PAWTUCKET, RI. – A second period goal by Caitlin Sweet pulled the Johnson & Wales University women's ice hockey to within a goal of visiting New England College, but the Wildcats could not come away with the victory. The Pilgrims added a late third-period goal for the 3-1 victory at Lynch Arena on Saturday.
Johnson & Wales' record dropped to 0-11 while New England College improved to 4-6.
Keeping Johnson & Wales in the game the entire time was the effort of goalkeeper Kami Weiner (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) as she turned away 73 shots. It was the seventh game this season she's made 50 or more saves. NEC goalie Lindsey Powers stopped all eight JWU shots she faced.
The Pilgrims got a pair of goals in the first period, including a short-handed goal from Morgan Braniff in the 16th minute. With less than five minutes left in the second period, Sweet (Calgary, Alberta) put back the rebound of Tamara Bowden's (Weymouth, Mass.) for her first collegiate goal and to get the Wildcats within a goal.
Even though Johnson & Wales only suited up eight skaters, it kept NEC off the board for over 40 minutes following its second goal. Unfortunately, the Pilgrims got an insurance goal with 1:20 remaining when Mackenzie Meegan stole the faceoff and beat Weiner with a wrist shot.
Johnson & Wales plays back-to-back games next weekend against Plymouth State with the first game in Plymouth then the second tilt at Lynch Arena on December 12 at 4:25 p.m.