Wittman Nets Lone Goal in Mustangs Non-Conference Loss at Nichols

Wittman Nets Lone Goal in Mustangs Non-Conference Loss at Nichols

HARRISVILLE, R.I. - Stevenson women's ice hockey senior Kellen Wittman scored in her 10th game this season but the Mustangs dropped a 3-1 non-conference decision at Nichols Saturday afternoon at Levy Rink.

  • Early in the contest, the Mustangs () won a defensive zone face-off and freshman Nikki Kendrick skated the length of the ice but her shot was saved by Stephanie Runciman.
  • During the same shift, Kendrick tried to cetner the puck to junior Jordan Pirrello but the two could not connect.
  • The visitors went on the power play for the first time in the game just 2:06 in but Stevenson did not produce any shots on net.
  • The Bison () netted a pair of goals, 42 seconds apart, both in transition. Nicole Cowan sent home a rebound on the back post before Mel McAleer skated from her defensive blue line and beat junior Annie Smyth-Hammond over her stick side shoulder.
  • The Mustangs had their second power play opportunity in the opening period with 2:14 remaining but both shot attempts were blocked by the Nichols defense. The hosts had seven blocked shots in the opening 20 minutes.
  • In the final seconds before intermission, Wittman fired a pair of shots on net but both were knocked aside by Runciman.

  • At the 8:25 mark, both teams were whistled for a penalty, producing four-on-four action. The Bison nearly capitalized as a shot by Mikayla Castro hit the far left pipe.
  • Stevenson went on a four-on-three power play for 45 seconds before 1:15 of five-on-four. Wittman regrouped and carried the puck towards the net, making a move around a defender before scoring five-hole on Runciman.
  • The Mustangs were back on the power play just 2:09 later and had quality looks on net including a shot by junior Allyson Barlow but Runciman stopped all five shots on net.
  • Just 15 seconds after the visitors power play ended, the Bison went on the power play and converted with 37 seconds remaining in the player advantage as McAleer centered a pass to a wide open Isabella Portt.

  • Stevenson won the opening face-off and senior Maddy Ricci put a shot on net in opening five seconds.
  • The Mustangs had two power play opportunities in the period, the first coming just 2:19 into the frame. But the visitors only put one shot on net.
  • The second power play attempt came at 8:07 but the two shots were saved while a third shot was blocked.
  • With 5:56 remaining in regulation, the visitors were whistled for a bench minor and each team recorded a shot.
  • Smyth-Hammond was pulled in favor of an extra with a 1:46 remaining but the Mustangs managed just one shot during the six-on-five play.

  • Stevenson outshot Nichols, 31-26, including 13-7 in the third period.
  • The Mustangs won 34 of the 50 face-offs, with freshman Tea Ferrara winning 14 of her 19 attempts. Pirrello went 10-for-14 at the dot.
  • On special teams, Stevenson went 1-for-8 on the power play while the Bison were 1-for-2.
  • Wittman, who entered the weekend ranked fourth in Division III in points and goals per game, netted her 14th goal of the season, including seventh power play goal. She currently ranks tied for third in a single season with seven power play goals, just one shy of tying the record. Her 14 goals ranks tied for fifth in a season.
  • Smyth-Hammond finished with 23 saves, including her 700th career save, the third goalie in program history to reach that milestone.

  • Stevenson returns to action on Friday, January 25 when the Mustangs travel to Utica for a two-game United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) series. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:30 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.