MUSTANGS VS. NEUMANN
The 14-game series is the most in Stevenson's seven-year history. Neumann won the first five games of the series before the Mustangs went 9-0-0 in the next nine games. Stevenson swept the three-game series last season, outscoring the Knights, 14-5.
Senior Kellen Wittman has four points in four games in the series, including netting two goals a season ago. Senior Cierra Siemasko recorded a goal and an assist in the three games last season while also posting a +4 rating.
Both teams had 15 power play opportunities last season, with the Mustangs going 4-for-15 while Neumann went 2-for-15. Stevenson also outshot the Knights, 142-67 in the three games, recording at least 40 shots in all three contests.
SCOUTING THE KNIGHTS
Neumann snapped its four-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over Chatham on Wednesday. The Knights have posted four of their six wins in their last nine contests, posting a pair of shutouts.
Jackie Schneider and Katelyn Brown share the team lead with 22 points. Schneider has a team-best 17 goals while Brown has dished out a team-high 12 assists. The duo has combined for eight power play goals. Jordyn Cholish had four goals, including three on the power play.
The Knights have gone 17-for-94 on the power play (18.1%) and 76-for-96 on the penalty kill (79.2%). Neumann is averaging just 24.1 shots per game while its opponents are totaling 45.5.
In net, Helen Cooney has started 18 of the team's 21 games, posting a 3.05 GAA and a .934 save percentage.
HOME SWEET HOME
Stevenson is home for three of its final four games, including a home-and-home series with Neumann before hosting No. 2 Elmira for two. The Mustangs are 35-23-7 all-time at Reisterstown Sportsplex. The team is just 3-4-1 at home this season but 3-1-0 in its last four games.
WIN AND IN
The Mustangs currently hold the sixth and final spot in the UCHC playoff standings, just one point ahead of Neumann. If Stevenson sweeps the two-game series versus the Knights, the Mustangs will clinch a playoff spot no matter what would happen in the final weekend of play.
PLAYING FOR A CAUSE
During Saturday's game, Stevenson will wear lime green for Mental Health Awareness. The Mustangs will be collecting donations as well as holding a silent auction and raffle with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
GRINDING IT OUT
The offense has been held to two or fewer goals in 15 of the 21 games this season. Despite the struggles, the Mustangs rank tied for 25th in Division III, netting 2.33 goals per game. Stevenson is 3-0-0 in one-goal games this season and 28-9-0 under head coach Tracy Johnson. The Mustangs rank 19th on the power play, operating at 18.8 percent.
PLAYING FROM AHEAD
Stevenson is best when playing with a lead this season and struggles to erase a deficit. The team is 7-4-0 when scoring first compared to 1-8-1 when the opponent nets the first goal. The Mustangs are 4-0-0 when leading at the first intermission and 5-0-0 when leading after two. When the opponent leads after one period of play, Stevenson is 1-9-1 and 1-11-1 when trailing after two.
Head coach Tracy Johnson has used 32 different line combinations this season. The top line of seniors Cierra Siemasko and Kellen Wittman, and freshman Nikki Kendrick have 48 points on 23 goals and 25 assists in 13 games together. The trio has accounted for 46.9 percent of the team's goals and 31.6 percent of the assists.
FOLLOW THE LEADER
When captain Cierra Siemasko nets a goal, the Mustangs are 13-4-1. When she dishes out an assist, the team is 21-4-2. When alternate captain Maddy Ricci scores, the team is 9-0-0, while the Mustangs have a 10-3-0 record when she dishes out an assist. Alternate captain and goaltender Annie Smyth-Hammond has dished out two assists this season.
Senior Kellen Wittman and freshman Nikki Kendrick has combined for 53 points on 29 goals and 24 assists. The duo has 16 power play goals and three game-winning goals. Wittman's 27 points ranks tied for fourth in a single season in program history with Kendrick's 26 points set the rookie record. Wittman's nine power play goals is a single season record and ranks tied for first in Division III.
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 point shy of becoming the third player to record 60 points in program history.
Wittman is three points of 30 points in a season (Chelsea Blackburn has three 30 point seasons).