MUSTANGS VS. CHATHAM
Stevenson has won all eight games in the series, outscoring the Cougars, 23-8, with three shutouts. All three shutouts have come at Reisterstown Sportsplex. Senior Cierra Siemasko recorded one goal and two assists in two games last season while classmate Kellen Wittman has a goal and an assist in five games. Both Caitie Darosa and Annie Smyth-Hammond each have one victory.
Last season, the Mustangs outshot Chatham, 93-42 in the two-game series. Stevenson went 1-for-8 on the power play a year ago and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.
For the Cougars, Devon Strachan made a combined 87 saves in net on 93 shots in the two games a season ago.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS
Chatham snapped a six-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Trine last weekend. The Cougars are 0-5 on the road this season and have been shutout in three of those contests. The team is averaging just 0.4 goals per game on the road.
Jillian Rowland leads the team with eight points on seven goals, four on the power play, and one assist. Rowland also has one shorthanded goal and three unassisted scores. Michelle Jones and Kirajean Frost share the team lead with four assists. In net, Devon Strachan has started seven games while Katy Reed has started six. Strachan has a 3.31 goals against average and a .908 save percentage while Reed has a 3.82 goals against average and a .883 save percentage.
HOME SWEET HOME
Stevenson is 33-15-6 under head coach Tracy Johnson at Reisterstown Sportsplex, including a 5-1 victory over Wilkes last season. The Mustangs started the season on the road for six of their 10 games and are concluding a three-game home stand to start 2019. Six of the final 12 games will be played on home ice.
Fifth-year senor Kellen Wittman has posted career highs in points (18), goals (12) and assists (6) while also scoring a career-best five power play goals. She has a point in nine of her 11 games this season and has nine points over her last three games. Wittman ranks third in Division III with 1.64 points per game and second with 1.09 goals per game. Her five power play goals rank tied for second. The fifth-year senior has 11 career multi-point games, including five this season.
First-year Nikki Kendrick has recorded a point in nine of her last 11 games and has recorded a point in nine of 13 games this season. Kendrick has recorded 16 points on seven goals and nine assists over the last 10 games. She has five power play goals, which ranks tied for second in Division III. Kendrick also has six multi-point games, including two multi-goal games. Her 1.38 points per game ranks tied for 15th in the country and tied for fifth amongst rookies.
OVERTIME IS MUSTANG TIME
Stevenson has never lost an overtime game in program history, posting a 6-0-9 record. The Mustangs went to six overtime games a season ago, posting a 1-0-5 record and are 0-0-1 this season. The lone win a season ago came in a 3-2 victory over William Smith in the UCHC semifinal with senior Kellen Wittman netting the game-winning goal. The team is 2-0 in playoff overtime games.
GRABBING A LEAD
The Mustangs are a perfect 3-0-0 this season when leading at the first intermission and 46-3-2 under Johnson. The team is 4-3-0 when scoring first this season and 0-5-1 when the opponent scores first. After two periods of play, Stevenson is nearly unbeatable when holding a lead, posting a 58-1-2 record, including 4-0-0 this season. In comparison, the Mustangs struggle to come back from a two-period deficit, holding a 6-47-2 record with Johnson.
MUST SCORE THREE
The Mustangs are 61-3-4 all-time when scoring three or more goals, including 30-0-0 when scoring at least five. When held to two or less, the team is 19-51-7. Stevenson has been held the two or fewer goals in seven of its 13 games. The team is 2-1-1 when scoring at least three goals this season and 3-0-0 when netting at least four.
Kendrick/Wittman are one power play goal of moving into the top five in a single season.
Wittman is one goal shy moving into the top-three all time and two goals shy of top-five in a season.
Siemasko is two assists shy of cracking the top-five in a single season.