MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – Freshman Brittany Aiello (Franklin Park, Ill), Elizabeth Jefferies (Lisbon Falls, Maine), Hannah Elmer (Chicopee, Mass.) and Ann Marie Manganiello (Peabody, Mass.) each tallied their first collegiate goals to help lead the Becker College women's ice hockey team to a 6-3 victory over Johnson and Wales University in Colonial Hockey Conference action on Saturday night at the New England Sports Center. With the win the Hawks improve to 2-11 overall and 2-4 in conference play. The Wildcats remain winless on the season.
Just 4:52 into the contest Aiello tipped the twine off a nice feed from classmate Rachel Pitcher (Grand Isle, Vt.). The Wildcats would score the equalizer less than two minutes later with a power-play score off the stick of freshman Caitlin Sweet (Calgary, Alberta). However, Jefferies would notch the go-ahead goal off a scrum in front of JWU netminder Kami Weiner (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) at the 10:19 mark to give the Ice Hawks a 2-1 lead to end the first stanza.
Johnson and Wales opened the second period firing on all cylinders posting a pair of goals from Molly Gray (Bozeman, Mont) and Victoria Perez (Livonia, Mich) to take a 3-2 lead with thirteen minutes to play. The Hawks would re-group and take a 4-3 lead. Elmer evened the score at 3-3 with a seeing-eye top shelf goal from the left point, and then Claudia Gee (Randolph, VT) would score the eventual game-winner when she tucked in the puck under the left pad of the JWU netminder.
Ann Marie Manganiello would add a pair of insurance goals in the third period for the 6-3 final.
Hawks goaltender Madison Rigsby (O'Fallon, Mo.) posted 23 saves for her second win of the season, while Weiner finished the night with 46 stops.
The Hawks return to action on Tuesday, January 12th when they travel to Franklin Pierce University for a 7:30 p.m. contest. Johnson and Wales travels to Daniel Webster College on Friday, January 15th for a 8:00 p.m. tilt.