Kendrick, Wittman Score in Mustangs Setback Versus Chatham

REISTERSTOWN, Md. - Stevenson women's ice hockey freshman Nikki Kendrick and senior Kellen Wittman each netted their sixth power play goal of the season but Chatham scored three unanswered goals en route to a 4-2 United Collegaite Hockey Conference (UCHC) win Saturday afternoon at Reisterstown Sportsplex.

  • Just 2:52 into the contest, the Mustangs (5-9-1, 3-6-1 UCHC) were whistled for the first penalty of the game but killed off the two minutes behind a pair of saves by junior Annie Smyth-Hammond.
  • After three consecutive saves by Smyth-Hammond, senior Maddy Ricci fired a shot on net that was turned aside by Devon Strachan before the Cougars (5-12-0, 2-8-0 UCHC) were sent to the box for the first time.
  • With 16 seconds left in the power play, Stevenson's top line went back out and needed just six seconds before Kendrick found the back of the net. Despite losing the offensive zone face-off, Wittman kept the puck in the zone before finding Kendrick across the ice.
  • After going down, 1-0, Chatham took eight of the next nine shots, including a goal by Holly Ackerman. Ackerman won the face-off back to Jillian Rowland before Ackerman buried a rebound on a shot from Rowland from the point.
  • The Mustangs went back on the power play with 23 seconds remaining in the period with Strachan turning aside the lone shot by Wittman.

  • Strachan recorded two more shots on the penalty kill to start the period while Ashley Marchant had a pair of blocked shots.
  • At the 6:16 mark, Chatham was whistled for another penalty and this time Stevenson converted as Wittman beat Strachan to the top corner over her stick side. Smyth-Hammond came out to play the puck on a clear by the Cougars to Kendrick who found Wittman in the neutral zone before carrying it all the way to net.
  • The Cougars responded once again just 3:26 later as Sydney Collins scored on the power play.
  • Both teams were called for a penalty over the final 8:15. Smyth-Hammond made a pair of saves while Ricci and junior Allyson Barlow had blocks.

  • Chatham took its first lead of the game just 58 seconds into the period as Rowland converted a turnover by scoring backhanded to the top corner.
  • The Mustangs went on the power play at the 8:01 mark but it was the Cougars who recorded the lone shot.
  • Just 43 seconds after the penalty expired, Chatham pushed its lead to 4-2 with 9:16 remaining in regulation after scoring on a turnover.
  • With 8:37 remaining in regulation, the Cougars were whistled for a five-minute major and a game misconduct but Strachan knocked away all seven shots during the penalty kill.

  • Stevenson outshot Chatham, 33-25, including 24-12 over the final two periods.
  • The Mustangs were 2-for-6 on the power play while the Cougars finished 1-for-3.
  • Kendrick finished with a goal and an assist for the second straight game and now has six points over her last three games.
  • Wittman extends her point streak to five and has 13 points over that stretch.
  • The assist for Smyth-Hammond is her second this season and third goalie assist for the Mustangs this season.

  • Stevenson returns to action on Friday, January 19 when the Mustangs travel to Nichols for a two-game non-conference series beginning at 3:40 p.m.
  • The Mustangs return home on Saturday, February 2 when the team hosts a UCHC and Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) contest versus Lebanon Valley beginning at 5:15 p.m.