The start of the New Year continues to be unkind for the Wayne State Warriors as they tied Bemidji State 3-3 on Friday night and were blitzed by the Beavers 6-2 in Saturday’s finale at the Glas Fieldhouse.
After closing 2005 on a high note with three wins in four games, the Warriors (4-13-3, 1-5-2 CHA) are currently enduring an 0-3-1 start to 2006.
Friday--- It looked as if the Beavers would take an easy win in the series opener, but a big Wayne State comeback and solid effort in net by senior goalie Matt Kelly were just enough to salvage a valuable conference point.
Bemidji State led 3-0 just past the 10-minute mark of the second period on goals by Andrew Martens, Riley Weselowski and Ryan Miller.
The Warriors got one back at 17:02 when winger Derek Bachynski smacked in his second goal of the year.
Senior blueliner Greg Poupard made it a 3-2 game at 10:44 of the third with his first of the year. Then, less than three minutes later, Derek Punches closed out the night's scoring with his third goal of the year.
John May (pictured above) assisted on all three Warrior goals. Kelly was huge in net, recording 42 saves in the tie.
Matt Climie stopped 33 of 36 shots at the other end.
Saturday--- What ever effort the Warriors used to claw their way back into the game on Friday was missing Saturday as they were shelled by foul goals.
Matt Pope, Luke Erickson, Miller and Rob Siranni all scored as the Beavers rolled to a 4-0 lead, just over a minute into the third period.
Senior John May continued his nice weekend as he tallied the Warriors first goal, shorthanded at the 6:06 mark of the third.
BSU responded with a two more goals, the first by captain John-Guy Gervais, and the second by Matt Allen on the power play to put the home team up by five goalswith less than ten minutes to play.
Jon Grabarek scored at 13:01, but that was it for the Warriors as their winless streak against Bemidji was stretched to six games. The Warriors have not beaten the Beavers since a 6-4 win at the Compuware Sports Arena on Nov. 23, 2004.
Kelly started in net again for the Green and Gold, but was replaced after giving up six goals on 20 shots. Will Hooper mopped up for the final nine minutes of play, stopping all six shots he faced.
Layne Sedevie got the call in net for the co-conference-leading Beavers and stopped 23 of 25 shots to move his personal record to 7-3-1.
The Beavers easily won the four-game regular season series by going 3-0-1 and outscoring the Warriors by a 16-7 margin.
Wayne State returns to action this weekend when they host the Robert Morris Colonials in a pair of CHA games back at the Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum on Friday and Saturday night. Last season, the Warriors went 2-1-1 against RMU.