FREDONIA, N.Y. - For the fourth time in the four-game series, the Stevenson men's ice hockey team and Fredonia went to overtime as the Mustangs erased a third period deficit to battle to a 2-2 non-conference overtime tie Saturday afternoon at Steele Hall Ice Arena.
The Mustangs (5-4-5) have played in four consecutive overtime games and six overall this season, posting five ties. Stevenson is 2-17-3 in its one and a half seasons when its opponent scores first, including 0-3-2 this season.
Fredonia (7-5-3) scored the first goal of the game as Gavin Nickerson slid the puck across the ice to Ryan Dunn who fired the puck to the top corner of the net over the stick side of senior Jacob Caffrey. The Mustangs have allowed 11 first period goals this season.
On the third power play attempt of the game for Stevenson, sophomore Liam Walsh found the back of the net for the second consecutive game. After the Blue Devils tried to clear to puck from behind their own net, Walsh intercepted the puck and wrapped it around the cage for the extra man score. Sophomores Nick Gray and Dominic Brenza picked up the assists.
Brenza has three assists over his last two games and now shares the team lead with 10 assists on the year.
Just 5:40 later, Fredonia reclaimed the lead as Jimmy Morgan beat Caffrey glove side. It is the fourth point for Morgan in the four-game series versus Stevenson.
The Mustangs erased the one-goal deficit just 2:02 into the third period as a shot rebounded out towards the blue line to freshman Aaron Murray who fired it back towards net and past goaltender Eric Bogart for his first career goal.
Both teams had power play opportunities in the third period but Fredonia recorded three shots on the Mustangs power play chance while Caffrey stopped all four shots on the hosts extra man advantage.
Fredonia held a 38-35 advantage in shots while holding a slight 39-35 edge in face-off wins. The Mustangs finished 1-for-5 on the power play and killed off all three shorthanded situations.
Stevenson returns to action on Wednesday, January 10 when the Mustangs host a single non-conference contest versus Canton beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Photo credit, Ron Szot, Fredonia Athletics