PAWTUCKET, RI – Sometimes the puck doesn't bounce your way. A pair of rebounds that bounced directly to Sacred Heart players was the difference in the game as SHU defeated Johnson & Wales University women's ice hockey team, 6-1, on Friday.
The loss dropped the Wildcats to 4-16. The Pioneers improved to 10-10-2.
Sacred Heart's first two goals came when JWU goalie Kami Weiner (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) made an initial stop, but the rebound went to an SHU player who found the back of the net. Casey Stathopoulos struck first when she put back Taylor Moreland's shot at the 10:34 mark of the first period.
Johnson & Wales got on the board in the second period when Summer Britton (Fairbanks, Alaska) made a pass from the right-hand side to Caitlin Sweet (Calgary, Alberta) in front of the whole and she slid the puck past SHU goalie Amanda Fountaine at the 12:35 mark. The two teams almost went into the intermission tied but Haley Payne's shot ricocheted right to Heather Daley and she beat Weiner with two seconds left in the frame. The Pioneers added four goals in the third period.
Despite making 54 saves, Weiner took the loss as her record dropped to 4-16. She moved up to number eighth on the NCAA single-season save chart with 924 saves. Fountaine got the victory as she stopped 10 shots to improve to 4-5-2.
The two teams are back on the ice Saturday at 12:05 pm in the second game of their weekend series.