SCOUTING THE SOARING EAGLES
Elmira is unbeaten in its last seven games, posting a 5-0-2 record, yet falling in both three-on-three overtimes. During that stretch, the Soaring Eagles have outscored their opponents, 34-16. The team is 6-0-3 at home this season and are averaging 4.0 goals per game. The Soaring Eagles boast the 16th-best offense, netting 3.65 goals per game while also producing the 18th best power play, operating at 23.2 percent.
Nick Ford and Connor Powell have 32 and 31 points, respectively, with Powell scoring a team-high 19 goals, a mark that ranks sixth in Division III. Ford and Matthew Cuce share the team lead with 18 assists. The trio have combined for 18 power play goals. In net , Jake Sabourin has started the last five games in net, and has posted a 3.13 GAA and a .900 save percentage.
SCOUTING THE DUTCHMEN
Lebanon Valley has dropped its last six contests, having been outscored, 34-14. The Dutchmen are just 2-11-0 since the New Year and are 3-5-1 at home overall. The team gives up the fifth-most goals per game, allowing 4.48 a contest. The Dutchmen are the 20th-most penalized team, sitting in the box for 16.0 minutes per game. Lebanon Valley also has the eighth-worst penlty kill units, allowing a power play goal 24.8 percent of the time.
Brett Johnson leads the team with 35 points on a team-high 18 goals and 17 assists. His 1.52 points per game ranks tied for 13th in Division III with his seven power play goals ranking tied for eighth. In net, Matt Forslund has started 10 of the teams games in net, posting a 5.24 GAA and a .860 save percentage.
With two regular season games remaining, the Mustangs sit two points out of the playoff race behind Neumann. Stevenson can clinch the sixth and final playoff spot with a pair of wins over Elmira and Lebanon Valley. If Neumann falls to Manhattanville on Friday, the Mustangs can get in with just a win over Lebanon Valley.
LAST MEETING VERSUS ELMIRA
The Soaring Eagles jumped out a 2-0 lead behind a first period power play goal by Nick Ford and a second period goal by Blake O'Neill. Stevenson got back within one with 9:01 remaining in the middle frame after a power play goal by junior Tyler Slusarczyk, before an empty net goal by the visitors with four seconds remaining in regulation. Elmira held a slight, 28-23, edge in shots, including 9-4 in the third period. The Soaring Eagles also won 41 of the 65 face-offs.
LAST MEETING VERSUS LEBANON VALLEY
The Dutchmen scored the game's lone goal with 5:28 remaining in regulation on a power play goal by Travis Acker. Stevenson outshot Lebanon Valley, 34-22, including 26-12 over the first two periods. The Mustangs, who were whistled for 56 penalty minutes, were 0-for-4 on the power play while the Dutchmen went 1-for-5. Lebanon Valley held a 35-27 edge in face-offs.
The Mustangs have seen success when finding the back of the net first. The team is 9-1-0 when scoring the game's first goal this season, compared to 1-12-0 when the opponent scores first. Overall, Stevenson is 26-4-5 in program history when scoring the game's first goal and 5-31-3 when the opponent scores first. After two periods, the Mustangs are 9-0-0 when holding a lead this season compared to 1-10-0 when trailing.
MUST SCORE THREE
This season, the Mustangs are 8-1-0 when scoring at least three goals this season. In comparison, Stevenson is just 2-12-0 when the team is held to two or fewer goals, including being shutout four times. In program history, the Mustangs are 26-7-2 when scoring at least three goals and 5-28-6 when being held to two or less.
Stevenson has used 51 different line combinations this season. The line of juniors Austin Swingle and Nick Gray and freshman Ryan Patrick have posted 13 points on seven goals and six assists in six games together this season. Meanwhile, the line of juniors Christian Ripley, Dominic Brenza, and Colin Woods have nine points on three goals and six assists over the last four games.
Ripley is two points from moving into second place all-time.
Brenza is three assists shy of tying the single season record.
Aaron Murray is one point from becoming the fifth player to record 30 in a career.
Ripley is two goals shy of becoming the second player to record 20 in a career.
Murray is three points shy from becoming the fourth player to record 20 in a season.
Gray is two goals shy from becoming the third player to record 10 in a season.