MUSTANGS VERSUS FREDONIA
All four meetings have gone to overtime with the last three contests ending in ties. Stevenson won the first-ever meeting on home ice, 5-4. Last season, the two teams skated to a 3-3 and 2-2 tie in Fredonia.
Junior Christian Ripley and sophomore Liam Walsh each have two goals in the series while junior Dominic Brenza has four assists, including three assists last season. Junior Pierce Dushenko is the only current goalie who has appeared in the series, earning the only win.
The Blue Devils have outshot Stevenson, 168-115, in the series and have averaged 40.0 shots per game. The Mustangs have totaled just 28.8 shots per game. On the power play, Stevenson has scored in all four games and is 4-for-18 (22.2%). Fredonia is 3-for-23 (13.0%) but was held scoreless on eight power play opportunities last season.
SCOUTING THE BLUE DEVILS
Fredonia is unbeaten in nine of its last 10 games and finished 2018 with a tie and loss versus Canton. The Blue Devils are receiving nine points in the latest USCHO Top 15 Poll. As a team, Fredonia is averaging 3.3 goals per game on 32.1 shots per game. The Blue Devils boast the fourth best power play in Division III, connecting on 31.3 percent of their opportunities (15-for-48).
Four players share the team lead with 10 points, including Luke Rivera, who leads the team with eight goals, including three on the power play. Ryan Dunner has a team-best eight assists. Jacob Haynes has five goals and five assists while Victor Tracy has four goals and six assists. In net, Eric Bogart has started six games and has posted a 2.40 goals against average and a .928 save percentage. Anton Rosen has started five games while Justin Crawford earned his only start of the season in the team's last outing.
NEW YEAR, SAME OPPONENT
For the third consecutive season, Stevenson will face Fredonia to begin the New Year. The Mustangs have started the second half of the season versus the Blue Devils in all three seasons since the inaugural season in 2016-17. The team is 8-6-3 in the month of January over the first two seasons.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The Mustangs begin a five-game road trip in 2019 and are on the road for seven of their next nine. Stevenson competes in four non-conference games, including a trip to second-ranked Geneseo next weekend. The team is just 2-4-0 on the road this season and 10-15-6 overall. Stevenson will play 15 of its 25 games away from Reisterstown Sportsplex this season.
PLAYING IT CLOSE
Twenty-one of Stevenson's 60 games have been one-goal games. The team is 14-7 in one-goal games in program history, including 4-1 this season. Of those 21 games, nine of them have been decided in overtime, with the Mustangs posting a 5-4 record in overtime games, excluding ties. Last season, the Mustangs were 4-3 in one-goal games, winning their final three one-goal games.
DIFFERENCE IN A DAY
Stevenson is 0-5-0 on Friday this season and 5-2-0 on Saturday. The Mustangs are averaging 1.0 goal per game on Friday compared to 3.1 goals per game in their seven Saturday games. In comparison, Stevenson is allowing 3.6 goals on Friday and 2.7 on Sautday.
OUT IN FRONT
This season, the Mustangs are 4-1-0 when scoring the game's first goal compared to 1-6-0 when the opponent nets the first goal. Stevenson is 2-1-0 when leading at the first intermission and 4-0-0 when leading after two periods. When trailing after one period, the team is 2-4-0 and when trailing after two, the Mustangs are just 1-5-0.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
Twenty-one different players have recorded a point this season, including five freshmen, which includes goaltender Riley McVeigh who picked up an assist. Of those 21 players, 15 have found the back of the net, including three first career goals.
Freshman Luke Benitez is one power play goals shy of moving into solo second for a single season (5).
Ripley is one assist shy of solo third all-time (20).
Sophomore Carl Lyden is one goal shy of moving into a tie for seventh in a single season.
Brenza is two assists shy of moving into a tie for eighth in a single season.