Wittman Nets a Pair as Mustangs Erase Deficit to Tie Manhattanville

REISTERSTOWN, Md. - Stevenson women's ice hockey senior Kellen Wittman scored a pair of goals while junior goaltender Annie Smyth-Hammond made a career-high 40 saves as the Mustangs skated to a 3-3 United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) and Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) overtime tie versus Manhattanville Saturday evening at Reisterstown Sportsplex.

  • Smyth-Hammond was forced to make a pair of early saves, including a save in the opening 30 seconds of the contest.
  • The Mustangs (1-2-1, 0-1-1 UCHC) went on the power play for the first of three times in the opening period at the 7:13 mark. The hosts had a five-on-three for 12 seconds but recorded just three shots on net during both player advantages.
  • On the third power play attempt of the period, Manhattanville (1-0-1, 1-0-1 UCHC) did not allow a shot with Zoey Pellowitz coming up with a blocked shot.
  • After back-to-back saves by Smyth-Hammond on point blank shots, the puck popped out to the blue line where Ali Howard fired a shot to the back of the net with seven seconds remaining in the period.

  • The Valiants took a 2-0 lead midway through the second period as Morgan Wilm tipped in a rebound that just slipped over the line following a shot by Amanda Sabia on a breakaway.
  • Stevenson answered just 3:29 later as Wittman got the Mustangs on the board on a delayed penalty. Smyth-Hammond picked up her first career assist while senior Allie Sabatini had the primary assist.
  • Smyth-Hammond had four saves in the final five minutes of the period while senior Maddy Ricci came up with a blocked shot in the final minute.

  • Just 50 seconds into the period, freshman Nikki Kendrick tied the game at 2-2 after scoring on a rebound attempt following a shot by Wittman. Sophomore Casey Storck picked up the secondary assist.
  • With 8:33 remaining in regulation, Wittman scored her second goal of the game and firing a low angle shot off her own rebound attempt over the shoulder of Rose Pijaca.
  • The Mustangs went to the penalty kill for the first time in the game at the 12:58 mark but successfully killed it off behind four saves by Smyth-Hammond and a block by Ricci.
  • The Valiants tied the game at 3-3 as Nicole Mensi scored on the back door after a pass across the ice.
  • In the final minute of regulation, Ricci came up with another blocked shot.

  • Manhattanville outshot Stevenson, 4-1 in the overtime period with Smyth-Hammond stopping all four shots. Junior Jordan Pirrello had the Mustangs lone shot on net.
  • Junior Carly McGee had a pair of blocked shots while both Wittman and Kendrick each had one.

  • Manhattanville outshot Stevenson, 43-25, including 13-7 in the third period.
  • Neither team found the back of the net on the power play as the Mustangs were 0-for-4 on the player advantage and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill.
  • Stevenson remains unbeaten in overtime in program history, posting a 6-0-9 record.
  • It is the eight career multi-point game for Wittman, who has 20 points in 24 home games.
  • The Mustangs finished with 19 blocked shots, including five by Ricci and three by both McGee and junior Rachel Grewette.

Kendrick tied the game at, 2-2, after the Mustangs trailed, 2-0.

  • Stevenson returns to action on Friday, November 9 when the Mustangs travel to William Smith for a two-game UCHC series. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.