REISTERSTOWN, Md. - Stevenson men's ice hockey sophomore Dominic Brenza picked up his 14th assist of the season while sophomore Justin Stelzer recorded his first career goal as the Mustangs drop a non-conference contest to 8th-ranked Geneseo, 7-3 Saturday afternoon at Reisterstown Sportsplex.
It was the eighth game for the Mustangs (6-6-5) in program history against a ranked opponent with the team going 0-8 in those games. It was the first time that Stevenson has recorded more than two goals against a ranked team while marking the fourth time the team has allowed six goals or more.
The Knights (11-4-1) took an early 1-0 lead just 3:07 into the contest as Duggie Lagrone scored after his initial shot went wide and hit off the back of the boards to the point. Mitch Ferguson passed the puck across Devin Brink who found Lagrone for the early score. But the hosts had an answer just shy of the midway point of the opening period with a five-on-three power play goal.
After Brenza won the face-off in the offensive zone, senior Jordan Watt sent the puck down to sophomore Nick Gray before Gray sent the puck to senior Doug Rose at the point. Rose fed the puck down low to Brenza before cutting towards the net and receiving the puck back, scoring on a low shot on the glove side of Devin McDonald. Rose has goals in back-to-back games while both Brenza and Gray extend their point streaks to five games.
Brenza's 14 assists this season ties the single season record set in the inaugural season by senior Mike Davis.
With the game tied at 1-1 entering the second intermission, Geneseo, the fifth best scoring offense in Division III, scored three times in the final 5:06 of the middle frame, including back-to-back goals just 11 seconds apart in the final 54.9 seconds.
The Mustangs opened the third period scoring to close the deficit to two goals as Brenza netted his fifth goal of the season on assists from freshmen Carl Lyden and Aaron Murray. It is Brenza's seventh multi-point game of the season and third straight. He has four multi-point games in his last five. Meanwhile, Lyden has a point in four of his last five games.
After the visitors responded with a pair of goals, Stelzer netted his first career goal as sophomore Tyler Slusarczyk dove to poke the puck out of the defensive zone to Lyden. After Lyden carried it through the neutral zone, the rookie found Stelzer who scored on the near left post.
Geneseo outshot the Mustangs, 35-23 after being outshot 14-6 in the opening period. Stevenson finished 1-for-7 on the power play while the Knights went 1-for-2. The hosts won 37 of the 65 face-offs, with Brenza and freshman Houston Wilson winning 15 and 10, respectively.
Stevenson returns to action on Friday, January 19 when the Mustangs travel to Lebanon Valley for a United Collegiate Hockey Conference and Middle Atlantic Conference contest. Opening face-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.