PAWTUCKET, RI – Goals late in the first and second periods allowed visiting Sacred Heart to maintain its lead over the Johnson & Wales University women's ice hockey team. The Wildcats lost their season opener, 6-3, to the Pioneers on Friday.
Sacred Heart: 1-2
Johnson & Wales: 0-1
SHU: Devan Kane 12 Saves, 3 Goals 1-1
JWU: Kami Weiner 42, Saves, 5 Goals 0-1
Jayne Lewis (SHU): 2 goals, 2 assists
Taylor Moreland (SHU): 2 goals, 2 assists
Hannah Tracy (JWU, 1 goal, 1 assist
The game was JWU's first under new head coach Natalie Zitek. She served as an assistant coach for the Wildcats the last two seasons.
Sacred Heart opened the scoring when Jayne Lewis put back the rebound of her own shot just 1:45 into the game. Lewis' second goal came just 15 seconds before the second-period intermission, putting the Pioneers up 5-3 after two periods.
Johnson & Wales got on the board when Julia Martinsson (Charlottenburg, Sweden) stole the puck in the neutral and scored on the breakaway at the 8:347 mark of the opening period.
The Pioneers scored just before the end of the first half when Taylor Moreland got the loose puck in front of the goal and shoveled it past JWU goaltender Kami Weiner (Elk Grove Village, Ill.). Moreland struck again in the second period, scoring on a one-timer from Lewis during the power play.
Just 105 seconds into the second period, Hannah Tracy (Hanson, Mass.) stole the puck in the Sacred Heart zone and scored the first goal of her collegiate career.
Sophomore Kathryn Mason (Grafton, Mass.) pulled JWU within 4-3 with 2:50 left in the second period. Her initial shot missed high, but bounced off the boards right to her and she put it in for the goal.
The two teams are back on the ice Saturday at 2:45 p.m.