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Howe’s late goal sends Herons past Wildcats

William Smith sophomore forward Kelly Howe scored just under 10 minutes into the third period as the Herons’ hockey team defeated Johnson & Wales 2-1 in a New England College Hockey Conference contest at The Cooler this evening. With the win, William Smith is now 15-6-1 overall this season, including a 10-4-1 record in conference play.

Six different Herons recorded a point in the win. Junior Erin Murray played all 60 minutes in goal. She made 17 saves.

Zoe Tow scored for the Wildcats (5-13-2, 4-10-1). Leah White played just over 59 minutes in goal and made 29 saves.

KEY STATS

  • William Smith finished the game with a 31-18 advantage in shots on goal.
  • The Wildcats were 1-for-2 on the power play and William Smith was 0-for-4 with the extra skater.
  • Johnson & Wales’ power-play goal in the second period broke a streak of 13 straight games that the Herons had not allowed a power-play tally.

HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER NIGHT

  • Tonight’s game was William Smith’s first Hockey Fights Cancer Night. William Smith players had helmet stickers with the Hockey Fights Cancer logo and used lavender tape on their sticks.
  • Donations collected at tonight’s game and during the week went to support the American Cancer Society.
  • The Hockey Fights Cancer Initiative unites the hockey community in support of cancer patients and their families and aims to continue to create awareness about the need for support for all affected by cancer.

SCORING SUMMARY

  • William Smith opened the scoring 15 seconds into the game. Junior Lauren Legler collected a rebound in the low slot and slipped a shot past White for her seventh goal of the season. First-year Colleen Quirk and senior Mackenzie O’Neil notched assists on the goal.
  • The Wildcats answered in the second period. Tow redirected a Reese Middendorf shot past Murray for her fifth goal of the season. Allyson Barry also had an assist on the power-play tally.
  • Howe scored the game-winning goal in the third period. Standing in the slot, she redirected a Seneca Urban shot past the goalie for her 10th goal of the season. First-year Laine Heiser also had an assist on the goal.

UP NEXT

William Smith will be back in action tomorrow, Feb. 3, when it welcomes UMass Boston to The Cooler. The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Before the start of the game, William Smith will honor the class of 2024.