Two Third Period Power Play Goals Not Enough For Mustangs Against Neumann

Two Third Period Power Play Goals Not Enough For Mustangs Against Neumann

ASTON, Pa. - The Stevenson men's ice hockey got third-period power play goals from junior Dominic Brenza and freshman Jarrod Vroman, but it was not enough as the host Neumann University lit the lamp one time in each frame to grab a 3-2 UCHC win over the Mustangs on Friday night at IceWorks Skating Complex.

  • Stevenson (9-11-0, 6-7-0 UCHC) put the pressure on Knights goalie Mike Cosentino just a minute and a half in when junior Mark Bowen missed the net twice with a pair of shots.
  • Neumann (4-13-4, 3-7-4 UCHC) struck at the 2:37 mark when Richie Brusco took a feed from Eric Madison who received the initial pass off the stick of Chris Ordoobadi and beat freshman Riley McVeigh for the 1-0 lead.
  • The home side went on the power play as junior Bruce Stachitas was taken to the box for holding with 9:02 gone, but it would be the visitors who recorded the only shot shorthanded as Vroman was stopped by Cosentino.
  • The Knights looked to add on with seven minutes to go when Dan Cangelosi fired back-to-back attempts wide and Matt Gerber was denied by McVeigh.
  • Stevenson with 2:34 remaining went to the power play thanks to a hook against Grant Universal, unfortunately, they could only muster one shot that came from Stachitas who had it blocked by Madison.

  • Again the home team struck early as Brusco netted his second on the night at the 34-second mark taking a pass from Thomas Mansbridge and putting it past the Mustangs keeper.
  • Neumann once again was on the attack with 12-minutes remaining when Clay Boyd was stoned by McVeigh, Connor Annett was blocked by Brenza and Universal clanged one off the post keeping it at 2-0.
  • Stevenson had a chance to pull within one as with 6:35 left on the clock junior Jake McNamara let a shot fly towards goal that was knocked away by Cosentino the rebound came back to McNamara who then ripped it wide.  
  • Eight-seconds later sophomores Liam Walsh fired his shot wide that was followed up by Aaron Murray who was shut down by the netminder.
  • The Knights looked to take advantage of a power play with five minutes to go as they recorded seven shots during the man-up but none were able to get beyond McVeigh.

  • Stevenson went to the power play just 45-seconds in when Universal was sent off for tripping. During the power play, the Mustangs posted five shots with offerings from Vroman, Brenza and freshman Ryan Patrick turned away by Cosentino.
  • With Paul Butler in the sin bin for hooking the guests finally got on the scoreboard at 4:58 when Brenza buried his shot past Cosentino after a nice passing play between classmates Christian Ripley and Colin Woods.
  • The Knights answered just 1:10 later on their own power play as Joe Mitchell beat McVeigh after a pass from Tommy Dougherty made it 3-1.
  • With 5:03 remaining the Mustangs cut the deficit down to one when Vroman picked up his second of the season off a feed from Stachitas on the man-up.
  • McVeigh would go to the bench at the 18:13 mark but three shots from Murray were knocked away and one attempt by Walsh was saved by Cosentino.
  • Stevenson had one final chance with two seconds to go after Brenza won an offensive zone faceoff the blast off the stick of Ripley was stopped to end the game.

  • The loss snapped the Mustangs three-game winning streak.
  • Neumann outshot Stevenson 32-31.
  • The Mustangs were 2 for 10 on the power play, while the Knights went 1 for 9.
  • There were 19 combined penalties totaling 88 minutes.
  • Stevenson held a slim edge in the faceoff circle going 34-65 to Neumann's 31-65.
  • Brenza's goal was his first of the season.

  • Stevenson is right back in action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Manhattanville College for a pivotal United Collegiate Hockey Conference and Middle Atlantic Conference contest for a 3:30pm faceoff against the Valiants.