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Hockey Suffers 8-4 Setback Against Nichols In ECAC Northeast Action
The hockey team suffered an 8-4 setback against Nichols in an ECAC Northeast contest at the RI Sports Center on Wednesday evening.
Nichols got on the board first when sophomore Josh Moles (Fort Wayne, Ind.) scored just 2:48 into the contest. Johnson & Wales responded, however and tied the game 1-1 on a goal by freshman Colin Flynn (Elverson, Pa.) at the 11:21 mark. The Wildcats took the 2-1 lead when sophomore Jason Pietrasiak (Shrewsbury, Mass.) at the 12:39 mark. JWU would take the one goal lead into the locker room at the first intermission.
The visiting Bison struck early in the second and knotted the game at 2-2 on a goal by senior Matt Roberts (Merrimac, Mass.) just 1:42 into the stanza. A power play goal by senior Will Munson (Corona, Calif.) at the 5:26 mark would give Nichols the 3-2 advantage. Once again, JWU responded and evened the score at 3-3 after a short handed goal by freshman Ryan Sell (Riga, Mich.) at the 13:27 mark. The back-and-forth action continued and Nichols regained the 4-3 lead on a power play goal by junior Zach Hendrickson (Farmingdale, N.Y.) with just over five minutes left in the period. The Wildcats battled back and tied the game at 4-4 at the 17:39 mark on a goal by senior Joe Simeone (Cranston, R.I.). The game would head into the second intermission deadlocked in a 4-4 tie.