REISTERSTOWN, Md. - The Stevenson women's ice hockey team erased a 1-0 deficit as the top-seeded Mustangs defeated second-seeded Endicott, 2-1 in double overtime to claim the inaugural Colonial Hockey Conference championship Sunday afternoon at Reisterstown Sportsplex.
Senior Sarah Modzelewski was named the Most Valuable Player after totaling a season-high 44 saves, including a combined 13 in the overtime periods. Her 44 saves are in the second-highest in program history behind her career-best 50 in 2013.
Modzelewski was also named to the All-Tournament Team along with seniors Jessie Capanelli and Tori Emoff and sophomore Chelsea Blackburn. Capanelli scored the game-winning goal while Blackburn scored the game-tying goal. Emoff finished with three blocked shots.
The Gulls (14-7-4) took a 1-0 lead 4:31 into the second period as Lexi Klein finished a pass from Maggie Layo. Endicott outshot the Mustangs, 17-6 through the first two periods but was 0-for-4 on the power play during that time.
Blackburn tied the game just 1:18 into the third period on an assist from senior Katie Abbott. Both Blackburn and Abbott have tallied a point in four straight games. Meanwhile, Blackburn moved one goal closer to 40 and two points shy of 60. Abbott recorded her 49th career point with the assist.
The Mustangs thought they took a 2-1 lead with 9:13 remaining in the third but the referees called it off as the puck was gloved into the net.
After a scoreless first overtime, Stevenson drew two penalties and had a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:27. The power play unit of Capanelli, Blackburn, seniors McKenzie Taggart and Megan Alexander and sophomore Natalie Rosendahl scored for the third time in two days with 7:35 remaining in the second overtime.
Taggart and Alexander were credited with the assists. The team improves to 30-5 all-time when Taggart records an assist and 21-4-1 whe Alexander has an assist.
It was the fourth time in the last five games the Mustangs overcame a deficit after not trailing in their previous 19 wins. The team also improved to 7-0 in one-goal games this season and finished a perfect 13-0 at home.
The win was also the 12th straight, tying the longest unbeaten streak in program history. Stevenson also remained unbeaten in overtime games in program history, improving to 4-0-4.
The Mustangs ended up outshooting the Gulls, 46-45 after outshooting Endicott 40-18 in the final 52:25. Stevenson finished 1-for-6 on the power play.