Megan Donahue Leads Mustangs in Third Period Comeback, Ties Pilgrims 2-2
REISTERSTOWN, Md. - Stevenson women's ice hockey freshman Megan Donahue (Levittown, Pa./Princeton Tiger Lillies) scored the game-tying goal with 3:35 remaining to force overtime, however, the Mustangs could not get a shot on goal and earned a 2-2 tie against New England College Friday afternoon at Reisterstown Sportsplex.
Stevenson (5-8-1) snapped its three-game losing streak at home and it marked the fourth time the Mustangs came from behind to avoid a loss.
Donahue notched her second goal of the season in a scrum on the near pipe with helpers from freshmen Katie Abbott (Royal Oak, Mich./Belle Tire) and Brooke Webber (Washington, Pa./Pittsburgh Elite). Donahue also had a game-high six shots on goal and hit the pipe two minutes into the game, which if successful would have been the quickest goal in program history.
The first period looked like it would end scoreless as yesterday before Rachel Vigliano netted her team-leading sixth tally of the season, going top shelf, on assists from Aubrey Fischer and Chelsie Boroski with 30 seconds to go until the first intermission.
At 5:14 in the second period New England College (5-4-4) would increase their lead to two when Madyson Moore found the back of the net on a power play. Coming into today, NEC had failed to convert on their previous 16 power play opportunities.
Freshman Jessie Capanelli (Lancaster, Pa./West Chester Quakers) scored on the power play with 8:28 remaining in regulation with assists by freshmen Sydney Hughes (Califon, N.J./New Jersey Rockets) and Ana-Sophia Brande (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Anaheim Lady Ducks).
The goal snapped a 193:57 scoreless streak at home for Stevenson.
Capanelli also snapped senior Pilgrim goaltender Kristen Conners' 111:31 personal shutout streak becoming the first player to score on her since Mar. 5, 2012. Conners' made 18 stops in her 18th career start.
As a result of today's tie, New England College joins Lake Forest and Southern Maine with the most tie games this season with four in Division III Women's Ice Hockey.
Freshman goaltender Mackenzie Bruch (Hiram, Ga./Boston Shamrocks) made 23 stops, including two in overtime, to preserve the tie and improve her record to 2-4-1. Her .938 save percentage and 1.84 goals against average ranks 13th and 22nd, respectively, nationally.
The Mustangs travel to SUNY Canton next weekend, January 19-20, for two games against the Roos. Saturday's game is at 6:00 p.m.