HOOKSETT, NY – After a fast start to the season, the Johnson & Wales University men's ice hockey team hit a rough patch. The Wildcats broke out of a six-game winless streak by beating the host Southern New Hampshire, 4-0, on Saturday in the first game of the Manchester PAL Cup.
Johnson & Wales: 3-4-2
Southern New Hampshire: 6-2
JWU: Joey Ballmer - 22 saves, 0 goals
SNHU: Ryan Slatky - 52 saves, 3 goals
Five minutes into the contest, freshman Nicholas Gray (Stafford, Va.) got the Wildcats on the board with his fourth goal of the year – tying him for the team lead. Logan Fortier (Newport, Vt.) was credited with the assist as he has scored a point in back-to-back games.
Back in his home state, senior Connor Bates (Laconia, NH) assisted on both of JWU's second-period goals. He won the second-half face off and Ben Brouillard (Somerset, Mass.) raced down the ice to score just nine seconds into the period. Bates and Brouillard set up Victor Carlsson's (Calmar, Sweden) goal with 3:09 left in the second frame. Bates has scored at least one point in three-straight games.
While the offense was out-shooting the Penman, 56-22, JWU goalie Joey Ballmer (Kalamazoo, Mich.) was tough between the pipes. He turned away all 22 shots he faced to record his first shutout of the season.
Johnson & Wales moves on to face UMass Dartmouth in Sunday's championship game at 4:30 p.m.