ASTON, Pa. - Stevenson women's ice hockey senior Monica Pozuc set the program record for assists in a career with her 49th assist while classmate Chelsea Blackburn recorded three points on two goals and one assist as the Mustangs posted a 3-1 United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) victory over Neumann Saturday afternoon at IceWorks Complex.
With the win, the Mustangs (12-7-4, 9-3-2 UCHC) overtake Neumann for third place in the conference standings with two games remaining. Stevenson, who has won nine straight over the Knights (12-8-2, 9-4-1 UCHC), are unbeaten in 15 of its last 16 games, having dropped just one game since the end of November.
Just 10 seconds after coming out of the penalty box, Blackburn netted her 17th goal of the season and 80th of her career on an assist from junior Cierra Siemasko. Since November 25, Blackburn has totaled 35 of her 36 points and has recorded a point in 16 of the last 17 games. Meanwhile, Siemasko has a point in 12 of the last 15 games.
After neither team found the back of the net in the second period, the hosts tied the game at 1-1, 5:51 into the third period as Jackie Schneider recorded her second point of the weekend. But with 7:21 remaining in regulation, Siemasko netted her third game-winning goal and fifth power play goal of the season on assists from lines mates Blackburn and Pozuc. It is Siemasko's fifth multi-point game of the season while Blackburn records the 35th of her career.
With 1:05 left in regulation, Neumann pulled goaltender Julia Fair in favor for an extra skater but Blackburn made the Knights pay, scoring her fourth career empty net goal.
The Mustangs committed a season-high nine penalties but went a perfect 9-for-9 on the penalty kill while also finishing 1-for-6 on the power play. It is the sixth straight game with a power play goal. Stevenson also outshot the Knights, 40-27 and won 44 of the 67 face-offs, with Blackburn winning 18 of her 26 draws.
In net, junior Caitie Darosa finished with 26 saves while the Mustangs defense had nine different players block a shot, including two apiece by Pozuc, senior Sarah Antonelli and junior Allie Sabatini.
Stevenson concludes the regular season with a two-game series to decide the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) champion at Manhattanville beginning on Friday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. The Valiants currently hold the sixth and final UCHC playoff spot.