MORRISVILLE, N.Y. - Senior Doug Rose scored two power-play goals while both senior Jordan Watt and sophomore Dominic Brenza each tallied two assists as the Stevenson men's ice hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie versus Morrisville in the season opener Saturday evening at the Ice Plex.
The Mustangs (0-0-1), who had a stellar special teams performance, are 1-0-1 in season openers. The team finished 2-for-4 on the power-play and killed off all five penalty kill opportunities. Stevenson also outshot Morrisville, 43-27.
Stevenson wasted no time after the opening puck drop as senior Jordan Watt took went right towards goal after the opening faceoff and fired a shot that hit off the pipe. After the host Mustangs (0-0-2) recorded the first shot on net, the visitors fired five consecutive shots on frame but were all saved by Jared Young.
The hosts had the first power-play opportunity of the game and recorded two shots but both were knocked away by senior Jacob Caffrey. Caffrey totaled 14 saves in the opening period, including six saves during two Morrisville power-plays.
Just 1:24 into the second period, the visitors went on the power-play after a goaltender interference call. Watt hit the pipe for a second time before the Mustangs fired three shots on Young. Stevenson had a five-on-three for nine seconds but Morrisville was whistled for another penalty just 31 second later.
After the second five-on-three expired, Rose found the back of the net for the first time with 14 seconds remaining on the power-play on assists from Watt and Brenza. For Watt, he has totaled a point in 13 of his last 18 games dating back to last season.
Morrisville knotted the game at 1-1 just 1:10 later as Mason Corliss got the puck past Caffrey.
With 3:10 remaining in the second period, Morrisville was whistled for a five-minute major and a game misconduct for contact to the head. The visitors took advantage with Rose scoring again with 22 seconds remaining in the frame.
It is the first multi-goal game for Rose in a Stevenson uniform after he totaled just two goals all last season. All four of his goals have come on the power-play. Meanwhile, it is the first multi-assist game for both Watt and Brenza.
For a second time, Morrisville came back to tie the game as Layne Martin scored 2:58 into the third period.
Each team had a power-play opportunity in the final 10 minutes of regulation but neither team could find the back of the net. Stevenson fired five shots during its player advantage but only one was on frame while the hosts put two of its five shots on net during its power-play.
Caffrey finished with 25 saves, including two in the overtime period. Sophomore Colin Woods recorded two of the team's six blocked shots.
Stevenson returns to action on Friday, November 3 when the Mustangs host Lebanon Valley in a United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) and Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) contest beginning at 7:00 p.m.