PAWTUCKET, RI – A wild third period lifted the Johnson & Wales University women's ice hockey team to its first victory of 2017. The Wildcats scored three-straight goals in the final 20 minutes to beat visiting New England College, 4-3, on Friday night.
New England College: 2-9
Johnson & Wales: 5-9
NEC: Ashley Castriotta, 30 saves, 4 goals
JWU: Kami Weiner: 25 saves, 3 goals
Tied at 1-1 after two periods, the Pilgrims grabbed a 2-1 advantage when Rachel Vigliano's pass was deflected in front of the net to Marisa Roth and she got it past JWU goalie Kami Weiner (Elk Grove Village, Ill.).
Johnson & Wales took advantage of two power play opportunities to get the lead. As she was falling down, Cassie Wakefield (North Vancouver, British Columbia) sent a pass across the goal to Julia Martinsson (Charlottenberg, Sweden) and she tied the game at 2-2 at the 7:42 mark.
Casey Chodkowski (Somerset, Mass.) tallied her second assist of the game when she sent a pass up to Martinsson and she scored on the breakaway to put the Wildcats in front, 3-2. With just under three minutes to play, Alexis Harle (Calgary, Alberta) put back the rebound of Wakefield's shot to give JWU a 4-2 margin.
With the goalie pulled, NEC got within a goal when Megan Servaes slid a pass to Alexa Scribner and she scored on the right side with 30 seconds remaining.
The Pilgrims got on the board first with the only goal of the opening 20 minutes as Vigliano redirected a pass from Mackenzie Meegan into the goal. Johnson & Wales got the equalizer less than three minutes into the second period when Chodkowski centered the puck to Wakefield and she beat NEC goalie Ashley Castriotta.
Johnson & Wales had 16 shots on goal in the third period for a 34-28 advantage overall. JWU's work on both ends of the power play was the difference. The Wildcats were 2-5 with the extra skater and only allowed the Pilgrims to score on two of their eight power plays.
The Wildcats are back on the ice Saturday when they play host to UMass-Boston at 4:10 pm.