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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Saints rookie cools Warriors

Maybe it was the fact that the weather was cold outside. Or maybe it was because the heat was never turned on in the Coliseum all weekend, making it feel even colder inside than out. Or a really good goaltending performance.

Either way, the Wayne State Warrior (1-5-0, 1-1-0 CHA) offense was in hibernation as they were blanked by St. Lawrence Saints, 4-0, in non-conference action at the Coliseum on Saturday night.

After heating up by scoring 8 goals in their win at Huntsville last Saturday night, the Warriors scored just once on 46 shots in the two game set against Sacred Heart and St. Lawrence this weekend.

The Warriors power-play was also ice cold as they went 0-6 against the Saints and concluded the weekend with a frigid 0-10 showing with the man advantage.

The Saints were coming off a tough 5-3 loss at Michigan State the night before, but looked hot against the Warriors.

After the Warriors successfully killed off a power-play, the Saints got on the board first at 14:46 of the first period when Mike McKenzie knocked in a rebound of a shot by defenseman Jared Ross.

Wayne State freshman goaltender Brett Bothwell, making his first home start, held off the Saints attack for approximately the next 30 minutes.

The Saints finally started to find some holes late in the contest as Charlie Giffin scored at 6:02 and Ross scored his fourth of the year on the power-play at 9:24 of the third period to put the Saints up 3-0.

"I struggled with my rebounds tonight," said Bothwell. "I was leaving a lot there so they had a lot to whack at. You can't get down for too long though, just keep working hard. I just want to get some wins for this team."

Alex Curran added a late goal as the Saints captured a 4-0 victory.

Freshman Alex Petizian was perfect in net for the Saints, making 26 saves in his first career start.

Wayne State will now begin a 7-game road trip, starting next weekend with a single game against the Western Michigan Broncos in Kalamazoo.

The trip will be a homecoming for Warriors head coach Bill Wilkinson who coached at Western for 17 seasons.

"We're excited to play CCHA competition," said Wilkinson. "It'll be a fun event too. You know there will be a lot of screaming fans when you go into Lawson. It's a tough environment to play in and I've never experienced it from the other side."

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