Mustangs Hit the Road to Face UMass Boston, Former CHC Foe Johnson & Wales

Mustangs Hit the Road to Face UMass Boston, Former CHC Foe Johnson & Wales

Game Notes

Game 13:
Thursday, January 11 | 7 PM
Edward T. Barry Ice Rink | Boston, Mass.
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Game 14:
Saturday, January 13 | 6:55 PM
Lynch Arena | Pawtucket, R.I.
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After starting the season with only one loss in its first seven games, UMass Boston is winless in its last six games. The Beacons have been held to just one goal in four of those six games. Eighteen different players have recorded a point with three players sharing the team lead at seven. The Beacons power play units have not found the back of the net over the last three games and have allowed three power play goals over the last four games.

In net, Rachel Myette and Alyssa DiPippo have split that last two games, with Myette starting 11 of the 14 games on the season.

Johnson & Wales started the season winless in its first eight games but have since won four of the last seven, including two via shutout. Kathryn Mason and Drea Westgaard share the team lead with nine points with Westgaard scoring a team-best seven goals. Both have two power play goals apiece. The Wildcats power play units have gone cold after scoring a special teams goal in seven of their first 11 games. They are scoreless on their last 14 opportunities.

Kami Weiner has started all 15 games in net, posting a 2.98 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. She has three games with 40+ saves.

After five consecutive home games, the Mustangs hit the road for four straight. Stevenson is just 1-5-0 away from home this season, with the lone win coming on neutral ice at Edward T. Barry Ice Rink, home of UMass Boston. Senior Chelsea Blackburn has recorded 52 points in 54 games away from Reisterstown Sportsplex on 33 goals and 19 assists. Classmate Monica Pozuc has 29 points in 52 road and neutral site games on nine goals and 20 assists. 

Three of the four meetings have come at the Codfish Bowl, hosted by UMass Boston. The Mustangs lost in the opening round versus the Beacons in their first two years in the tournament before defeating the hosts in overtime for the 2015 title. UMass Boston upended Stevenson, 3-1 in the season opener last season at Neumann. 

Former Colonial Hockey Conference foes, Stevenson has won five of the six meetings, outscoring the Wildcats, 21-5. Ten current Mustangs have a point against Johnson & Wales, including Blackburn who has seven points on five goals and two assists. Pozuc and junior Maddy Ricci each have five points in the five game series on two goals and three assists while senior Sarah Antonelli has four points on three goals and an assist. 

After starting the season 1-for-34 on the power play, the Mustangs have since gone 12-for-31 and now rank 20th in Division III with a 19.4 percentage. Defensively, the team started 10-for-18 on the penalty kill but have since killed of 20 of the last 21 shorthanded attempts. Stevenson is the fifth least penalized team in the country and is in the box just 6.3 minutes per game. 

Stevenson has never lost an overtime game in program history, posting a 5-0-6 record. The Mustangs have posted a pair of ties this season, the first time with multiple ties in a season, and is 3-0-6 in overtime on home ice. Chelsea Blackburn has a hand in four of the five overtime winning goals, scoring two of them while assisting on the other two. Meanwhile, junior Maddy Ricci has a hand in two of those goals, both scoring and assisting. 

Stevenson is nearly unbeatable when scoring at least three goals as the team has posted a 53-5-2 program record. In comparison, the Mustangs are 18-43-6 when held to two or fewer goals. Defensively, the team is 63-9-6 when holding opponents to two goals or less compared to 8-51-1 when allowing three of more goals. When the Mustangs take at least 30 shots in a game, the team is 46-13-5 under Johnson compared to 17-43-4 when being held to under 30 shots. 

Senior Chelsea Blackburn is riding a career-best seven game point streak, totaling 13 points on eight goals and five assists. She started the season with just one goal in the opening six games. The first player in program history to reach 100 career points, doing it in just 88 games, Blackburn has 28 career multi-point games in her three and a half seasons and has totaled seven career hat tricks. Blackburn holds nearly every school record, including points, goals, power play goals, shorthanded goals and game-winning goals.

Pozuc is one goal of moving into a tie for fourth on the all-time career list.
Pozuc is one assist shy of becoming the second player to record 40 in a career.
Pozuc is nine assists shy of tying the program record (48).
Natalie Rosendahl (27 points) is five points shy of cracking the top-10 in program history.