Men's Ice Hockey Returns Home to Host King's, Wilkes

Men's Ice Hockey Returns Home to Host King's, Wilkes

Game Notes

Game 18:
Friday, January 25 | 7 PM
Reisterstown Sportsplex | Reisterstown, Md.
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Game 19:
Saturday, January 26 | 3 PM
Reisterstown Sportsplex | Reisterstown, Md.
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King's earned it's first-ever victory with a 2-1 win at Neumann in November. Since then, the Monarchs have been outscored, 35-4, including a 2-1 overtime loss versus Nazareth. King's ranks at the bottom of Division III in both scoring offense (1.29) and scoring defense (5.18).

Luciano Bucci leads the team with 12 points on five goals, including two shorthanded goals, and a team-high seven assists. Jamie Lukas leads the team with six goals, including three on the power play. Christian La Croiz also has three power play goals. Brandon Daigle has started 11 of the team's 17 games in net, posting a 4.34 goals against average and a .900 save percentage. He earned the team's inaugural win.

Wilkes, unbeaten in its last seven games, sits atop the UCHC and MAC in its inaugural season. The Colonels have scored at least three goals in 14 games this season and boasts the fourth best offense in Division III (4.24). The team allows 3.12 goals per game. Wilkes is the most penalized team in the nation and allows a power play goal 80.2 percent of the time the team is shorthanded. The Colonels rank tied for 20th on the power play, converting at 22.2 percent.

Donald Flynn leads the team with 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) while Tyler Barrow has 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists), with both ranking inside the top 12 in Division III in points per game. The duo has combined for 12 power play goals. Tyson Araujo and Nick Fea have recorded 22 and 21 points, respectively.

For the first time in 48 days, the Mustangs return to Reisterstown Sportsplex after a five-game road trip. Stevenson is 16-14-2 all-time on home ice and 3-3-0 this season, with losses in three of its last four. Five of the six home contests have been decided by one goal.

Stevenson currently sits in seventh place in the UCHC with the top six teams advancing to the conference tournament. The Mustangs sit three points behind sixth-place Lebanon Valley and are three points in front of Neumann. Three of the six conference losses have been by one goal.

The Mustangs won the first meeting, 5-1, with five different players netting a goal. The trio of juniors Chris Javens and Christian Ripley, and freshman Chris Watt each dished out a pair of assists. Each team went 1-for-4 on the power play while Stevenson outshot the Monarchs, 43-28. King's won 45 of the 76 face-offs, with Tyler O'Mara winning a game-high 17. Freshman Riley McVeigh earned the victory, stopping 27 of 28 shots while Jake Tugnutt had 38 stops in net for the Monarchs.

Wilkes took a 3-1 first intermission lead after netting a pair of goals in the final 43 seconds to break a 1-1 tie. The Colonels held a slight 33-31 edge in shots while both teams were scoreless on the power play (Mustangs, 0-for-7; Colonels, 0-for-4). Four different players scored for Wilkes in the 4-2 victory, including Donald Flynn, who recording a goal and an assist. Sophomore Carl Lyden had a goal and an assist for Stevenson. Brandon Gordon and Riley McVeigh each made 29 saves.

Stevenson has had its fair share of injuries, including to starting goaltender, Riley McVeigh. Junior Dustyn Moyer has started the last two games in net for the Mustangs and earned his second career victory in five career starts, stopping 23 of 24 shots. Moyer was named the UCHC Goaltender of the Week this week.

The Mustangs have seen success when finding the back of the net first. The team is 6-1-0 when scoring the game's first goal this season, compared to 1-9-0 when the opponent scores first. Stevenson is also 5-1-0 when scoring the first goal of the first period, 4-1-0 in the second, and 3-1-0 when scoring the first goal of the third period.

Over the last five games, the Mustangs are averaging just 6.8 penalty minutes per game. Stevenson were not penalized for the first time in program history this season and was whistled for two or fewer penalties in its last two. In the team's 11 road games, the Mustangs are averaging 8.4 penalty minutes per game compared to 28.5 penalty minutes per game in the six home games.

Stevenson has used 45 different line combinations this season, with nine different combinations totaling at least three points together. Junior Christian Ripley has been on four of those lines.

Junior Dominic Brenza holds the school record with 46 points and 33 assists while ranking tied for third with 13 assists. The Mustangs are 10-1-1 when Brenza nets a goal, 14-6-5 when he dishes out an assist, and 14-0-2 when he has a positive rating.

Brenza is four points from becoming the first player to reach 50 points in a career.
Brenza is two assists shy of entering the top five for a single season.