SCOUTING THE GOLDEN FLYERS
Nazareth has just two wins in its last two games, posting a 2-5-2 record. The Golden Flyers are 3-3-2 on the road this season, having outscored their opponents, 22-21 in those games. The team has converted on 19.0 percent of its power play opportunities (19-for-100).
Five different players have at least 10 points, including David Powlowski who has a team-best 18, including team-high eight goals, including five on the power play. J.R. Wojciechowski and Jacob Paluch each have a team-high 12 assists.
In net, Sean Kuhn has started nine games while Michael Tilford has started seven. Kuhn has a team-best 2.26 goals against average and a .931 save percentage.
SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
Utica is unbeaten in 11 of its last 12 games while posting a 4-4-1 record on the road. Four of the Pioneers six losses have come on the road this season but have posted two road shutouts. Utica has the 11th best offense, scoring 3.90 goals per game while boasting the 11th best scoring defense, allowing just 1.90 goals per game.
Gregg Burmaster leads the team with 22 points on nine goals and a team-high 14 assists. Zach Borsoi has netted a team-best nine goals, including five on the power play. Both Brett Everson and Josh Haskin have 12 assists.
In net, Gianluca Baggetta has started 14 of the team's 21 games in net, including the last five. He ranks eighth in Division III with a 1.65 goals against average and fifth with a .943 save percentage.
BACK ON FAMILIAR GROUNDS
The Mustangs are home for just the second weekend since the New Year, playing just four of 13 games at Reisterstown Sportsplex in 2019. Stevenson is 5-3-0 at home this season and 18-14-2 in its two-plus seasons. Sophomore Aaron Murray has recorded 10 of his 14 points at home this season while junior Dominic Brenza and freshman Ryan Patrick have totaled eight of their 13 points on home ice.
OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
Stevenson currently sits in a tie for seventh place in the UCHC with the top six teams advancing to the conference tournament. The Mustangs are tied with Lebanon Valley and just two points behind sixth-place Neumann and five behind fifth-place Nazareth. Each win is worth three points.
LAST MEETING VERSUS NAZARETH
Stevenson outshot Nazareth, 29-25, including 11-3 in the third period, but the Golden Flyers scored just 50 seconds into the game en route to a 5-2 victory. Austin Romzek scored twice for host Nazareth while J.R. Wojciechowski had two assists. Sean Kuhn made 27 stops in net. For the Mustangs, freshman Chad Watt scored the game's lone power play goal while sophomore Houston Wilson scored in the final minute of play. Freshman Riley McVeigh made 20 saves.
LAST MEETING VERSUS UTICA
Utica scored the game's first goal before Stevenson answered with a goal from junior Tyler Slusarczyk but the Pioneers outscored the Mustangs 6-0 the rest of the way for a 7-1 win. Zach Borsoi recorded four points on one goal and three assists while Jarrod Fitzpatrick netted two goals. Gianluca Baggetta made 29 stops in net. Utica finished 2-for-4 on the power play while the Mustangs were 0-for-4.
ON TOP EARLY
The Mustangs have seen success when finding the back of the net first. The team is 8-1-0 when scoring the game's first goal this season, compared to 1-11-0 when the opponent scores first. Stevenson is also 6-1-0 when scoring the first goal of the first period, 6-2-0 in the second, and 4-3-0 when scoring the first goal of the third period.
Stevenson has been whistled for 10 more penalties in its eight home games than its 13 road games. The Mustangs have been penalized 64 times on the road for 11.3 penalty minutes per game compared to 74 penalties at home for 28.4 penalty minutes per game at home. The team has been whistled for at least 25 penalty minutes in four home games.
Brenza is one point from becoming the first player to reach 50 points in a career.
Christian Ripley is one point shy of becoming the third player to record 40 points in a career.
Nick Gray is two goals shy of becoming the third player to net 10 goals in a season.