PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Despite a fast start, the Johnson & Wales University men's ice hockey team could not come through with a conference victory on Friday. The Wildcats fell 5-1 to Castleton University in NEHC action.
Castleton: 5-8-2, 3-4-1 NECH
Johnson & Wales: 4-9, 0-7 NEHC
CU: Brandon Colett (L, 3-6-1) 19 Saves
JWU: Mike Rockwell Jr. (W, 3-7) 29 Saves
Logan Orem (JWU): 1 Goal
Alex Maunula (CU): 1 Goal, 1 Assist
Dom Kuziak (CU) 2 Goals
The Wildcats opened the scoring just 84 seconds into the game. The rebound of Matt Bernot's shot came out to Logan Orem and he buried it in the back of the net for his third goal of the year.
Castleton's Alex Maunula factored into the next two goals as the visitors had a 2-1 advantage after the first period intermission. On the power play, he put back the rebound of Glenn Wiswell's shot at the 6:46 mark. With time winding down in the opening frame, he centered a pass to Calvin Moise and he slid the puck between the pads of JWU goalie Mike Rockwell Jr.
Dom Kuziak scored late in the second period then added a short-handed goal in the third period.
The Spartans kept Rockwell busy, holding a 35-20 shot advantage.
The Wildcats return to the Lynch Arena ice Saturday to host fourth-ranked Norwich at 4 p.m.