PAWTUCKET, RI. – The last two games the Johnson & Wales University men's ice hockey team found its offensive momentum. For the first time since the start of the season the Wildcats scored at least four goals in back-to-back games as they defeated Morrisville State, 5-2, on Tuesday. The game was originally scheduled for January 7 but had to be moved due to inclement weather.
Morrisville State: 2-11-2
Johnson & Wales: 4-7-2
MSC: Jared Young – 31 saves, 5 goals
JWU: Joey Ballmer - 24 saves, 2 goals
Following a scoreless first period, the Mustangs got on the board just 38 seconds into the second stanza. Jordan Carvalho took the pass from CJ Stubbs to score on a breakaway goal.
The Wildcats answered with two goals in less than a minute. Michael Mazzotta (Mars, Pa.) ripped a slap shot from the right point at the 6:42 mark. Fifty-eight seconds later, Connor Bates (Laconia, NH) shot from almost the exact same spot and beat Jared Young to give the hosts a 2-1 lead.
Victor Carlsson (Kalmar, Sweden) picked up his second assist of the second period when he slung a pass down ice to Ryan Sete (Jackson, Mich.) who set up Nicholas Gray (Stafford, Va.) for a one-timer and Gray's sixth goal of the year.
Apart from the two goals given up, JWU goaltender Joey Ballmer (Kalamazoo, Mich.) was rock solid in goal. He turned away 24-of-26 shots to get his fourth victory of the year. Ballmer also assisted on the fifth goal for his second career point. JWU had a 36-to-26 advantage in shots. Neither team converted on the power play.
Johnson & Wales goes on the road Saturday for a 3 p.m. contest at Fredonia.