senior class has been away from Reisterstown Sportsplex for over 63 percent of their games over their career thus far. During that time, the team has posted a 31-20-4 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
The Mustangs are no stranger to playing teams mentioned in the USCHO.com Top 10 Poll this season, having played four games against top three ranked teams. The schedule does not get any easier as Stevenson faces Endicott who is receiving votes in this week's poll. The Mustangs are 1-11 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 fifth least penalized team in Division III as they are in the box for just 6.3 minutes per game. Endicott is the sixth least penalized team with 6.6 penalty minutes per game. Stevenson however, has struggled on the penalty kill, having allowed nine power play goals on 18 opportunities. On the other end, the Mustangs have scored just one power play goal on 33 chances. Endicott is one of five teams who has not allowed a power play goal this season, stopping all 21 shorthanded situations.
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 eight points this season and has an unbeatable track when any of the eight classmates show up on the scoresheet. The group is a combined 80-6-4 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 points shy of moving into third place.
Pozuc is five assists shy of becoming the second player to record 40 in a career.