BEVERLY, Mass. – No coach likes to claim moral victories, but there are some signs that the first-year Johnson & Wales University women's ice hockey team is showing improvement. After losing to Endicott College, 6-0, on Friday night, the Wildcats played much better defense in dropping a 2-0 decision to the Gulls on Saturday.
The loss dropped Johnson & Wales' record to 0-4, 0-2 in the Collegiate Hockey Conference. Endicott remained undefeated on the year at 4-0 and 2-0 in the CHC.
Perhaps the biggest improvement from Friday's first game with Endicott came from JWU goalkeeper Kami Weiner (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) The freshman netminder turned away a season-high 72 shots while only giving up the pair of goals.
With the exception of a 46-second stretch in the second period, Weiner and the Wildcats' defense played well against the Gulls. Endicott got its first goal by Rachel Lustenring at the 16:15 mark then Meredith Vlacchos scored 46 seconds later.
The Wildcats go on the road next week for a pair of games at Stevenson on November 13-14.