The hockey team posted a 6-4 victory against Becker in an ECAC Northeast contest on the road on Wednesday evening.
JWU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when junior Shane Viola (Oaklyn, N.J.) scored just 2:29 into the contest. The Wildcats extended their lead to 2-0 less than a minute later on a goal by sophomore Adam Bolotin (Vernon Hills, Ill.) at the 3:12 mark. The Wildcats continued to control the action and went up 3-0 on an unassisted tally by junior Jeremiah Ketts (Foristell, Mo.) at the 17:11 mark. JWU took the three goal lead into the locker room after the first period of play.
Becker would finally get on the board just 1:26 into the second stanza when a power play goal by Dan Kane cut the lead to 3-1. JWU responded quickly, however and went up 4-1 on a goal by sophomore Jason Pietrasiak (Shrewsbury, Mass.) at the 7:38 mark. The Wildcats struck again quickly and extended their advantage to 5-1 less than a minute later on a goal an unassisted goal by freshman Eddie Patterson (Ciniminson, N.J.) at the 8:03 mark. That goal would later prove to be the game-winner. JWU took a commanding 5-1 lead into the locker room after two periods of play.
Becker closed the gap early in the third period after a goal by James Gordon at the 6:07 mark cut the lead to 5-2. The Hawks continued to chip away at the lead and a goal by Jarrod Clark at 7:36 made it a 5-3 game. A power play goal by Becker's Brian Murray at the 16:24 mark would then make the score 5-4. That would be as close as Becker would get, however as Pietrasiak's power play goal at the 19:51 mark propelled JWU to the 6-4 victory.
JWU sophomore Matt Cooper (Perrysburg, Ohio) made 31 saves in the victory while Jake Rosenthal had 19 stops for Becker in the setback.