SHELTON, Conn. – In its first season as a NCAA program, it took the Johnson & Wales University women's ice hockey team 15 contests to win its first game. In year two it only took one. The Wildcats had an offensive outburst in the season opener as they downed Post University, 6-1, on Saturday.
Johnson & Wales: 1-0
Less than two minutes into the game, freshman Katherine Mason (Grafton, Mass.) scored her first collegiate goal. The rookie led all players with two goals and an assist as she also scored with 21 seconds remaining in the game.
After the Eagles tied the game at the 15:45 mark, sophomore Alexis Harle (Calgary, Alberta) scored the first of her two goals 16 seconds later. She added another goal in the second period. Sandwiched in between Harle's goals was a power play score from Molly Gray (Bozeman, Mont.)
Compared to last year when she set the NCAA Division III single-season record for saves, it was a relatively light night in between the pipes for goalkeeper Kami Weiner (Elk Grove Village, Ill.). She turned away 12 of the 13 shots she faced to get the victory.
Johnson & Wales goes on the road November 4 to face Endicott in its Colonial Hockey Conference opener, then plays its first home contest of the year against the Gulls in Lynch Arena at 7 p.m. on November 5.