HENNIKER, N.H. – The Johnson & Wales University women's ice hockey team peppered New England College goalie Cianna Wier, but it wasn't enough to secure the win. The Wildcats scored in the final minute of regulation to tie the Pilgrims, 3-3.
Johnson & Wales: 5-5-1, 4-2-1 NEHC
New England College: 0-10-1, 0-8-1
JWU: Claire Parry (T, 1-1-1) 30 saves
NEC: Cianna Weir (T, 0-10-1) 55 saves
The first period saw several power-play opportunities, but neither team was able to capitalize. After the Pilgrims got the scoring started midway through the opening frame, but with less than two seconds left in the period, Drea Westgaard netted a slap shot to tie up the game, 1-1.
Following a scoreless second period, NEC got a goal just 19 seconds into the third period. Once again the Wildcats responded with a goal just five minutes later from Koryn Russell, her team-leading ninth goal. The rookie from Plainfield, Ill. is the second-leading goal scorer in the NEHC.
Madison Nipper scored her second goal of the game to put New England College up 3-2 with just five minutes to play. JWU was finally able to take advantage of the power play as Samantha Kawejsza scored with 59 seconds left on the clock to force overtime.
Johnson & Wales nearly doubled up the Pilgrims in shots, Weir came up with 55 saves.
The Wildcats will take some time off for the holiday break and return to play in the New Year on January 10 at 3:55 pm against Salve Regina.