By Grace Dawson
This past Saturday, the women’s hockey team pulled an early lead against Johnson & Wales Wildcats, which was eventually overpowered to a tie.
Junior Marykate Thompson (Glastonbury, CT), with an assist from senior Maddie Kabasakalian (Kent, CT), led the action in the beginning, scoring the first goal at the 4:19 mark and putting the team at an early advantage.
The Wildcats bounced back quickly, scoring three more times in the first period, but the Panthers gained two more goals: sophomore Siri Brett (Wenatchee, WA) swept up a rebound shot from senior Sydney Linnick (Highland’s Ranch, CO), and senior Alexis Fagan received her 50th career goal with a turnaround shot with 3:27 to go in the middle stanza. Sophomore Zoë Killisch commended her teammates on their scoring opportunities: “I think we got a lot of shoots which automatically increased our scoring opportunities,” she said.
JWU gained another point six minutes into the third period, and another not long after. “I think we got little lazy in our defensive zone, which put us sometimes in very risky situations,” Killisch commented on the Panthers’ defensive strategy.
Fagan pulled the Panthers up by the tail, backhanding a rebound from Amanda McPherson (Livonia, MI), and freshman Georgia McLellan (Kamloops, British Columbia) brought the game into overtime with a shot from the bottom of the left face-off circle. McLellan’s point tied up the game, since neither team was able to break through in overtime. “Overall I think playing as one team 3 periods consistently was definitely something good,” said Killisch of the team’s consistency.
Catch the next battle between the Panthers and Anna Maria College on Friday, January 31st in the Ice Arena at 6 p.m.