MANCHESTER, N.H. - For just the third time this season, the Stevenson women's ice hockey team was shutout as the Mustangs allowed a season-high six goals in a 6-0 loss versus Division II Saint Anselm Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Arena.
The Mustangs (9-7-0) were held to a season-low nine shots, marking the first time in program history the team was held to under 10 shots. The defense finished with 18 blocked shots a day after recording 26.
Just 2:01 into the contest, Stevenson drew the game's first power-play opportunity as the Hawks (10-2-2) were whistled for two many players on the ice. But the Mustangs failed to get a shot off during the player advantage as the majority of the power-play was spent in the neutral zone.
After Stevenson was called for an icing, Saint Anselm was able to get a shot on net right off the face-off, which was saved off the pad of sophomore Caitie Darosa, but Sara McNamara was there on the back post for the tap-in on the rebound to put the hosts up 5:03 into the period.
Right past the midway point of the first period, the Hawks went on a power-play after the Mustangs were whistled for a cross-check in front of the net. Stevenson however, allowed just one shot to one of the nation's best power-play teams.
One of Darosa's 10 saves in the opening frame came off another rebound as the Hawks got behind the defense on a rush into their offensive zone and hit a one-timer off a pad save but Darosa was recovered to keep the deficit at just one.
With 55 seconds remaining before the first intermission, the Mustangs went on their second power-play that carried into the second period. After not getting a shot off during the player advantage in the first period, Stevenson recorded just one after winning the opening face-off of the period.
With the Mustangs stuck in their defensive zone for a long shift, Saint Anselm was able to put three shots on the net with the third one beating Darosa at the 6:58 mark. Allison Butler received a pass from behind the net and was able to curl up and fired a shot on net that just got by Darosa.
The Hawks made it 3-0 with 9:14 remaining in the second period as Ashley Moran blocked a shot sent in from the point from her own teammate into open space and had the back side of the net wide open as she fired the puck into the upper corner.
Saint Anselm had a fourth goal called off after the referee ruled that a shot fired in from just inside the blue line was tipped into the net with a high stick.
The third-best power-play in Division II/III went back to work late in the second period after the second penalty on the Mustangs, but Darosa knocked away all four shots on net while getting another block from her defense.
The Hawks scored twice in a 24 second span in the opening five minutes of the third period to go up 5-0. Amanda Conger took a rebound off the boards that popped straight back in front of the night and fired it to the upper corner before Caley Mueller hit a one-timer on a puck that slid right in front of the net after Alison Quinn tried to poke one in on the post from behind the net.
The Mustangs penalty kill stood strong once again after not allowing a single shot on net on the third power-play for Saint Anselm. The Hawks entered the contest having scored 19 power-play goals on 67 opportunities this season.
Stevenson had one more power-play opportunity in the game late in the period but could not get any shots on net. The Mustangs were outshot, 35-9, in the game with Darosa finishing with 29 saves.
The final goal of the game came with 2:21 remaining as Quin's shot was able to slide past the stick of Darosa.
Stevenson returns to action on Friday, January 20 when the Mustangs host a two-game non-conference series versus Sacred Heart. Opening face-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.