MUSTANGS VS. ELMIRA
The Soaring Eagles have won all five meetings versus Stevenson. Elmira has been ranked at No. 3 in all five of those contests and has outscored the Mustangs, 27-1, with four shutouts. Last season, the Soaring Eagles posted a 7-1 and 7-0 victories in the first meetings since 2014, before Stevenson fell in the UCHC Championship game, 5-0. The two teams also met in Stevenson's inaugural season in 2013.
In last season's three game series, Elmira outshot the Mustangs, 146-71. The Soaring Eagles went a combined 3-for-10 on the powr play while Stevenson was 0-for-13. All three games were played at Elmira.
SCOUTING THE SOARING EAGLES
Since falling to unranked Williams on December 8, Elmira has won 14 consecutive games, outscoring its opponents, 82-9, with seven shutouts. Elmira boasts the highest scoring offense in Division III, scoring 5.04 goals per game while allowing the third fewest goals in the nation, allowing just 1.00 goal per game. The Soaring Eagles also have the best power play units, operating at 30.7 percent.
Katie Granato ranks second in Division III with 1.74 points per game, third with 1.04 goals per game, and tied for third with nine power play goals. Elmira has seven players in the top 50 in points per game, including Meg Lahey who leads all defensemen with 1.17 points per game. In net, Stephanie Martin ranks fifth with a 1.00 goals against average and 11th with a .946 save percentage.
HOME SWEET HOME
Stevenson is home for its final two regular season games after being on the road for 13 of its first 23. The Mustangs are 35-23-8 all-time at Reisterstown Sportsplex. The team is just 3-4-2 at home this season but 3-1-1 in its last five games. Fifth-year senior Kellen Wittman has recorded 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists) in 31 career home games while senior Cierra Siemasko has 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in 29 home games. Rookie Nikki Kendrick has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in nine home games this season.
The Mustangs currently hold the sixth and final spot in the UCHC playoff standings, just three points ahead of Neumann. Stevenson can clinch a playoff spot with just one point versus Elmira or if Neumann fails to collect all four points. Neumann plays a home-and-home series versus last place King's who is 0-16-0 in the UCHC on the season. If King's ties or beats Neumann in either of the two games, Stevenson would clinch the final playoff spot no matter its results against Elmira.
GRINDING IT OUT
The offense has been held to two or fewer goals in 16 of the 23 games this season. Despite the struggles, the Mustangs rank tied for 26th in Division III, netting 2.30 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 22nd on the power play, operating at 17.7 percent.
PLAYING FROM AHEAD
Stevenson is best when playing with a lead this season and struggles to erase a deficit. The team is 8-4-1 when scoring first compared to 1-8-1 when the opponent nets the first goal. The Mustangs are 5-0-1 when leading at the first intermission and 5-0-1 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 52 points on 25 goals and 27 assists in 15 games together. The third line of sophomore Trinity Barcless and freshmen Elizabeth Gaudreau and Ally Gibson have combined for five points and a +8 rating in six games.
This season, the four senior skaters have combined for 59 points on 27 goals and 31 assists. Those numbers account for 50.9 percent of the team's goals, 36.5 percent of the assists and 42.8 percent of the team's points. In pregame ceremonies on Saturday, the Mustangs will honors goaltender Caitie Darosa, forwards Maddy Ricci, Cierra Siemasko, and Kellen Wittman, and defender Allie Sabatini.
OVERTIME IS MUSTANG TIME
Stevenson has never lost an overtime game in program history, posting a 6-0-10 record. The Mustangs went to six overtime games a season ago, posting a 1-0-5 record and are 0-0-2 this season. The team is 2-0 in playoff overtime games.
Wittman is one point shy of 30 points in a season (Chelsea Blackburn has three 30 point seasons).
Siemasko is one point shy of tying sixth place all-time and one goal shy of tying seventh.
Kendrick is one assist shy of solo fourth place in a single season and three shy of tying second.