PAWTUCKET, RI – The Johnson & Wales University women's ice hockey team got an early lead in the third period Friday, but couldn't hold on for the victory. The Wildcats were stopped, 2-1, by the University of Southern Maine.
Southern Maine: 7-7-4, 4-4-2, NEHC
Johnson & Wales: 3-12-3, 2-7-1 NEHC
USM: Britney Evangelista (W, 3-3-4) 22 Saves
JWU: Jasmine Mucci (L, 3-9-3) 23 Saves
Samantha Kawejsza (JWU): 1 Goal
Jensen Hamblett (USM): 1 Goal
Katie Nolan (USM): 1 Goal (GW)
The Huskies tied the game at the 11:22 mark when Jensen Hamblett deflected Joanna Scheidegger's shot into the goal. Katie Nolan stole the puck in the JWU end and scored on the breakaway to put USM up with 2:31 left in the game.
Johnson & Wales outshot the Huskies for the first two periods, 18-12, but USM had the 13-5 edge in the third period.
Johnson & Wales goes on the road Saturday to face UMass Boston at 2 p.m.