The men's ice hockey squad suffered a hard fought 2-1 setback against Fredonia in a non-conference contest on the road at Steele Hall on Friday evening.
The two teams skated through a scoreless first period with Fredonia holding the 11-9 advantage in shots for the stanza.
Fredonia was able to get on the board just 3:58 into the second stanza when Mackenzie McAvoy scored with an assist to Blake Forslund. Johnson & Wales responded at the 11:15 mark when freshman Alan Boozer (Detroit, Mich.) started a rush up ice, fed a pass to sophomore JP Larmoyeux (West Palm Beach, Fla.) who found sophomore Fran Mackin (Philadelphia, Pa.). After a shot from the high slot, Macklin collected his own rebound and put in another shot into the back of the net to knot the game at 1-1. The second period ended in the deadlock with Fredonia holding a 30-27 advantage in shots through two periods of action.
In the third period, Hunter Long gave the host Blue Devils the 2-1 advantage with an unassisted tally at the 5:07 mark. The Wildcats had several chances down the stretch, including a key save for the Fredonia keeper after JWU won a faceoff in the Fredonia zone and a shot by Matt Lanzillotti (Chicago, Ill.) on the final play of the game, but weren't able to capitalize as Fredonia held on for the 2-1 victory.
Sophomore Joey Ballmer (Kalamazoo, Mich.) had 31 saves for Johnson & Wales while Jeff Flagler notched 37 stops in the win for Fredonia.
With the setback Johnson & Wales drops to 5-4-1 for the season while Fredonia improves to 2-5-3 on the year. The Wildcats will return to action on Saturday, December 13th when they travel to Buffalo State for a non-conference contest starting at 4:00 p.m.