BOSTON, Mass. - Junior Allie Sabatini scored the game-tying goal before senior Chelsea Blackburn scored the game-winning goal with 3:33 remaining in regulation as the Stevenson women's ice hockey team erased a first period deficit to down Wesleyan (Conn.), 2-1, to take third place in the 11th Annual Codfish Bowl Sunday afternoon at Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
The Mustangs (1-6-1), who have appeared in the second most Codfish Bowl's along with Trinity (Conn.) and only behind host UMass Boston, improve to 5-5 at the tournament. The team finished in third for the third time in five tries at the Codfish Bowl, including the second consecutive. It was also the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
After Stevenson fired its first shot wide of the net, the Cardinals (2-3-0) scored on their first shot of the game just 1:28 into the contest as Alexis Banquer got the puck past sophomore Annie Smyth-Hammond. But the Mustangs would hold Wesleyan scoreless on its next 22 shots and for the remaining 58:32.
With 3:01 remaining in the opening period, the Mustangs were whistled for a hooking call. But the penalty kill units stood strong as Smyth-Hammond stopped all three shots on net. Stevenson was called for three penalties in the game and finished a perfect 3-for-3 on its shorthanded situations, marking the second consecutive game the team has not allowed a power play goal after allowing a power play goal in the first six games.
Sabatini tied the game with an unassisted tally just 4:07 into the second period on her own rebound for her first goal of the season and fifth of her career. It is her second goal and third point in four Codfish Bowl games. Meanwhile, the goal is the first goal and just the second point outside of the senior class this season.
The Mustangs went on the power play for the first time just 4:27 before having a two-player advantage for 1:28. Stevenson fired three shots on net during the five-on-three but were all knocked aside by Allegra Grant. The team had another two shots on net after the first penalty expired but Grant again kept the game knotted at 1-1.
After being outshot 11-6 in the opening period, Stevenson outshot the Cardinals, 14-6 in the second period.
The Mustangs killed off their third penalty midway through the second period before Blackburn scored an unassisted breakaway goal down the right side over the glove side of Grant. It is the 18th career game-winning goal for Blackburn who is now six points shy of 100. The goal was also her 10th at the Codfish Bowl in three years.
The team held Wesleyan without a shot over the final four-plus minutes. The Cardinals pulled Grant with 33 seconds remaining but senior Natalie Rosendahl blocked the only shot attempt. Stevenson finished with eight blocked shots, including two by freshman Paige Stapleton.
The Mustangs, who improve to 22-10 in one-goal games in program history, outshot the Cardinals, 32-23, including 12-6 in the third period.
Stevenson returns to action on Friday, December 1 when the Mustangs host a United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) and Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) conference versus King's (Pa.). Puck drop is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.