HERSHEY, Pa. - For the eighth time this season, the Stevenson men's ice hockey team went to overtime as the Mustangs skated to a 2-2 overtime tie versus Lebanon Valley in United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) and Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) play Friday evening at Hersheypark Arena.
It is the sixth overtime game in the last eight game for the Mustangs (6-6-6, 4-2-3 UCHC/3-0-1 MAC), who are 0-2-6 in overtime games this season. Despite the tie, the Mustangs still lead the MAC with seven points.
The Mustangs struck first as freshman Carl Lyden netted his third goal of the season and second in the last three games after burying a rebound off a shot from sophomore Alfred Panelin-Borg. With the goal, Lyden extends his point streak to four games as has five points during that stretch. Meanwhile, it is the first point for Panelin-Borg since he dished out assists in two of the first three games of the season.
The power play goal marks the sixth consecutive game that the Mustangs have scored on the player advantage.
Stevenson pushed its lead to two just 4:53 into the second period as sophomore Christian Ripley scored his second goal this season with an unassisted tally. Ripley has a point in three of his last four games and now has four points in the four games versus Lebanon Valley. It is the first unassisted goal for the Mustangs this season.
The Dutchmen (5-7-2, 4-2-2 UCHC/1-2-1 MAC) pulled within one just 4:44 later as Travis Acker scored with two seconds remaining on the power play. Lebanon Valley eventually tied the game at 2-2 with a third period tie goal with 7:16 remaining in regulation. It is just the third time in 16 games that the Mustangs have not posted a win when leading after two periods.
Late in regulation, the Mustangs had a pair of power play opportunities but could not convert on their six shot attempts on net. Stevenson finished 1-for-6 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill.
In overtime, Stevenson was whistled for an interference penalty with 1:29 remaining but only allowed one shot on net. Both meetings between the two teams on Lebanon Valley's home ice have ended in ties.
Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, January 20 when the Mustangs travel to face Chatham in an UCHC contest beginning at 7:20 p.m.