(With contributions from Johnson and Wales Sports Information)
USM Rallies to Down Johnson and Wales 2-1
PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Junior Katie Nolan (Dorchester, Mass.) scored with 2:31 remaining in regulation time to give the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies a 2-1 victory over the Johnson and Wales University Wildcats in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's action Friday afternoon at Lynch Arena.
The win was the third straight for the Huskies and gave them a sweep of the teams home-and-home regular-season series. The Huskies got back to .500 for the first time since November 30 at 7-7-4 overall and 4-4-2 in NEHC play. The Wildcats dropped their fourth straight game to slide to 3-12-3 overall and 2-7-1 in conference play.
After 40 minutes of scoreless hockey, it was the Wildcats who got on the board first when junior Samantha Kawejsza (Warners, N.Y.) lit the lamp at 3:51 of the third period. Kawejsza one-timed a pass from classmate Katherine Mason (Grafton, Mass.) past USM senior goalie Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.) for her second goal of the season.
USM would equalize just over seven minutes later as senior Jensen Hamblett (Hinesburg, Vt.) redirected a shot from classmate Joanna Scheidegger (Lyss, Switzerland) by JWU rookie netminder Jasmine Mucci (Arlington, Mass.) for her first goal of the season.
Nolan provided the game winner late in the period when she went in alone on Mucci and found the net for her sixth marker of the season. Junior Amanda Piknick (Hyannis, Mass.) earned the lone assist on the play.
Evangelista picked up her third win of the season finishing with 22 saves. Mucci stopped 23 shots in a losing effort. The Wildcats outshot the Huskies 18-12 over the first two periods, but the Huskies had a 13-5 edge in the final 20 minutes to finish with a 25-23 advantage for the game. Neither team was able to take advantage of the power play as the Huskies went 0 for 5 and the Wildcats were 0 for 3 with the extra skater.
Southern Maine returns home on Saturday (4 p.m.) to host the University of New England for a non-conference game. JWU will travel to the University of Massachusetts Boston on Saturday (2 p.m.) for an NEHC game.