Thomas pots first career goal in NEHC setback
PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Freshman Taylor Thomas (Savage, Minn.) scored her first career goal, but the Johnson & Wales women's ice hockey team came back with three unanswered goals to earn a 3-1 win over Plymouth State University in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) game on Wednesday night.
Thomas gave PSU the lead with one minute remaining in the opening period. The Wildcats pulled even midway through the second before taking the lead with 1:17 left in the frame, then added an insurance goal early in the third to earn the win.
Plymouth State falls to 6-14-2 and 4-8-2 in the NEHC, while Johnson & Wales improves to 10-9-4 and 7-4-3 in conference play.
Plymouth State 1, Johnson & Wales 3
Plymouth State (6-14-2, 4-8-2 NEHC)
Johnson & Wales (10-9-4, 7-4-3 NEHC)
How it Happened:
- Thomas lit the lamp for her first career goal with exactly one minute left on the clock in the first period.
- JWU got a pair of second period goals to take the lead. Freshman Skylar Robert (Newport, Vt.) pulled the Wildcats even with a shot from the top of the face-off circle at 8:19 and junior Drea Westgaard (Elk River, Minn.) gave the hosts the lead when she banged home a rebound at 18:43.
- Senior Samantha Kawejsza (Warners, N.Y.) made it a two-goal game at 2:48 in the third.
- Plymouth State couldn't capitalize on four power play chances in the final stanza as the Wildcats held on for the win.
Inside the Numbers:
- Senior Sydney Linnick (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and junior Marykate Thompson (Glastonbury, Conn.) picked up the assists on Thomas' goal. Linnick's helper was her team-leading 12th of the year.
- Freshman Becca Bridge (Gadsby, Alberta) stopped 21 shots in the loss, while sophomore Jasmine Mucci (Arlington, Mass.) made 40 saves for the Wildcats.
- PSU held a 41-24 advantage in shots.
- The Panthers went 0-for-6 on the power play, while JWU was held scoreless in three power play opportunities.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"We played very well and dominated the game," said head coach Mykul Haun. "We couldn't have asked Becca [Bridge] to do more than she did today. I felt our third period was one of our best this season. It was great to see Taylor [Thomas] score her first collegiate goal with her family in town. We are looking forward to a great Senior Night on Friday."
- Plymouth State hosts Salem State for its Senior Night game on Friday (Feb. 14). Puck-drop is set for 6:00 p.m.
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