PROVIDENCE, RI – In the brief two-year history of the Johnson & Wales University women's ice hockey team, there had never been a tie. That is until Thursday night. Visiting SUNY Canton scored a late third-period goal to force overtime and the two teams played to a 2-2 draw in a game held at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
SUNY Canton: 6-8-1
Johnson & Wales: 7-9-1
Canton: Brooke Susac: 20 saves, 2 goals
JWU: Julia Åberg: 31 saves, 2 goals
With just under three minutes left in the first period, Kathy Ensor (St. Louis, Mo.) got the Wildcats on the board. With JWU on the penalty kill, she stole the puck in JWU's end and put back the rebound of her own missed shot for the first short-handed goal of her career.
Canton got on the board in the third period. Tessa Dobson centered a pass to Lora Ardoin and she fired a slap shot to tie the game at 1-1.
Johnson & Wales responded less than four minutes later with the go-ahead goal. Ensor fed Julia Martinsson (Charlottenberg, Sweden) from behind the net and she buried it into the back of the net. The Kangaroos took advantage of a 3-on-5 situation late in the game as Sydney Jordan scored the equalizer with 1:24 left in regulation.
SUNY Canton had a 33-22 advantage in shots. JWU keeper Julia Åberg (Stockholm, Sweden) made 31 saves while her Canton counterpart Brooke Susac only made 20. The Kangaroos were 1-of-6 on the power play while the Wildcats went 0-4.
The Wildcats are on the road for their next contest, traveling to Plymouth State on Tuesday for a 6 pm faceoff.