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Monday, January 17, 2005

Wayne State splits...again

Wayne State split a series for the eighth time this year as they won and lost at Niagara last weekend.

Friday night, Jason Bloomingburg scored the overtime winner after Nate Higgins had knotted the game at three 8:35 into the third period. Tylor Michel and co-captain Greg Poupard scored the other WSU goals in their 4-3 win.

Captain Barret Ehgoetz, Matt Caruana and Sean Bentivoglio scored for Niagara.

Matt Kelly earned the win with a 26-save performance. Allen Barton stopped 23 shots for NU.

The tide turned Saturday as the Purple Eagles (8-13-0, 3-5-0) came away with a 4-2 win behind two goals from captain Barret Ehgoetz and 23 saves from goalie Scott Mollison. Bentivoglio and Ryan Gale scored NU's other goals.

"We’ve been struggling lately and we’re just trying to keep things simple," said Ehgoetz. "Scott played well in the net, giving us a chance."

Ending a three-game losing streak, including four-straight home losses, Niagara head coach Dave Burkholder didn’t see a drastic change of play in his team from Friday to Saturday.

"I thought overall we played the same both nights. Maybe we paid a little more attention to detail and maybe we showed a little more spirit and energy," Burkholder said. "You can’t state how huge it is to get on the right side of the ledger, and hopefully that’s going to swing momentum our way."

Bloomingburg and John May scored for WSU and Will Hooper made 15 saves.

The Warriors (11-9-2, 4-3-2 CHA) host Robert Morris this Saturday (3:05 p.m.) and Sunday (2:05 p.m.) at the Compuware Sports Arena. Niagara hosts Air Force.

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