Mustangs Advance to CHC Championship With 5-3 Win Over Becker

Mustangs Advance to CHC Championship With 5-3 Win Over Becker

REISTERSTOWN, Md. - The Stevenson women's ice hockey team went 3-for-5 on the power play, including 2-for-2 in the third period, as the top seeded Mustangs posted a 5-3 victory over fifth-seeded Becker in the Colonial Hockey Conference semifinals Saturday afternoon at Reisterstown Sportsplex.

The Mustangs (22-3-1) will face second-seeded Endicott in the championship game tomorrow, Sunday, March 6 at 4:00 p.m. The Gulls defeated third-seeded Morrisville St., 5-0, in the second semifinal game.

Stevenson improved to 12-0 at home this season while extending its winning streak to 11.

Sophomore Monica Pozuc scored her third goal in the last two games as her wrister beat Madison Rigsby glove side. Senior Katie Abbott recorded the assist with her tape to tape pass from behind the net. The duo combined for three straight goals dating back to the last game.

The Hawks (6-20) knotted the game at 1-1 just 1:02 later as Elysabeth Jefferies scored her second power play goal of the season as her shot from the point deflected off a Stevenson defender and over the glove of senior Sarah Modzelewski.

The visitors took a 2-1 lead 3:52 into the second period as Gina Beth Manganiello scored a four-on-four goal. It was Manganiello's team leading 14th goal of the year.

Senior Jessie Capanelli scored her 13th goal of the season and she buried a pass from classmate Megan Alexander on the power play to level the game at 2-2. Senior McKenzie Taggart was also credited with her team leading 17th assist.

An even strength goal by senior Erin McLoughlin gave the Mustangs a 3-2 lead as McLoughlin collected a loose puck in front of the net. Freshman Allie Sabatini registered an assist in her second consecutive game while senior Madison Lange also collected an assist.

Midway through the period, Claudia Gee leveled the game for the third time as she tipped a blast from Hannah Elmer at the point.

But Stevenson scored back-to-back power play goals in a two minute span to seal the game. Sophomore Chelsea Blackburn scored her team leading 18th goal after Capanelli found her off an Alexander rebound before Abbott tipped a shot by sophomore Sarah Antonelli.

The Mustangs were 7-for-8 on the penalty kill while outshooting Becker, 43-21, including 22-6 in the third period. The team also improved to 13-0 when totaling more than 30 shots and 21-0 when scoring first.