The Wayne State Warriors still could not seize their first win of the season last weekend, enduring a loss and a tie against visiting Clarkson.
In the 2-0 Clarkson win on Friday, the Warriors got behind early, when Christine Bailkowski hammered in a rebound from a Katie Morrison shot. While the Warriors played even with Clarkson for much of the game, they could not convert, and a deflected pass from Clarkson player Andrea Maluta found its way past WSU goalie Val Turcotte. Coach Jim Fetter pulled Turcotte, who finished with 24 saves, with about a minute remaining, but the Warriors could not score.
The Warriors hoped for redemption on Saturday, but the result was a bittersweet 1-1 tie. Lindsey DiPietro scored the game's first goal for Wayne State during a second period power play. Melissa Boal and Peyton Patterson earned assists on the play.
The Warrior defense, anchored by goalie Tiffany Thompson (pictured), held steady until the final three minutes of the game, when Clarkson forward Ashley Shaidle scored unassisted to send the game to overtime. Neither team was able to find the net and the game ended in a tie.
Despite the unsatisfying results, the Warriors' defense had reason to be proud. In addition to Turcotte's solid effort on Friday, Thompson finished with 34 saves on Saturday, and the penalty kill unit was flawless, stifling each of Clarkson's power play opportunities.
Thompson was recognized for her efforts as she was named the CHA Defensive Player of the Week. Additionally, DiPietro earned Offensive Player of the Week honors for her efforts in Saturday's contest.
The Warriors hit the road this weekend and travel to Hamilton, N.Y., to face Colgate University on Friday and Saturday.