MUSTANGS VERSUS CHATHAM
Stevenson has won all three meetings versus the Cougars, including a 5-4 overtime victory on home ice earlier this season. The Mustangs erased a three-goal deficit, netting their first goal with 29 seconds remaining in the second period. Junior Bruce Stachitas tied the game with 4:50 left in regulation before sophomore Carl Lyden scored the game-winner, 1:05 into overtime.
Daniel Cangelosi netted a hat trick for Chatham, including two on the power play, while Andrew Breda dished out three assists.
Stevenson went 3-for-11 on the power play while the Cougars were 3-for-7, with all three power play goals in the first period. The Mustangs outshot Chatham, 46-21, including 24-7 in the third period and overtime.
For Chatham, Ricardo Gonzalez recorded 41 saves while Riley McVeigh stopped seven of eight shots in 34:14 in the victory.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS
Chatham is 2-2-2 over its last six games, including a 2-1 loss versus 14th-ranked Fredonia. The Cougars are averaging 2.8 goals per game while allowing 4.1 goals per game. The team has the 21st best power play in Division III, operating at 22.5 percent (16-for-71).
Andrew Breda leads the team with 10 points on one goal and nine assists. The trio of Clay Plyler, Chris Lutz and Kirk Underwood all have nine points, with Plyer netting a team-best seven goals. Daniel Cangelosi leads the team with three power play goals.
In net, all three goalies have started at least five games, with Matt Calas starting three of the last four. Calas leads the team with a 2.81 goals against average and a .922 save percentage.
ON THE ROAD...AGAIN
The Mustangs conclude a five-game road trip to start 2019 and are on the road for five of their final nine regular season games. The team is just 3-5-0 on the road this season and 11-16-6 all-time. Stevenson has posted two shutout victories on the road this season but have been shutout three times.
OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
Stevenson currently ranks seventh in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC), with the top six teams making the conference tournament. The Mustangs currently sit six points behind Lebanon Valley with nine league games remaining.
PLAYING IT CLOSE
Twenty-three of Stevenson's 66 games have been one-goal games with an additional nine games ending in ties. The team is 14-9 in one-goal games in program history, including 4-3 this season. Of those 23 games, 12 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.
OUT IN FRONT
This season, the Mustangs are 5-1-0 when scoring the game's first goal compared to 1-9-0 when the opponent nets the first goal. Stevenson is 3-1-0 when leading at the first intermission and 5-0-0 when leading after two periods. When trailing after one period, the team is 2-5-0 and when trailing after two, the Mustangs are just 1-8-0.
OUT OF THE BOX
Over the last four games, the Mustangs are averaging just 7.5 penalty minutes per game. Stevenson were not penalized for the first time in program history two weekends ago and was whistled for just one penalty in its last outing. In the team's 10 road games, the Mustangs are averaging 8.8 penalty minutes per game compared to 28.5 penalty minutes per game in the six home games.
The Mustangs have used 41 different line combinations, not including the extra forward. Of those, 19 different lines have produced a point. Junior Mark Bowen and freshmen Ryan Patrick and Luke Benitez have dished out five assists in three games together while Patrick, Benitez and junior Christian Ripley have four points on two goals and two assists in three games.
Benitez is one power play goals shy of moving into solo third for a single season (5).
Ripley is one assist shy of solo third all-time (20).
Junior Dominic Brenza is one assist shy of moving into a tie for eighth in a single season.