PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Jasmine Mucci made 30 saves to help the Johnson & Wales University women's ice hockey team to victory on Saturday. The Wildcats picked up a 2-1 NEHC win over Suffolk University.
Suffolk: 2-4-2, 2-2-1 NEHC
Johnson & Wales: 4-2-1, 3-1 NEHC
SUF: Julia McLellan (L, 0-4-1) 18 Saves
JWU: Jasmine Mucci (W, 4-2-1) 30 Saves
Cassidy Simanski (JWU): 1 goal (GW)
Koryn Russell (JWU): 1 goal
Haley Poloskey (SUF): 1 goal
JWU got the opening goal at the 12:48 mark of the first period. Cassie Wakefield centered the puck to Koryn Russell and she scored her team-leading seventh goal on the backhand. Russell is second in the NEHC for goals.
The Rams got the equalizer in the final minute of the first period on the power play. Haley Poloskey put back the rebound of Madison Duff's shot to make it 1-1.
Johnson & Wales added their own power play goal five minutes into the second period. Drea Westgaard flipped the puck the length of the ice where Hannah Tracy corralled it and put a shot on goal. Suffolk goalie Julia McLellan made the initial stop, but Cassidy Simanski was there to shovel home the rebound.
Suffolk made a push in the final minutes of the third period, but couldn't convert on a 5-on-3 power play. The Rams outshot the Wildcats 31-20.
The Wildcats are at home Tuesday for a 6:55 p.m. contest against Nichols.