Saluzzo Nets First of the Season, Mustangs Fall at Utica

Saluzzo Nets First of the Season, Mustangs Fall at Utica

UTICA, N.Y. - Stevenson women's ice hockey sophomore Angelica Saluzzo netted her first goal of the season while senior Kellen Wittman netted her team-leading 15th as the Mustangs dropped a United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) contest versus Utica Friday afternoon at Adirondack Bank Center.

  • The Pioneers (13-4-0, 9-2-0 UCHC) scored on their first shot on net just 2:25 into the contest as a shot by Danielle Haasbeek went wide and hit hard off the back boards and landed right at the stick of Caley Susitti who found the back of the net.
  • At the 8:27 mark, the Mustangs (6-11-1, 3-7-1 UCHC) went on the power play but it was the hosts who found the back of the net as Lexi Stanisewski crossed into the offensive alone and scored a shorthanded goal with a shot on her backhand.
  • Just four seconds after the penalty expired and Utica still with four players in its defensive zone, the visitors got on the board as a shot from the blue line by sophomore Casey Storck was redirected down and over the pads of Bria Reilly by Wittman.
  • Freshman Elizabeth Gaudreau stole the puck at the blue line just past the midway point of the period and was ahead of the defense but over skated the puck.
  • Senior Caitie Darosa came up with a big pad save with just over five minutes left before falling on the puck to not allow a rebound attempt.
  • With 2:17 remaining in the frame, the Pioneers added a third goal to push their lead to, 3-1, after a shot from the right circle by Katrina Cornick was originally saved by Darosa before trickling into the back of the net.

  • Just 2:32 into the period, Saluzzo got the Mustangs back within one as she buried a rebound on a shot from sophomore Trinity Barcless. Freshman Colleen McAnespie picked up the secondary assist.
  • A few minutes later, the visitors were looking for the equalizer as freshman Paige Sullivan sent a shot to the net that rebounded off Reilly before the goaltender was able to fall on the puck with bodies in front of the net.
  • With 32 seconds remaining, freshman Nikki Kendrick skated onto pass and got a shot off with not much room to work but it was saved by the pad of Reilly.

  • The Mustangs went on their second power play of the game just 2:06 into the period but managed just one shot on net, a shot from the point by junior Rachel Grewette at the start of the player advantage. Wittman had a turnaround shot during the power play but it was wide of the net.
  • With 13:35 remaining, junior Allyson Barlow put a shot on net after a centering pass by classmate Jordan Pirrello after carrying the puck in from the neutral zone.
  • Just prior to the midway point of the period, junior Annie Smyth-Hammond came up with a big save on a shot from Kyra Borsoi after Borsoi and a teammate got behind the Stevenson defense.
  • Both team's were whistled for roughing penalties after the stop, to produce four-on-four play, with neither team finding the net.
  • Georgiana Santullo gave the hosts a 4-2 lead with 7:02 remaining after getting a shot past Smyth-Hammond.
  • Stevenson had another power play opportunity with 5:50 remaining and had a five-on-three opportunity for 16 seconds but Reilly came up with a stop on Kendrick, twice.
  • The Mustangs pulled Smyth-Hammond for an extra skater with 1:46 left in regulation but Reilly once again came up with a pair of saves.

  • Stevenson outshot Utica, 30-26, including 13-6 in the second period.
  • The Pioneers won 29 of the 47 face-offs. Pirrello won a team-high five face-offs.
  • It is the first goal and second point for Wittman in four contests versus Utica. The senior is now one goal shy of tying of tying Monica Pozuc '18 for second place all-time.
  • For Saluzzo, it is her second career goal, with both goals coming on the road.
  • THe assist from McAnespie marks her first career point.
  • Darosa had six saves while Smyth-Hammond finished with 16.

  • Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, January 26 when the Mustangs face Utica in the second of a two-game UCHC series. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
  • The Mustangs return home on Saturday, February 2 when the team hosts a UCHC and Middle Atlantic Conferecne contest versus Lebanon Valley.