PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The Wesleyan women's ice hockey team skated to a dominant 9-0 win over Johnson and Wales on Saturday evening in Rhode Island. Nine different players scored to lead the Cardinals past the Wildcats in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
Wesleyan opens the season in the win column with a 1-0 overall record, while Johnson and Wales falls to 0-8-0 on the season.
The Cardinals wasted little time chipping away at a JWU squad depleted by illness and injury. Wesleyan got off to a hot start with 4 goals in the first period, all scored by freshmen. Sarah Goss '19 found the back of the net with her first career tally less than three minutes into the season. Goss collected a loose puck just inside the blue line and sent a hard, low shot on goal that trickled through the pads of Wildcat goaltender Kami Weiner to give Wesleyan the 1-0 advantage.
Fellow classmate Jackie Kilar '19 was next to light the lamp for the second goal of the night to push the lead to 2-0. Kilar collected a puck in the right corner, skated to the top of the slot and released a quick shot that beat Weiner over her right shoulder. Grace Keogh '19 and Gina Mangiafridda '19 each buried successive rebound opportunities to push the lead to 4-0 as the first period came to a close.
The second period was scoreless with Wesleyan continuing to dominate the play and pepper Weiner with shots. Weiner stood tall in net for the Wildcats, posting 19 saves to keep Wesleyan at bay in the second frame.
The Cardinals broke through again in the third, overwhelming a shortened JWU bench with a five-goal burst in the third stanza.
Abby Rutt '17 reopened the scoring 8:45 into the third period when she rushed the puck up the right side and cut into the middle, beating a defender before snapping a quick shot that clanged in off the crossbar for a 5-0 advantage. Alex Horton '18 provided the first of the Cardinals' three powerplay goals. Horton dished to Mead up top, who delivered a low one-timer on net that Weiner turned aside. The puck careened off Weiner's pads and settled in the slot where Horton pounced on the rebound and slipped the puck five-hole for her second career tally.
Two more powerplay goals ballooned the lead to 8-0 as Cici Frattasio '18 buried a Horton rebound just above the goal line and Maddie Nash '18 unleashed a snipe from the top left circle. Jess Brennan '17 crashed on a Kilar rebound to round out the scoring at 19:03. In less than a three minute span all of the team's sophomores had contributed a power play goal.
Laura Corcoran '16 earned the shutout win with seven saves in the game. Kami Weiner played valiantly for Johnson and Wales, logging a season-high 79 saves as the Cardinals held an 88-7 advantage in shots and went 3-for-6 on their powerplay opportunities.
Wesleyan returns to action in its home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 24th when Sacred Heart visits the friendly confines of Spurrier-Snyder Rink for a 7 p.m. showdown. Johnson and Wales will regroup after the Thanksgiving break to face Nichols on Nov. 28th at 3:40pm.