RYE, N.Y. - The Johnson & Wales women's ice hockey team earned a 3-3 tie with Manhattanville on Friday evening at Playland Ice Casino. The Wildcats held a 3-2 lead in the second period before the Valiants netted the equalizer.
Jasmine Mucci (JWU): 43 saves
Taylor Elias (MC): 28 saves
The Wildcats had their first lead of the new season just 1:08 into the year when Cassie Wakefield connected on a pass from Kathryn Mason to push JWU to a 1-0 lead. They held the goal advantage heading into the locker room for the first intermission despite being outshot 21-14 and 11-9 in shots on goal.
The action escalated quickly in the second stanza as the host Valiants netted two goals in the first 4:18. JWU answered the call with two goals in a two minute span from junior Drea Westgaard and first year Koryn Russell. Senior Sam Kawejsza assisted on Westgaard's 16th career goal while also picking up the helper on a power play opportunity for Russell's first career tally.
Sophomore Jasmine Mucci stood tall for JWU in the third period when she turned away 21 of her career high 43 shots before the tables turned in the overtime period and her offense unleashed seven shots in the extra five minutes without being able to connect for the game-winner.
The JWU defense certainly had Mucci's back as they came up with 18 blocked shots to Manhattanville's 10.
The Valiants were 2-for-6 on the power play while JWU was 1-for-5 with the extra skater.
These two teams battle it out once more in Rye, N.Y. as the Wildcats will close out their back-to-back road games with a 3 p.m. start against the Valiants on Saturday afternoon.