MUSTANGS VERSUS NEUMANN
The two teams met earlier this season, with Stevenson coming away with a 4-1 victory on home ice. Senior Chelsea Blackburn scored twice for the Mustangs, who outshot the Knights, 46-24, including 20-5 in the opening period. Blackburn has nine points in six games versus Neumann. Despite missing the last game in the series, Bek Lucas has a team-high four points versus Stevenson.
After losing the first five games of the series, Stevenson has won the last seven games, outscoring the Knights, 23-9, holding Neumann to just one goal in the last six games.
SCOUTING THE KNIGHTS
Neumann had it seven-game winning streak snapped with a 5-2 loss at Nichols its last time out. Over the last eight games, the Knights have outscored their opponents, 39-10, with three shutouts during that stretch. The Knights rank 12th in Division III with 3.35 goals per game and boast the nation's leading scoring in Bek Lucas. Lucas is averaging 1.39 goals per game and ranks tied for third with 2.00 points per game. She has also netted six power play goals and a pair of shorthanded goals.
Jackie Schneider ranks 29th in the country with 1.25 points per game, including 0.75 assists per game. Rookie Katelyn Brown ranks seventh amongst freshman, recording 1.05 points per game. In net, both Helen Cooney and Julia Fair have played in 11 games, with Fair posting a 2.13 goals against average and a .935 save percentage. Cooney has a 2.54 GAA and a .920 save percentage.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Mustangs are 30-12-5 at home since head coach Tracy Johnson took over the helm. The team has held its opponents to two goals or less in 31 games, including one goal or less in 24 games. Stevenson has also posted 11 home shutouts during that time. Senior Chelsea Blackburn has recorded 61 points in 39 home games on 41 goals and 20 assists while recording five hat tricks. Classmate Monica Pozuc has 41 points in 39 home games with 18 goals and 23 assists.
Stevenson will honor its seven seniors on Friday in pregame ceremonies. Together, Blackburn, Pozuc, Sarah Antonelli, Chelsea Ellis, Savannah Sommers, Natalie Rosendahl and Allie Bruns have compiled a 63-29-7 record, including 27-8-4 on home ice. while totaling a plus-155 rating. They have totaled 320 points on 144 goals and 176 assists. The Mustangs are a combined 92-7-10 one any one of the seven player score a goal and 110-17-9 when they dish out an assist.
QUITE THE TURNAROUND
After starting the season winless in its first seven games, Stevenson is unbeaten in 13 of its last 14 and is riding an 10-game unbeaten streak, which ranks tied for third in Division III. The Mustangs have won six of their last seven games. Stevenson was outscored 39-5 in the opening seven games and have since outscored its opponents, 58-20.
OVERTIME IS MUSTANG TIME
Stevenson has never lost an overtime game in program history, posting a 5-0-8 record. The Mustangs have posted four ties this season, the first time with multiple ties in a season, and is 3-0-7 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.
THREE TIMES A CHARM
Stevenson is nearly unbeatable when scoring at least three goals as the team has posted a 57-5-3 program record. In comparison, the Mustangs are 20-43-7 when held to two or fewer goals. Defensively, the team is 69-9-7 when holding opponents to two goals or less compared to 8-51-2 when allowing three of more goals. When the Mustangs take at least 30 shots in a game, the team is 51-13-6 under Johnson compared to 18-43-5 when being held to under 30 shots.
Blackburn and Pozuc have combined for 53 points this season on 25 goals and 28 assists. They have eight power play goals between the two, four game-winning goals and two shorthanded goals. Each skater has recorded a hat trick. Last weekend, the two seniors combined for 17 points.
Pozuc is two points shy of moving into a tie for second place (79).
Pozuc is two assists shy of tying the program record (48).
Blackburn is three assists shy of tying the program record (48).
Blackburn is two goals shy of 80 for her career.
Blackburn is one point shy of tying her individual season record (33).
Pozuc is two power play goals shy of tying the single season record (8).
Rosendahl is one point shy of 30 for her career.