EAST BOSTON – The Suffolk women's hockey team lifted the lid on its New England Hockey Conference schedule with a 3-0 victory as the Rams kept Johnson & Wales off the scoreboard at Louis E. Porrazzo Memorial Skating Rink Saturday night.
SCORE: Suffolk 3, Johnson & Wales 0
RECORDS: Suffolk (2-2-0, 1-0-0 NEHC) | Johnson & Wales (0-4-0, 0-2-0 NEHC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With time dwindling in the first Julia Volpe got things going for Suffolk. Haley Poloskey found Volpe in front of the Wildcats' net and Volpe put away Poloskey's pass to give the Rams a one-goal edge with 2:13 remaining in the first frame. Stephanie Moy also had a hand in the score.
With one second remaining on Suffolk's penalty kill Shana Cote was set-up by Volpe for a short-handed strike just 1:56 into the second period to push the Rams' edge to two.
Nearly five minutes later, this time seven seconds after Suffolk's power play expired Poloskey picked up the pieces of Sydney Jordan's shot. The freshman from Mattawan, Michigan, lifted the puck over Jasmine Mucci's pads glove slide to extend the hosts advantage to three.
The Wildcats came out of the locker room determined to break onto the scoreboard. Suffolk's defense had other things in mind though and held off JWU including when the visitors used a last-ditch effort by pulling Mucci for the final 1:46. In that time Kristen Caporusso turned aside all three shots she faced to secure the shutout.
- Caporusso picked up 23 saves in the shutout for Suffolk.
- Mucci put together a 38-save effort for the Wildcats.
- Five different Rams registered at least one point with the trio of Moy (2a), Poloskey (1g, 1a) and Volpe (1g, 1a) each producing two points.
- Cote and Jordan rounded out Suffolk point scorers with one assist each.
- Suffolk commanded the shots, 41-23, and the face-off dot, 33-25.
- Suffolk and Johnson & Wales met for the first time.
- The Rams lifted the lid on their NEHC slate.
- Cote is the second Ram to pot a short-handed strike, following in Tess Adams' footsteps from last night at Anna Maria, as the senior became the first player in Suffolk history to score on the penalty kill.
- Volpe put away her first collegiate goal, recording the first point of her college career in the process.
- Volpe finished with a multi-point effort with one goal and one assist.
- Poloskey matched a career-high two points on one goal and one handout.
- Jordan, Moy and Poloskey have dished out assists in back-to-back outings.
- Moy had a personal-best two assists, becoming the first Ram to dish out a pair of helpers in one outing.
- Cote has scored in back-to-back outings.
- Caporusso secured her second straight shutout and victory.
Suffolk will be back in Eastie next Friday, Nov. 9 when it entertains Becker in NEHC action at 5 p.m.