The Wayne State Warriors (1-1-0) let one get away on Sunday afternoon as they fell, 5-3, to the Clarkson Golden Knights (1-3-0) in Plymouth.
The Warriors led 3-2 after two periods of play and looked to be in good position to begin the season with a sweep, but three unanswered goals by the Knights spoiled the celebration.
Senior Captain Mac Faulkner scored a pair of goals to help lead the Knights to their first win of the season.
The Knights made a change in net just over 29 minutes into the contest as starting goalie Dustin Traylen was pulled by head coach Greg Roll after a stick swinging incident while on the way to the bench during a delayed penalty call. Freshman David Leggio played the final 31 minutes and stopped 17 of 19 shots to record his first collegiate win.
For the Warriors, sophomore Jason Bloomingburg (4-0—0) notched his fourth goal of the weekend and blueliner Steve Kovalchik (1-1—2) and freshman Tylor Michel (1-2—3) also scored in the losing cause.
Will Hooper (1-1-0, 4.01 GAA, .871 SV%) made his second straight start in net and turned aside 30 of 24 shots.
The Warriors special teams did a fine job for the second straight game, going 2-8 on the power-play while holding the Knights to a 0-9 effort with the extra man. For the young season, the Warriors have earned a 94 % kill rate on opponent power plays (17-18) and have converted on 25% of their chances (4-16).
The Warriors will head out East next weekend to face a hungry Merrimack Warriors (1-2-0) team that has lost each of their last two games by a goal. The Warrior battles will face-off both Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 PM at the J. Thom Lawler Arena in North Andover, Massachusetts. Both games can be heard on the internet at http://www.teamline.cc/teampages.php?teamcode=1845.