Mustangs Host Non-Conference Tilt Versus Neumann

Mustangs Host Non-Conference Tilt Versus Neumann

Game Notes

Game 13:
Saturday, January 6 | 5:30 PM
Reisterstown Sportsplex | Reisterstown, Md.
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This is the 12th all-time meeting between the two programs, ranking second in Stevenson history behind the 13 meetings versus Sacred Heart. After dropping the first five meetings in the series, the Mustangs have won the last six, including a 2-1 overtime victory last season.

For Stevenson, Chelsea Blackburn has recorded seven points on five goals and two assists in five games versus the Knights. Sarah Antonelli has four points on two goals and two assists while both Chelsea Ellis and Natalie Rosendahl each have recorded three points. Neumann has been led by Bek Lucas who has four points in four games versus the Mustangs, including three goals.

Over the last three years, Stevenson has outscored the Knights, 18-5 and is 6-for-22 on the power play. Meanwhile, Neumann is 0-for-16 on the player advantage. The Mustangs have also outshot the Knights, 169-118 during that stretch.

Neumann is led by Bek Lucas who leads Division III with 1.40 goals per game. The senior has recorded 17 points in 10 games this season on 14 goals and three assists. Lucas also has five power play goals, which is the second most in the nation this season. After recording five wins in their first seven games, the Knights are winless in their last four with one tie. Neumann has been heavily outshot throughout the season, 434-280, including 165-86 in the middle frame.

The Knights special teams rank in the middle of the pack in Division III with the power play ranking 28th (9-for-52, 17.3%) and the penalty kill ranking 37th (34-for-41, 82.9%).

Jackie Schneider and Katelyn Brown share the team lead with seven assists with each of them also totaling three goals, including one on the power play. In net, Helen Cooney and Julia Fair have split time with Cooney getting the start in the last two.

The Mustangs are 27-12-4 at home since head coach Tracy Johnson took over the helm. The team has held its opponents to two goals or less in 28 games, including one goal or less in 21 games. Stevenson has also posted 11 home shutouts during that time. Statistically, senior Chelsea Blackburn has recorded 51 points in 35 home games on 37 goals and 14 assists while recording five hat tricks. Classmate Monica Pozuc has posted 32 points in 35 home games on 14 goals and 18 assists. Senior Sarah Antonelli has 19 points in 33 home games while senior Kellen Wittman has 12 points in 16 home games.

Stevenson is nearly unbeatable when scoring at least three goals as the team has posted a 52-5-2 program record. In comparison, the Mustangs are 18-43-6 when held to two or fewer goals. Defensively, the team is 62-9-6 when holding opponents to two goals or less compared to 8-51-1 when allowing three of more goals. When the Mustangs take at least 30 shots in a game, the team is 45-13-5 under Johnson compared to 17-43-4 when being held to under 30 shots. 

The Mustangs are the fourth least penalized team in Division III as they are in the box for just 6.3 minutes per game. Meanwhile, Stevenson's opponents are averaging 11.0 penalty minutes per game. After starting 1-for-34 on the power play, the Mustangs are 11-for-28 since, with all 11 power play goals coming on home ice. Defensively, Stevenson started 10-for-18 on the penalty kill but have since killed of 17 of the last 18 shorthanded attempts. 

Stevenson has never lost an overtime game in program history, posting a 5-0-6 record. The Mustangs have posted a pair of ties this season, the first time with multiple ties in a season, and is 3-0-6 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. 

Ten players have posted a point streak this season. Currently, senior Chelsea Blackburn is riding a career-best six-game point streak while junior Cierra Siemasko has a career-high four game point streak. Blackburn has 11 points on six goals and five assists during the stretch while Siemasko has totaled three goals and three assists over her last four games. 

Senior Chelsea Blackburn became the first player in program history to reach 100 career points, doing it in just 88 games. She has had 27 career multi-point games in her three and a half seasons and has totaled seven career hat tricks. Blackburn holds nearly every school record, including points, goals, power play goals, shorthanded goals and game-winning goals. 

The senior class has accounted for nearly 62 percent of the team's points and has scored 75 percent of the team's goals. The class has had a hand in all but three of the team's 28 goals this season. The group is a combined 85-9-6 when anyone of the eight score a goal and 101-17-5 when dishing out an assist. When they have a positive plus-minus rating, they are a combined 190-21-9. 

Pozuc is one goal of moving into a tie for fourth on the all-time career list.
Pozuc is two assists shy of becoming the second player to record 40 in a career.
Pozuc is 10 assists shy of tying the program record (48).
Rosendahl (27 points) is five points shy of cracking the top-10 in program history.