The Wayne State Warriors (6-3-1, 1-0-1 CHA) began the College Hockey America conference season over the weekend by grabbing three out of a possible four points from the Robert Morris Colonials (2-6-1, 0-3-1 CHA) in suburban Pittsburgh.
The Green and Gold took the first ever meeting between the two schools by clipping the Colonials, 3-2, in the opener at the Island Sports Center.
The win was a memorable one as it marked the 400th victory in the storied career of Warriors head coach Bill Wilkinson. Wilkinson is just the 23rd coach in the history of college hockey to reach the lofty plateau.
John May (4-3--7) and Stavros Paskaris (5-5--10) led the Warriors with a goal and an assist each. Freshman Adam Krug (2-2--4) scored his first career game-winner at 5:54 of the third period.
Matt Kelly got the start in net and continued his strong start to the season, stopping 26 of 28 shots to move his personal record to 4-1-0. The only goals Kelly surrendered were on the power-play in the first period and then when the Colonials had an extra-attacker on with 5 seconds left in the contest.
WSU out shot RMU 39-28 and finished 1-2 on the power-play. RMU went 1-5 with the man-advantage.
The Warriors and Colonials regrouped in Saturday’s finale and battled to a 1-1 tie.
Logan Bittle notched the lone goal for the home team at 15:54 of the second period.
Warriors freshman Tylor Michel (3- 7--10) tied things up with a power-play goal at 1:15 of the third period.
Will Hooper was between the pipes for the Warriors and turned aside 20-21 shots.
Christian Boucher stopped a healthy 40 of 41 shots for the Colonials.
The tie was significant as it marked the Colonials first point ever in conference play.
WSU finished the night with a 1-3 power-play effort while holding RMU to 0-5.
The Warriors will head back into non-conference territory as they battle the CCHA’s Bowling Green Falcons (5-2-1) in an extended home-and-home series this week. The two-game set will begin with a 7:05 face-off at the Compuware Arena in Plymouth on Thursday and conclude on Saturday evening in Ohio.
Thursday's game against Bowling Green will be aired live on Comcast Local in Metro Detroit. It will also be replayed on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
- For the fourth time in five series, the Warriors won the first game of the series but could not claim a victory in the series finale.
- Saturday’s 1-1 tie at Robert Morris was Wayne State's first since a 1-1 draw against the Findlay Oilers on Feb. 22, 2004.
- Wayne State sophomore Jason Bloomingburg (7-1--8) is tied for 12th nationally with 7 goals in 9 games.