PAWTUCKET, RI. – The third period hasn't been the kindest to the Johnson & Wales University men's ice hockey team this season, but JWU reversed its fortune on Saturday night. The Wildcats got three goals in the final 20 minutes to take down the University of New England, 5-2.
New England 11-7-2, 7-5-2 CCC
Johnson & Wales: 9-10-2, 5-8-1 CCC
UNE: Tate Sproxton - 29 saves, 5 goals
JWU: Joey Ballmer - 32 saves, 2 goals
UNE took advantage of its first power play opportunity when Blaise Healy got a wrist shot past JWU goalie Joey Ballmer (Kalamazoo, Mich.) at the 3:16 mark of the first period.
Six minutes later, Johnson & Wales answered with a power play goal of its own. Victor Carlsson (Kalmar, Sweden) got the puck in front of the net to James Hyatt (Coral Springs, Fla.) and his wrister tied the game at 1-1. A slap shot by Fran Mackin (Philadelphia, Pa.) hit behind the net and deflected right to Ben Brouillard (Somerset, Mass.) and he found the back of the net to put JWU ahead 2-1.
After a scoreless second period, freshman Tristan Goodwin (East Haven, Conn.) gave the Wildcats a two-goal lead. He stole a pass in the UNE zone and beat Tate Sproxton on the short side for his third goal of the year.
The Nor'Easters pulled within a goal when Trevor Fleurent scored a power play goal with a wrist shot from just outside the left faceoff circle at the 12:18 mark. The Wildcats pushed the margin back to two just 20 seconds later when Mackin deflected the puck off the crossbar and into the goal.
Both teams took 34 shots with Ballmer making the difference as he made 32 saves, compared to 29 by Sproxton. UNE was 2-3 on the power play while the Wildcats were 1-5 with the extra attacker.
The Wildcats play their final home game of the regular season on Thursday when they take on Curry at 6:55 p.m.