MUSTANGS VS. UTICA
Stevenson went 1-0-1 in last season's UCHC series, the first meetings since 2015, posting a 2-1 victory before the teams skated to a 2-2 tie. Both teams have a pair of wins in the series. For the Mustangs, Cierra Siemasko had a pair of assists in last season's meetings while Rebecca had a goal and an assist.
Utica outshot Stevenson, 60-49 in the two games. The Mustangs were a combined 2-for-14 on the power play while the Pioneers were, 1-for-9. In net, Bria Reilly started both games for Utica, stopping 44 of the 49 shots. Junior Annie Smyth-Hammond earned the win for Stevenson, making 30 saves on 31 shots while senior Caitie Darosa stopped 26 of 29 shots.
SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
Utica saw its three-game win streak snapped with a 3-1 loss versus Nazareth last weekend. The Pioneers had posted three consecutive shutouts during the win streak and have six shutouts this season. Utica boasts the 10th best scoring offense in Division III, averaging 3.81 goals per game while ranking seventh in scoring defense (1.38).
Lexi Stanisewski leads the team with 18 points on seven goals and a team-high 11 assists. Rebecca Brown has 17 points on a team-best nine goals along with eight assists. Elizabeth Dohner and Georgiana Santullo have 15 and 14 points, respectively. In net, Bria Reilly has started 12 of the team's 16 games and ranks 11th in Division III with a 1.34 goals against average and 32nd with a .931 save percentage.
Stevenson continues its five-game road trip, with the next three games away from Reisterstown Sportsplex. The Mustangs are 4-6-0 on the road this season, with three of the wins coming via the shutout. The team has also been shut out twice while allowing at least five goals in five of the games.
OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
The Mustangs currently sit outside of the UCHC playoff race, sitting in seventh place with the top six teams making the tournament. Stevenson is one points behind Neumann, who has played one more conference contest. The Mustangs have four conference series remaining, including against Neumann and ninth-place Lebanon Valley. Stevenson also will face top-ranked Elmira.
GRINDING IT OUT
The offense has been held to two or fewer goals in 12 of the 17 games this season. Despite the struggles, the Mustangs rank 29th in Division III, netting 2.35 goals per game. Stevenson is 2-0-0 in one-goal games this season and 27-9-0 under head coach Tracy Johnson. The Mustangs rank 17th on the power play, operating at 19.8 percent.
PLAYING FROM AHEAD
Stevenson is best when playing with a lead this season and struggles to erase a deficit. The team is 5-4-0 when scoring first compared to 1-6-1 when the opponent nets the first goal. The Mustangs are 3-0-0 when leading at the first intermission and 4-0-0 when leading after two. When the opponent leads after one period of play, Stevenson is 1-7-1 and 1-9-1 when trailing after two.
FINDING THE RIGHT COMBINATION
Head coach Tracy Johnson has used 31 different line combinations this season. The trio of seniors Cierra Siemasko and Kellen Wittman, and freshman Nikki Kendrick have 36 points in nine games together while Kendrick, senior Maddy Ricci, and junior Allyson Barlow have 11 points in three games.
FOLLOW THE LEADER
When captain Cierra Siemasko nets a goal, the Mustangs are 13-3-1. When she dishes out an assist, the team is 20-3-2. When alternate captain Maddy Ricci scores, the team is 9-0-0, while the Mustangs have a 10-2-0 record when she dishes out an assist. Stevenson is also unbeaten when junior Rachel Grewette or sophomore Trinity Barcless has an assist.
Senior Kellen Wittman and freshman Nikki Kendrick has combined for 45 points on 24 goals and 21 assists. The duo has 13 power play goals and a pair of game-winning goals. Wittman has a point in 12 of her 15 games with seven multi-point games while Kendrick has a point in 12 of her 17 games with eight multi-point games. Wittman ranks ninth in Division III with 1.53 points per game and seventh with 0.93 goals per game. Kendrick ranks 20th with 1.29 points per game and tied for 20th with 0.71 assists per game.
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.
Wittman is one power play goal of tying the single season record.
Kendrick is two assists shy of moving into the top-five for a single season.
Siemasko is three points from becoming the seventh player to reach 50 in a career.
Wittman is two goals shy of moving into a tie for second place all-time.