Mustangs Top League Leader Wilkes in Overtime

Mustangs Top League Leader Wilkes in Overtime

REISTERSTOWN, Md. - Stevenson men's ice hockey junior Mark Bowen tied the game with 49.1 seconds remaining in regulation before junior Nick Gray scored the game-winning goal 33 seconds into overtime as the Mustangs escaped with a 3-2 overtime victory over league leader Wilkes in a United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) and Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) contest Saturday afternoon at Reisterstown Sportsplex.

  • Neither team found the back of the net in the opening period with each being called for a penalty.
  • The Mustangs (9-10-0, 6-6-0 UCHC) earned the first power play of the game at the 5:03 mark. Gray and junior Bruce Stachitas fired shots on net but both were saved by Brandon Gordon.
  • Just 1:22 after the Stevenson power play ended, the Colonels (13-5-1, 9-3-1 UCHC) went on the power play but freshman Riley McVeigh saved all three shots he faced. Junior Austin Swingle and sophomore Aaron Murray each recorded a blocked shot during the penalty kill.
  • Wilkes recorded five of the final six shots of the period, including the last three.

  • The Colonels recorded the first two shots of the period before the hosts outshot Wilkes, 16-1, the rest of the period.
  • Stevenson went back on the power play at the 7:45 mark and had three quality scoring chances. Gray could not get his stick on the puck on the back door before the junior hit the crossbar.
  • During the same power play, a shot by junior Colin Woods got behind Gordon but Dylan Kuipers cleared the puck off the line.
  • On the third power play attempt for the Mustangs, junior Christian Ripley found the back of the after freshman Jarrod Vroman carried the puck up the length of the ice before dishing it to Ripley in front of the net. Stachitas picked up the secondary assist.
  • Woods had a pair of shots in the final 25 seconds but Gordon stopped both to keep it a one score game.

  • Wilkes had the first three shots of the period over the opening five minutes.
  • Stevenson earned a power play opportunity at the 6:35 but saw both shots on net stopped by Gordon.
  • Just 26 seconds after the Colonels penalty expired, the visitors went on the power play before being whistled for a penalty with 15 seconds remaining on the player advantage.
  • Devon Schell tied the game with 5:20 remaining on a quick pass across the crease from Tyler Barrow. Michael Gurska picked up an assist after sending the pass down low from the point.
  • The Colonels took a 2-1 lead just 38 seconds later as Brendan Logan scored right off a face-off win by Wade Novak.
  • The Mustangs pulled McVeigh for a sixth skater with 1:08 left in regulation and got the equalizer from Bowen 19 seconds later. Sophomore Houston Wilson won the puck along the boards and backhanded it to junior Justin Stelzer who found Bowen on the backdoor for a tap-in goal.

  • After a face-off win in their defensive zone, the Colonels cleared the puck over the blue line but Gray was there to collect. The junior passed it ahead to Ripley who fed it back to Gray who poked the pick into the back of the net.

  • Stevenson outshot Wilkes, 32-23, including 16-3 in the second period. The 23 shots were the second fewest for the Colonels this season.
  • The Mustangs, winners of three in-a-row, finished 1-for-5 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.
  • The hosts won 39 of the 71 face-offs, with freshman Ryan Patrick winning a game-high 15. Junior Dominic Brenza won 13.
  • Ripley has five points over his last three games on two goals and three assists while Bowen has three points on one goal and two assists.
  • Gray has scored twice in his last three, netting his third game-winning goal, including second this season.
  • Wilson has four points on two goals and two assists over the last three games.
  • McVeigh finished with 21 saves in the win.

  • Stevenson returns to action on Friday, February 1 when the Mustangs travel to face Neumann for a UCHC contest beginning at 7:00 p.m.
  • The Mustangs return home on Friday, February 8 when the team host a UCHC contest versus Nazareth.