WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Johnson & Wales University men's ice hockey team built a 3-1 lead but gave up two goals in the final minute of regulation to Western New England University. The Golden Bears got the winner in overtime as they defeated the Wildcats, 4-3, on Saturday.
Johnson & Wales: 6-9-2, 2-7-1 CCC
Western New England: 6-9-2, 3-6-1 CCC
WNEU: Kevin Gollmer - 29 saves, 3 goals
JWU: Joey Ballmer - 40 saves, 4 goals
Johnson & Wales got on the board in the opening period when Ben Brouillard (Somerset, Mass.) scored with two minutes left in the frame. WNEU responded with a power play goal by Matt Smethurst with just four seconds left in the opening stanza.
The Golden Bears' Matthieu Audet scored with 32 seconds remaining and Josh Twietmeyer tied the game with 18 ticks left on the clock. Twietmeyer tallied the game-winner with just over a minute left in overtime.
Western New England outshot JWU, 44-32, including 37-14 in the last two periods and overtime. Wildcats goaltender Joey Ballmer (Kalamazoo, Mich.) made 40 saves in defeat. Johnson & Wales was 0-4 on the power play while WNEU was 1-5.
Johnson & Wales gets back on the ice Thursday when it hosts Becker at 6:55 p.m.