MORRISVILLE, NY – With the Colonial Hockey Conference playoffs a week away, the Johnson & Wales University women's ice hockey team is going into the tournament on an upswing. The Wildcats scored three second-period goals on their way to a 4-0 triumph at Morrisville State on Friday.
Johnson & Wales: 9-14-1, 4-7 CHC
Morrisville State: 17-6-1, 7-4 CHC
MSC: Renee Schmaltz: 5 saves, 4 goals
JWU: Julia Åberg: 37 saves, 0 goals
With just under five minutes left in the opening period, the Wildcats struck for the first goal. Rookie Kathryn Mason (Grafton, Mass.) scored her team-leading 11th goal of the season with Casey Chodkowski (Somerst, Mass.) and Julia Martinsson (Charlottenburg, Sweden) providing the assists.
Martinsson scored at the 5:40 mark of the second period then the Wildcats notched a pair of goals within 69 seconds of each other to put the game out of reach. Chodkowski scored on a penalty shot at the 12:59 mark - the first penalty shot in school history - then Victoria Perez (Livonia, Mich.) tallied her first goal of the year to put JWU up 4-0.
The four goals were more than enough for JWU goalie Julia Åberg (Stockholm, Sweden) to get her fourth win of the season. She stopped all 37 shots she faced to record her third shutout of the year. JWU was outshot 37-13. The Mustangs could not convert any of their four power play opportunities while the Wildcats were 0-1 with the extra attacker.
The two teams are back on the ice Saturday in the regular season finale at 2 p.m.