PAWTUCKET, RI – A trio of goals within the span of three minutes during the second period stunned the Johnson & Wales University women's ice hockey team and was more than enough for visiting Morrisville State. The Mustangs prevailed 6-0 on Friday over the Wildcats.
The Wildcats fell to 4-20 overall, 4-9 in the Colonial Hockey Conference. Morrisville improved to 8-3-2 in the league, 8-13-3 overall.
The two teams skated to a 0-0 tie for the first 30 minutes of the game until Stephanie Strymecki broke through for a goal at the 10:19 mark. Megan Kirk and Maria deWilde followed with two more goals as MSU went into the second period intermission up 3-0. Kirk added another goal 49 seconds into the third period and the Mustangs tacked on two more insurance goals.
Johnson & Wales had its chances, getting 13 shots on net, but MSU goaltender Renee Schmaltz turned them all away to get the shutout as she improved to 7-11-3. Topping the Wildcats with four shots was Summer Britton (Fairbanks, Alaska). JWU goaltender Kami Weiner (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) stopped 36 shots, but was saddled with the loss as her record fell to 4-20. Weiner has 1,110 saves her for the year, trailing Vanessa Carter of Castleton's single-season record of 1,181.
The Wildcats finish the regular season when they play host to the Mustangs again on Saturday. Puck drops at 4:20 p.m.