The Wayne State Warriors (9-6-1, 3-2-1 CHA) led for only two minutes all weekend, but it didn’t matter on Saturday as they escaped Colorado Springs with a, 3-2, win over the Air Force Academy Falcons (7-5-2, 3-3-0 CHA) and a much needed conference series split.
WSU sophomore right wing Nate Higgins scored with two minutes remaining in the third period for the game winner.
Sophomore Jason Bloomingburg also scored a pair of goals and Will Hooper stopped 30 shots to give the Warriors to help the Warriors improve to 5-3-1 on the road this year. The nine overall victories equals last season's win total.
WSU was out shot by AFA 32-21 and finished 1-3 on the power-play. AFA concluded the evening with a 1-5 effort with the extra man.
Credit Air Force freshman goalie Ian Harper as he stood tall in his first career start and shutdown the Wayne State Warriors, 2-1, at the Cadet Arena on Friday evening.
Harper held the high powered Warriors without a goal until Tylor Michel notched a goal with the extra attacker with just 51 seconds left in the game. Harper finished the night with 29 saves.
Josh Print and Will Zimmerman also scored for the Falcons who have now won a school record fifth straight game over a D-I opponent.
Matt Kelly started in net for the Green and Gold and stopped 40 of 42 shots.
WSU and the AFA conclude the two-game conference bill on Saturday night.
Wayne State returns home next weekend, December 10th and 11th, for a two-game non-conference set against the Union Dutchmen (7-8-1) at the Compuware Ice Arena.