SCOUTING THE COLONELS
In its inaugural season, Wilkes split its opening series versus Canton before falling to Elmira in the UCHC opener, 5-2. The Colonels jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 8:19 into the contest, before Elmira scored five unanswered. Donald Flynn leads the team with five points on two goals and three assists while both Tyler Barrow, Jay Gallagher, and Wade Novak have each netted a pair of goals. In net, Brandon Gordon has played all three games, recording 73 saves on 88 shots.
The Colonels are 3-for-22 on the power play and 14-for-22 on the penalty kill. Wilkes has netted a pair of shorthanded goals, both coming in the program's inaugural win. The team is also outshooting, its opponents, outshooting Elmira, 43-34.
SCOUTING THE MONARCHS
Entering its second season, King's is still searching for its first win in program history after starting the season 0-4. The Monarchs have been outscored, 26-5, including a season opening 10-0 loss versus then fifth-ranked Geneseo.
Luciano Bucci leads the team with three points, all coming on assists, while Christian La Croix has a team-high two goals. In net, all three goaltenders have seen action with Jake Tugnutt and Link Ferch each getting two starts. Tugnutt has a team-best .907 save percentage, stopping 88 of 97 shots, with six power play goals.
The Monarchs are just 1-for-16 on the power play and 10-for-18 on the penalty kill. King's is allowing 49.3 shots per game through the first four games.
HITTING THE ROAD
After opening the season with a pair of home games, the Mustangs hit the road for the first time this season. Stevenson will be no stranger to the road as the team is away from Reisterstown Sportsplex for 15 of its 25 games this season. Junior Dominic Brenza has totaled 15 points on three goals and 12 assists in 24 road games.
PLAYING IT CLOSE
The Mustangs seem to thrive in close games, posting a 12-6-0 record in one-goal games in program history. When the game is decided by two-goals, the team falls to 2-5-0. Stevenson has opened the season with a pair of one-goal victories. Last season, the Mustangs were 4-3 in one-goal games, winning their final three one-goal games.
GRABBING A LEAD
When Stevenson scores first, the team is 18-3-5 all-time. If the opponent scores first, the Mustangs fall to 5-19-3. In comparison, at the first intermission, the team is 9-1-3 when having a lead and 5-17-2 when trailing. At the second intermission, the Mustangs are 18-1-2 all-time with a lead and just 2-18-3 when behind. Stevenson posted its second victory last Saturday when trailing at the second intermission.
FOUR OR MORE
The odds of winning increasingly rise when the Mustangs score at least four goals. Through the first 53 games in program history, Stevenson is 17-3-1 when scoring four or more goals and 6-19-7 when scoring three or less. The Mustangs have only ever been shutout, three time, with two of those losses coming versus ranked opponents with the other coming versus a team receiving votes.
Through just two games this season, the top line of juniors Dominic Brenza and Nick Gray as well as sophomore Carl Lyden, have posted 10 points on four goals and six assists. The trio has also recorded a plus-six rating. Combined, Stevenson is 18-4-3 when one of these players scores a goal and 25-9-8 when any of them dish out an assist.
MUSTANGS NAME CAPTAINS
Junior Austin Swingle was named the second captain in program history after the departure of Mike Davis. Swingle was an assistant captain his first two seasons. Brenza and junior Justin Stelzer were named assistant captains for the season. The captains all three seasons have been forwards.
Brenza is two points shy of tying the program record (43).
Brenza is one goal shy of solo second (14) on the all-time list.
Ripley is one goal shy of 30 for his career.