SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WPRI) – The men’s hockey team used five goals from five different players to post a 5-0 shutout victory against Western New England in an ECAC Northeast contest at Smead Rink on Saturday afternoon.
Johnson & Wales wasted little time getting on the board as sophomore Drew Kariofiles (Cincinnati, Ohio) tallied his fourth goal of the year, the game-winner, just 3:37 into the contest. The Wildcats had the one goal advantage after the first period of action after out-shooting WNEU by a 16-10 margin.
Junior captain Cody Sarmiento (Sarasota, Fla.) pushed the Wildcats advantage to 2-0 midway through the second, putting in a pass from sophomore Matt Lanzillotti (Chicago, Fla.) and Aaron Arm (Plantation, Fla.) at the 11:33 mark. JWU took the two goal lead heading into the locker room for the second intermission with a commanding 27-14 advantage in shots, holding the Golden Bears to just four shots in the second period.
The Wildcats exploded offensively in the third period, led by freshman Alan Boozer (Detroit, Mich.) at the 6:41 mark of the stanza. JWU then used a pair of goals by senior Jason Healey (Goshen, N.Y.) and sophomore Connor Bates (Laconia, N.H.) just over a minute apart midway through the stanza to cruise to the 5-0 victory.
Sophomore Joey Ballmer (Kalamazoo, Mich.) made 26 saves for JWU to earn his third shutout of the season while Tim Carr had 28 stops in the loss for Western New England.
With the win Johnson & Wales improve to 10-6-1 on the season and 4-2 in the ECAC Northeast while Western New England drops to 1-12-3 on the year and 1-5 in league play. The Wildcats will be back in action on Thursday, January 29th when they host Salve Regina in an ECAC Northeast contest at Lynch Arena in Pawtucket starting at 7:45 p.m.