PAWTUCKET, RI – Alexis Harle scored for the second time in three games but it wasn't enough to lift the Johnson & Wales University women's ice hockey team past Sacred Heart University on Saturday. The Pioneers scored a pair of goals in the second period, including the game-winner as they prevailed, 3-1.
The Wildcats' record dropped to 4-17. Sacred Heart improved to 11-10-2 as it took the two-game series.
Even though she turned away 43 shots, JWU goalie Kami Weiner (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) was saddled with the loss as her record fell to 4-17. With 1,018 saves, the sophomore is number three on the NCAA single-season save chart. Nicole Magee stopped 12-of-13 JWU shots for the victory, improving her record to 7-5.
Just 1:11 into the game, Taylor Moreland put the Pioneers on the board when she scored off the pass from Casey Stathopoulos. Johnson & Wales pulled it together defensively and kept SHU off the board until Megan Finlay scored a power play goal that was the eventual game-winner at the 16:37 mark of the second period. With a minute left in the period, Amie Varano tallied another goal.
Johnson & Wales got on the board in the third period when Harle (Calgary, Alberta) scored with the assist to Caitlin Sweet (Calgary, Alberta). After missing seven games with an injury, Harle now has two points in her last two games. Sweet, who is second on the team with 11 points, has scored at least one point in her last three contests.
The Wildcats get back into Colonial Hockey Conference action next weekend when they travel to SUNY Canton for games on February 12 and 13.