SCOUTING THE DUTCHMEN
Lebanon Valley has just one win in its last five games, coming over then 15th-ranked Utica, a 6-1 home win. The Dutchmen are 1-2-2 over the last five, having been outscored, 19-15. The team is 7-for-32 on the power play this season and 36-for-44 on the penalty kill. The Dutchmen have netted a pair of shorthanded goals.
Brett Johnson leads the team with 13 points on a team best seven goals while adding six assists. Cole Hepler has dished out a team best nine assists. Bryan Hovanec has two shorthanded goals while Travis Acker and TJ Sneath had three and two power play goals, respectively. In net, both Nick Sorgio and Tyler Perhac have started three games with Sorgio leading the team with a 2.40 goals against average and a .922 save percentage.
SCOUTING THE SOARING EAGLES
Elmira has split its last four games, falling to then 15th-ranked Utica and fourth-ranked Geneseo. Four of the Soaring Eagles five losses have come versus ranked opponents. The team is coming off an 8-3 victory over Lebanon Valley. The Soaring Eagles rank sixth in Division III with a 28.1 percent power play conversion (16-for-57). The penalty kills units are operating at just 76.4 percent.
Matthew Cuce leads the team with 18 points on seven goals and 11 assists with his 1.64 points per game ranking 18th in the nation. Nick Ford has 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) while Connor Powell has 15 points (nine goals, six assists). In net, Jake Sabourin and Gennaro Anzevino have split time with both holding over a 4.00 goals against average and below an .890 save percentage.
The Mustangs have posted a 16-12-2 record at Reisterstown Sportsplex through the first two-plus seasons, including 7-6-1 a season ago. In 30 home games, junior Dominic Brenza has totaled 28 points on 10 goals and 18 assists while classmate Christian Ripley has recorded 21 points on seven goals and 14 assists in 29 home games. Sophomore Aaron Murray has 15 points (one goal, 14 assists) in his 18 career games on home ice while junior Nick Gray has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 17 games at Reisterstown Sportsplex.
PLAYING IT CLOSE
Twenty-one of Stevenson's 60 games have been one-goal games. The team is 14-7 in one-goal games in program history, including 4-1 this season. Of those 21 games, nine of them have been decided in overtime, with the Mustangs posting a 5-4 record in overtime games, excluding ties. Last season, the Mustangs were 4-3 in one-goal games, winning their final three one-goal games.
DIFFERENCE IN A DAY
Stevenson is 0-4-0 on Friday this season and 5-1-0 on Saturday. The Mustangs are averaging 1.25 goals per game on Friday compared to 3.5 goals per game in their six Saturday games. The team dropped its first Saturday contest this season last weekend.
WINLESS IN DECEMBER
In the first two seasons, Stevenson is 0-3-2 in the month of December. Three of the five games have been decided in overtime with all three of those games on the road. Two of the three losses have been one-goal losses. The Mustangs have averaged 1.8 goals in the month of December.
The Mustangs have used 24 different line combinations, not including the extra forward. The line of sophomore Carl Lyden and juniors Dominic Brenza and Nick Gray have combined for 16 points in five games this season while junior Mark Bowen and freshmen Ryan Patrick and Luke Benitez have five points in three games together this season.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
Twenty-one different players have recorded a point this season, including five freshmen, which includes goaltender Riley McVeigh who picked up an assist. Of those 21 players, 15 have found the back of the net. The junior class leads the team with 33 points on 10 goals and 23 assists while the sophomores have posted 10 goals and 12 assists. Meanwhile, the freshmen class has recorded 19 points on six goals and 13 assists.
Benitez is one power play goals shy of tying for second all-time (5).
Ripley is one assist shy of solo third all-time (20).
Lyden is one goal shy of moving into a tie for seventh in a single season.
Brenza is two assists shy of moving into a tie for eighth in a single season.