PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The men’s ice hockey team suffered a 2-1 setback against Buffalo State in a non-conference contest on Friday night at Lynch Arena/Blackstone Valley Sports Center.
Junior captain Cody Sarmiento (Sarasota, Fla.) put Johnson & Wales on the board first when he connected on a power play goal, putting in a pass from sophomore Ben Brouillard (Somerset, Mass.) after junior Aaron Arm (Plantation, Fla.) started off the play with a pass from behind the net with just 3:01 left in the period. JWU took the 1-0 lead heading into the locker room after the first period with the two teams knotted 11-11 in shots on goal for the stanza.
Buffalo State tied the game at the 10:34 mark of the second period when junior Ryan Salkeld (Virginia Beach, Va.) tipped in a shot from the point from sophomore Charles Lapierre (St. Marc de Figuery, Quebec) after junior Todd Graham (Park Orchards, Australia) fed a cross-ice pass from in front of the visitor’s bench. The game headed into the second intermission in the 1-1 deadlock with the shots even at 20 apiece.
Johnson & Wales was able kill off a 5-3 opportunity for Buffalo State early in the third period. The visiting Bengals were able to break the tie with 10:21 left in regulation on a goal by freshman Zach Nieminen (Ajax Ontario) with assists to junior Ryan Salkeld (Virginia Beach, Va.) and freshman Jason Zaleski (Scranton, Pa.) on the play. The Wildcats pulled the goalie with just under a minute left in the contest, but they couldn’t capitalize as Buffalo State held on for the 2-1 victory.
Sophomore Joey Ballmer (Kalamazoo, Mich.) tallied 27 stops in the setback for JWU while freshman Ian Sylves (Sloan, N.Y.) had 28 saves in the win for the Bengals.
With the loss Johnson & Wales falls to 8-6-1 on the season while Buffalo improves to 6-8-2 for the year. The Wildcats are back in action on Saturday, January 17th when they host Fredonia at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center at 7:05 p.m.