Mustangs Drop Second-Straight to Neumann, Fall on New Year's Eve, 3-0
REISTERSTOWN, Md. - Led by 24 saves from Justina Mayr, Neumann jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period and made it stick as they Knights won their second-straight road game with a 3-0 victory over the Stevenson women's ice hockey team Monday at Reisterstown Sportsplex.
The loss was the second in as many games at home for the Mustangs (4-6) who began their inaugural season with a 4-4 mark in eight consecutive road contests.
The Knights (4-8-1), who have made nine-straight appearances in the ECAC West playoffs, outscored Stevenson 7-1 over the two-game series, netting two empty net goals. Mayr totaled 53 saves in the two meetings, including 33 in the second period where Stevenson held a 34-16 edge in shots.
Led by Mayr, Neumann also killed off all nine of the Mustangs' power play opportunities in the series, including five on Monday. Stevenson is just 4-for-47 on the power play this season and has not scored on its last 24 opportunities, a span of six games.
After a scoreless first 16 minutes, the Knights took a 1-0 lead at 17:11 of the first period when Amanda Simpson netted the first of her two goals off assists from Lauren Cusack and Megan Russelo. Today's second star of the game, Simpson also scored on a breakaway at 9:42 of the third period.
Stevenson could not get the equalizer past Mayr in the second period despite holding a 16-7 advantage in shots and four power play opportunities.
Mayr was named the game's first star after totaling 29 saves. Freshman McKenzie Bruch (Hiram, Ga./Boston Shamrocks) finished with 25 saves for the Mustangs while freshman Sydney Hughes (Califon, N.J./New Jersey Rockets) had two blocked shots.
Stevenson returns to action on Thursday, January 3 at UMass Boston in the sixth annual Codfish Bowl. Face-off is at 1:00 p.m. Live video of both of the Mustangs' games in the tournament will be available on GoMustangSports.com.