Wittman Nets Fifth Goal of the Season in Loss at William Smith

Wittman Nets Fifth Goal of the Season in Loss at William Smith

GENEVA, N.Y. - Stevenson women's ice hockey senior Kellen Wittman scored her fifth goal of the season but William Smith scored five unanswered goals as the Herons posted a 6-1 United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) victory Friday evening at The Cooler.

  • The Mustangs (1-3-1, 0-2-1 UCHC) won the opening face-off and recorded the first shot of the game as Wittman put a shot on net.
  • Just 1:31 into the period, Stevenson went on the power play after a checking call but both shots were knocked away by Olivia Williams.
  • After killing off the penalty, the Herons (3-0-0, 1-0-0 UCHC) took the next six shots, including a goal by Jules Kennedy. The Mustangs failed to clear the puck away before William Smith scored on a loose puck in front.
  • With six minutes remaining, Stevenson fired three straight shots but all three were saved by Williams. Junior Annie Smyth-Hammond answered with four consecutive saves down the other end.
  • The Mustangs went on the power play for the second time in the game with 1:12 remaining in the period. The visitors put four shots on frame before intermission.

  • Stevenson started the period with 48 seconds remaining but could not get either of its two shots by Williams.
  • The Mustangs put four consecutive shots on net, including a pair by Wittman who scored off her own rebound. Freshman Nikki Kendrick started the rush firing a shot off the pads of Williams before Wittman fought for her own rebound and poking it past Williams.
  • After a pair of saves by Smyth-Hammond, Stevenson went back to the power play but only recorded one shot on net with another shot blocked.
  • Following the power play, the Mustangs blocked three consecutive shots but could not get it cleanly out of the zone as Gina Scibetta wrapped around from behind the net and scored on her own rebound.
  • With just over two minute remaining in the period, Kendrick had a look on an open net as Williams was out after making an initial save but Kendrick sent it wide.
  • Down the other end, Stephanie Hampton redirected a shot from down low by Kennedy to give the hosts a 3-1 lead with 1:40 remaining.

  • Smyth-Hammond made a pair of saves early but Jordan Roetzer got the third shot into the net as Roetzer was alone on the back post to tip the puck into the empty net.
  • At the 8:42 mark, the Herons added a fifth goal as Roetzer found the back of the net once again.
  • The Mustangs went on the power play for the fourth time but it was William Smith who recorded the lone shot on net, turned away by senior Caitie Darosa.
  • Stevenson went back to the power play 31 seconds after the last one ended but Williams came up with four saves, including a pair on junior Jordan Pirrello.
  • After the Herons blocked a shot at the blue line, Egan Sachs-Hecht went through a pair of Mustang defenders and beat Darosa near post.
  • The Mustangs were called for their first penalty of the game with 3:54 remaining in regulation. Darosa made four saves on the penalty kill.

  • William Smith outshot Stevenson, 42-33, as the Mustangs have allowed 40-plus shots in the last three games. The Herons won 33 of the 52 face-offs.
  • With the win, William Smith holds a 2-1-1 all-time series lead, after the Mustangs tied the series with a win in the UCHC semifinals a season ago.
  • Wittman has three points on two goals and one assist in two games versus the Herons.
  • Senior Maddy Ricci and freshman Paige Sullivan each finished with two blocked shots.
  • Smyth-Hammond finished with 29 saves while Darosa had seven.
  • Stevenson falls to 19-46-7 when being held to two goals or less in program history.

  • Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, November 10 when the Mustangs face William Smith in the second of the two-game UCHC series. Opening face-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.