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Women’s Hockey Tames Mustangs 2-1

Women’s Hockey Tames Mustangs 2-1
PAWTUCKET, RI – A third period goal by Kathy Ensor broke a 1-1 tie and propelled the Johnson & Wales University women's ice hockey team to victory on Saturday. The Wildcats came through with a 2-1 triumph over Stevenson.

Stevenson: 4-2, 3-1 CHC
Johnson &  Wales: 2-3, 1-3 CHC

SU:  Annie Smyth-Hammond: 11 Saves, 2 Goals
JWU: Julia Åberg: 23 Saves, 1 Goal

Statistical Leaders:
Kathy Ensor (JWU): 1 Goal (GW)
Allie Sabatini (SU): 1 Goal
Summer Britton (JWU): 2 Assists

Of Note:
Johnson & Wales picked up its first Colonial Hockey Conference victory of the season. In addition, JWU defeated Stevenson for the first time. The Mustangs had won the previous three meetings.

After shots by Samantha Kawejsza (Warners, NY) and Summer Britton (Fairbanks, Alaska) were turned away, Cassie Wakefield (North Vancouver, British Columbia) got JWU on the board with her put back at the 15:52 mark. It was the first goal of her career.

Unfortunately, Stevenson wasted no time tying the game. Thirty-three seconds after JWU's goal, Allie Sabitini stole a pass behind the Wildcat net and scored the equalizer on a wrap-around. Neither team could find the back of the net in the second period.

With the game on the verge of overtime, the Wildcats peppered SU goalie Annie Smyth-Hammond until Ensor (St. Louis, Mo.) got one past with just 2:12 left in the game. The Mustangs had a flurry of shots in the final two minutes, but JWU goalie Julia Åberg (Stockholm, Sweden) turned all of them away to get her first collegiate victory. She made 23 saves.

The Wildcats did a great job on the penalty kill, holding the Mustangs to 0-6 on the power play. JWU did not convert its lone power play opportunity.

Up Next:
Johnson & Wales is back on the ice next Friday when it travels to Becker for a 7:20 p.m. faceoff.