PAWTUCKET, RI – Through two games, the slimmest of margins has separated the SUNY Canton and Johnson & Wales' women's ice hockey teams. The Kangaroos got an overtime goal on Friday to defeat the Wildcats, 2-1.
SUNY Canton: 11-10-1, 5-4 CHC
Johnson & Wales: 8-13-1, 3-6 CHC
Canton: Brooke Susac: 24 saves, 1 goal
JWU: Julia Åberg: 28 saves, 2 goals
Cassie Wakefield (JWU): 1 goal
Noelle Niemiec (Canton): 1 goal
Jessica Pele (Canton): 2 assists
After neither team could get on the board in the first period, JWU took a 1-0 lead at the 13:36 mark of the second frame. Cassie Wakefield (North Vancouver, British Columbia) put back the rebound of Kathy Ensor's (St. Louis, Mo.) shot for her fifth goal of the year.
The Kangaroos took advantage of a Wildcat penalty to even the game with less two minutes left in the second period. Jessica Pele sent a pass across the ice to Tessa Dobson and she scored from just outside the faceoff circle on a one-timer.
Neither team could score during the third period and it appeared the game was going to end in tie. With 1:19 left on the clock, Pele got a pass out front to Noelle Niemiec and she beat JWU goalie Julia Åberg (Stockholm, Sweden) for the game-winner.
The Kangaroos had a 30-25 advantage in shots with Åberg making 28 saves. Her Canton counterpart Brooke Susac made 24 stops. Canton was 1-2 on the power play while the Wildcats were 0-2.
The Wildcats and Kangaroos are back on the ice Saturday for a 5:35 p.m. faceoff.