PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The defense of visiting Southern Maine was too tough for the Johnson & Wales University men's ice hockey team to crack. The Wildcats dropped a 5-0 decision to the Huskies on Saturday.
The loss dropped the Wildcats to 0-5 overall, 0-4 in the NEHC. Southern Maine improved to 2-5, 2-4 in the league.
The Huskies got on the board midway through the opening period when Adam Withers stole the puck in front of the JWU net and got it Mark Tomaschek for the first score. With less than five minutes left in the period, Withers centered a pass in front of the net and Tanner McClure chipped it in for the 2-0.
Southern Maine put the game out of reach with three second-period goals, including two scores from Maverick Lynes. The Huskies doubled up the Wildcats in shots, 43-21.
Five goals were more than enough for Huskie netmider Anthony D'Aloisio (2-3) as he turned away all 21 shots he faced. JWU goalie Mike Rockwell Jr. (0-4) was handed the loss despite 38 saves.
Johnson & Wales will try to get in the win column Tuesday when it travels to Westfield State for a 7:35 p.m. puck drop.