BURRILLVILLE, RI. – For two minutes in the third period, the first-year Johnson & Wales University women's hockey team held its first lead of the season. Unfortunately, the short-handed Wildcats couldn't hang on as host Nichols College scored four unanswered goals for the 5-2 decision on Saturday.
The loss dropped the Wildcats to 0-9 on the year. The Bison got their first victory of the year as they improved to 1-8.
Right before the end of the second period, Alexis Harle (Calgary, Alberta) got the Wildcats on the board when she took the pass from Caitlin Sweet (Calgary, Alberta) and beat BC goalie Cassandra Goyette for a power play goal. Less than two minutes into the third period, Harle scored again as Katya Klinoff (Concord, Mass.) fed her the pass that put JWU up 2-1.
Two minutes later, Emily Wood evened the game with a goal. The Bison regained the lead for good at the 4:33 mark of the third period on a Laura Christie goal. The Wildcats got off a season-high 28 shots, but allowed Nichols to get off 41. Taking the loss in goal was Kami Weiner (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) while Goyette picked up the win.
Johnson & Wales doesn't have much time to lament the loss as it plays host to Connecticut College at 2:55 p.m. on Sunday at Lynch Arena in Pawtucket.