The Wayne State Warriors earned their most decisive and explosive series sweep of the season in defeating Robert Morris twice. They beat the Colonials 7-0 on both Friday and Saturday at the City Sports Arena.
Six players recorded multiple points in Friday's game - Sam Poyton recorded a hat trick, and Valery Turcotte earned her second straight shutout, stopping all 16 of the Colonials' shots.
Laura Monk got the scoring started at 8:09 of the first, thanks to a set-up by Poyton. Poyton scored the first of her three goals about three minutes later on a Warrior power play. Lindsey DiPietro (pictured) and Peyton Patterson earned assists on the play. DiPietro got a goal of her own 63 seconds later courtesy of a Melissa Boal (pictured below) pass, and Poyton closed out the period's scoring with her second power-play goal. DiPietro fed the puck to Boal, who sent Poyton a cross-ice pass.
The second period started no better for Robert Morris. Poyton netted her third goal of the game less than two minutes into the period as a result of a 2-on-1 between her and Monk. Amanda Hungle also earned an assist on the play.
Boal lit the lamp at 5:41 of the second by stuffing in a Patterson rebound. Danielle Wilson also earned an assist on the play, and then scored again on a power play to give the Warriors their decisive 7-0 lead. Wilson and DiPietro assisted on Boal's second goal, resulting in four-point games for Boal, Poyton, and DiPietro.
Unbelievably, Boal's best game of the weekend was Saturday's, when she scored a school-record four goals en route to Wayne's second straight 7-0 victory and Tiffany Thompson's first career shutout.
Boal's first goal, assisted by DiPietro and Tina Vanderhoeven, came just 53 seconds into the game. And six minutes later, DiPietro set up Boal again as she took a pass from Kristy Leng and set Boal up for a quick shot past the Robert Morris netminder.
Late in the first period, Monk picked up a Poyton rebound and fed it to captain Jessica Snelgrove, who lit the lamp for her second goal of the season. And, just when the Colonials thought they could catch their breath at the end of the period, Poyton fired a top-shelf goal at 19:34 to give the Warriors a 4-0 lead going into the second period. Wilson and Hungle were credited with assists on Poyton's goal.
Boal netted two more goals in the second period, both coming on the power play. First, she redirected a Patterson shot at 4:53, then late in the period Vanderhoeven took a pass from Sarah Campbell and set up Boal for the Warriors' last goal of the game.
In between Boal's goals, Campbell snuck in a power play goal of her own. She capitalized on a 5-on-3 advantage with some help from DiPietro and Poyton.
Thompson finished with 17 saves.
The Warriors will close out the regular season on the road at Niagara next weekend and then will host the CHA Tournament the following weekend at the Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum.