RYE, N.Y. - After trailing by a goal at the end of two periods, senior Kathryn Mason scored a go-ahead goal to give JWU a 2-1 lead before netting an empty-net, short-handed goal that sealed their first victory of the season. The win is the first career win for head coach Jess Salisbury.
Kathryn Mason (JWU): 2 goals
Cassidy Simanski (JWU): 1 goal, 1 assist
Cassie Wakefield (JWU): 1 goal
Jasmine Mucci (JWU): 19 saves, .905 save %
Lena Flores (MC): 25 saves, .893 save %
The opening period saw the Wildcats unleash 19 shots, nine on goal, and win the faceoff battle 16-5 but the Valiants kept the puck out of the net and the teams went scoreless into the first intermission. The shots evened up in the second stanza and the Valiants were able to push one past Wildcat goalie Jasmine Mucci with just under two minutes remaining in the frame.
Senior Cassie Wakefield connected on her second goal in as many days with a power play goal just 29 seconds into the third period. The flood gates opened from there as both teams combined for five goals in the final stanza. Mason buried her first of the day at the 6:41 mark to give the Wildcats the lead but Manhattanville scored 20 seconds later to even things up at two. Senior defensewoman Cassidy Simanski scored the Wildcats second power play goal just shy of the ten minute mark in the period to give the visitors the lead. Mason sent a shot on cage with the Wildcats on the penalty kill in the closing minutes and secured the victory for JWU, 4-2.
Mucci made ten saves in the final period to help secure win number one on the young season for Johnson & Wales.
The Wildcats open up New England Hockey Conference play next weekend when they welcome UMass Boston, Coach Salisbury's alma mater, to Lynch Arena for a 6:45 p.m. start on Saturday night, November 9.