PAWTUCKET, RI – So far the New Year has brought out the best in the Johnson & Wales University women's ice hockey team. The Wildcats won their second-straight game since the calendar flipped over to 2017 as they defeated Nichols, 5-0, on Wednesday.
Johnson & Wales: 6-9
NC: Lindsay O'Connell, 31 saves, 5 goals
JWU: Julia Åberg: 14 saves, 0 goals
Johnson & Wales took advantage of the power play to get the first goal of the game. Caitlin Sweet (Calgary, Alberta) put back the rebound of Alexis Harle's (Calgary, Alberta) shot in the front of the net for Sweet's first goal of the season.
Harle set up the second goal of the game when she took a pass from Kathy Ensor (St. Louis, Mo.) and fed the puck to Cassie Wakefield (North Vancouver, British Columbia) in the slot. Wakefield buried it in the back of the net as she scored for the second-straight game.
The Wildcats added an insurance goal five minutes into the third period. Samantha Kawejsza (Warners, NY) stole the puck from a Nichols player and beat NC goalie Lindsay O'Connell with a backhand shot for her first collegiate goal.
Casey Chodkowski (Somerset, Mass.) struck for a pair of goals in the span of two minutes. She shoveled in a rebound during a scrum in front of the net then rifled in a wrist shot from the point for the first two-goal game of her career.
Johnson & Wales kept the pressure on O'Connell all game, outshooting the Bison 36-14. Julia Åberg (Stockholm, Sweden) only had to make 14 saves to pick up her third victory of the year. Jensen Wurm and Mackenzie Lyons had a team-best three shots for NC. JWU converted 1-of-4 power play opportunities while Nichols was 0-of-5
Johnson & Wales continues its home stand when it takes on Post University on Saturday at 6:55 p.m.