Bison Score Twice in Third Period to Beat JWU 4-2
PAWTUCKET, RI. – A third-period power play goal was the difference Thursday between the Johnson & Wales University men's ice hockey team and visiting Nichols College. The Bison prevailed 4-2 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference matchup.
Nichols: 6-3-1, 5-1-1 CCC
Johnson & Wales: 3-6-2 1-5-1 CCC
NC: Colin Brennan – 26 saves, 2 goals
JWU: Joey Ballmer - 29 saves, 3 goals
The teams were tied going into the third period and overtime wasn't out of the question as they remained scoreless halfway through the final stanza. JB Baker and Cody Rodgers set up Scott Cuthrell's goal that broke the stalemate at the 13:25 mark. The Bison added an empty net goal in the final two minutes.
The Bison got on the board first when Rodgers scored off the assist from Scott Cuthrell at the 11:02 mark of the first period. Just two minutes into the second period, Johnson & Wales got the equalizer. Freshman Tristan Goodwin (East Haven, Conn.) scored his second goal of the year with Alan Boozer (Detroit, Mich.) and Nicholas Gray (Stafford, Va.) getting the assists.
The Wildcats got their first lead of the game 10 minutes later on a short-handed goal. Chad Guderian's (Coppell, Texas) goal at 12:18 put JWU up 2-1. Rodgers' second goal of the game tied the score at 2-2 three minutes later.
Nichols ability to take advantage of the power play was the deciding factor. The Bison were 3-for-5 with the extra man while JWU went 0-for-5. Nichols had a 33-28 advantage in shots with JWU's Joey Ballmer (Kalamazoo, Mich.) making 29 saves in the loss. Colin Brennan stopped 26 shots for Nichols.
The Wildcats are back in action Saturday night when they play host to Salve Regina at 6:55 p.m.