Mustangs Continue Home Stand, Welcome Brockport, No. 8 Geneseo

Mustangs Continue Home Stand, Welcome Brockport, No. 8 Geneseo

Game Notes

Game 16:
Friday, January 12 | 7 PM
Reisterstown Sportsplex | Reisterstown, Md.
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Game 17:
Saturday, January 13 | 3:30 PM
Reisterstown Sportsplex | Reisterstown, Md.
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Brockport has dropped six of its last eight games following a 5-2 upset over 14th-ranked Plattsburgh back in early November.  The Eagles have since fallen to 5th-ranked Oswego and 7th-ranked Geneseo. The Eagles have outscored opponents, 15-10 in the opening period but get outscored 17-12 in the middle frame. Aidan Verbeke leads the team with 18 points on eight goals and a team-high 10 assists. He shares the team lead in gaols with Zac Sikich. Brockport leads the nation in penalty kill, having only allowed two power play goals on 55 shorthanded scenarios.

In net, Matt Schneider has started 10 of the teams' 13 games and has posted a 3.08 goals against average and a .897 save percentage.

Geneseo started the season with seven wins in its opening eight games and has since gone 2-3-1. The Knights rank sixth in Division III in scoring offense, averaging 4.21 goals per game. The Knights are led by Conlan Keenan, who ranks 13th in the nation with 1.57 points per game. Meanwhile. Andrew Romano leads all of Division III with 1.21 assists per game. Seven different players have totaled at least 10 points this season while Tyson Empey leads the team with 12 goals, including seven on the power play.

Geneseo's power play units rank 11th in the nation, operating at 24.3 percent. Defensively, the penalty kill units rank in the middle of the pack, and have allowed four power play goals over the last two games.

Stevenson is 4-2-1 on home ice this season and has outscored its opponents, 28-17. The Mustangs are averaging 4.0 goals per game at Reisterstown Sportsplex compared to 1.8 goals per game on the road. Senior Mike Davis has 17 points on eight goals and seven assists in 19 home games while sophomore Christian Ripley has totaled 15 points in 18 home games on six goals and nine assists. Senior Jordan Watt has eight goals at home while classmate Doug Rose has eight assists. 

Ripley scored the game's lone goal at the 15:01 mark of the second period to lift visiting Stevenson over the Eagles. Watt picked up the assist. Brockport heavily outshot the Mustangs, 34-16 but senior Jacob Caffrey stopped all 34 shots for his first career shutout. Stevenson killed off all three shorthanded situations while Brockport did not take any penalties. 

After Stevenson tied the game at 1-1 early in the second period with a power play goal by sophomore Colin Woods, the Knights fired off five consecutive goals before sophomore Austin Swingle added a third period power play goal. The Mustangs finished 2-for-6 on the power play while Genseo was 2-for-7. The Knights outshot Stevenson, 45-16 and won 48 of the 72 face-offs. 

Currently, four players are riding point streaks, including three of them with a three-game point streak. After picking up his first career point with his first career goal, freshman Liam Walsh has totaled four points over the last three games. Meanwhile, sophomore Dominic Brenza and Nick Gray each have five points over their last three games. 

Stevenson's penalty kill units currently rank 14th in Division III, killing off 87.8 percent of its shorthanded situations. The Mustangs have killed off their last six penalty kill opportunities and have held their opponents without a power play goal in four of the last five games. Stevenson has also scored three shorthanded goals this season, all coming at home. 

When the Mustangs take a lead, they are nearly unbeatable, posting a 14-1-2 all-time record when scoring first. The lone loss came this season versus Neumann. Stevenson has never lost when leading at either intermission, boasting a 6-0-1 record with a lead after one and a 13-0-1 record when leading at the second intermission. 

Stevenson has used 32 different line combinations this season. Over the last three games, the line of Brenza, Gray and freshman Carl Lyden have posted 13 points together on two goals and 11 assists while also recording a plus-8 rating. Over the same three-game span, the line of Swingle freshmen Liam Walsh and Houston Wilson have totaled seven points on three goals and four assists. 

Davis is 12 points shy of 100 for his career.
Rose is three points shy of 50 for his career.
Davis is three assists shy of 40 for his career.
Brenza is three assists shy of tying the single season record with 14 assists.