The bumpy start to the season continued for the Wayne State Warriors (0-4-0) as they were shelled and swept by the Clarkson Golden Knights over the weekend in Potsdam, NY.
Friday’s series opener started well with Mark Nebus scoring his first of the year on the power-play at 4:51 to give the Green and Gold a 1-0 lead.
The Knights scored the next three goals before Derek Bachynski tallied an even strength marker at 6:19 of the second to make it a 3-2 game.
That’s as close as the Warriors would get again as the Knights picked up the next two goals and skated away with an east 5-2 win.
David Cayer led the Knights with a pair of goals and assists and David Leggio made 25 saves.
Will Hooper started in net for the Warriors and surrendered 5 goals on 20 shots.
If Friday night’s win was easy, then Saturday’s victory was a virtual cakewalk for the Knights as they rolled to a 7-1 final at the Cheel Arena.
Last year’s goal scoring leader Jason Bloomingburg (pictured) recorded the Warriors only goal on the power play in the first period, but other than that it was all Clarkson with seven different skaters scoring goals.
Senior center and Kalamazoo native Jeff Genovy had a three-point night, assisting on the Knights last three goals.
Kyle McNulty stopped 25 of 26 in net for the Knights to pick up the win.
Matt Kelly was solid on the other end, but still surrendered 7 goals on 42 shots.
A couple of key facts stand out in the first four games and have led the Warriors to their worst start in the seven years of the program.
The historically strong Warriors have given up 21 goals in four contests. Wayne has also been near stone cold on the power-play, scoring just twice in 33 chances this season.
Wayne State will try to get into the win column as they continue their season-opening six-game road trip and open the conference season with a pair of games at Niagara next weekend.
Last season the Warriors went 1-2-1 against the Purple Eagles.