PAWTUCKET, RI – With a limited roster due to injury and illness as well as coming off a hard-fought loss the night before, the Johnson & Wales University women's hockey team was at a significant disadvantage against Wesleyan University. The short-handed Wildcats fought hard, but came up short, 9-0, to the Cardinals on Saturday at Lynch Arena.
The loss dropped the Wildcats' record to 0-8. Wesleyan picked up a victory in its season opener.
The Cardinals jumped on the board early in the first period when Sarah Gross' shot from five feet inside the blue line got through the pads of JWU goalie Kami Weiner (Elk Grove Village, Ill.). Six minutes later, Jackie Kilar made it 2-0 when she scored from the right side to beat Weiner. The Cardinals added two more goals less than three minutes apart as Grace Keogh found the net at the 13:24 mark then Gina Mangiafridda followed with the fourth goal of the period.
Despite giving up nine goals, Johnson & Wales got a solid performance between the pipes from Weiner. The rookie goaltender turned away a season-high 79 shots. The Wildcats were outshot 88-7 with Molly Gray (Bozeman, Mont.) and Summer Britton(Fairbanks, Alaska) leading the way with two apiece.
The Wildcats are off for the Thanksgiving break and don't return to the ice until November 28 when they travel to Nichols followed by a home contest the next day against Connecticut College at 2:55 p.m.