SALEM, Mass. – Needing a win to stay in the race for a first-round home NEHC playoff game, the Johnson & Wales University women's ice hockey team came through at Salem State University on Friday. The Wildcats defeated the Vikings, 4-1.
Salem State: 3-17-1, 2-11-1 NEHC
Johnson & Wales: 8-9-4, 5-4-3 NEHC
SSU: Dana Smullen (L, 0-7) 22 Saves
JWU: Jasmine Mucci (W, 6-5-2) 27 Saves
Drea Westgaard (JWU): 1 Goal (GW)
Hannah Tracy (JWU): 1 Goal, 1 Assist
Koryn Russell (JWU): 1 Goal
After a scoreless first period, Salem State got the opening goal less than two minutes into the second period, but it was all Johnson & Wales from there.
First-year Koryn Russell found the back of the net at the 7:48 mark. Her 12 goals are a JWU rookie record and rank her third in the NEHC.
Five minutes later, Drea Westgaard lit the lamp with the eventual game-winning goal.
The Wildcats return home Saturday to face New England College at 6:55 p.m. Prior to the game, the Wildcats will honor the five seniors on this year's team.