Not a lot of people, admittedly including yours truly, gave Wayne State much of a shot over the weekend.
The Warriors (3-10-0, 1-1-0 CHA) were traveling to Ithaca, New York to battle the 12th ranked Cornell Big Red.
Wayne State head coach Bill Wilkinson had his team ready to go once again though and the Warriors pulled off the shocker, splitting with the Big Red on their home ice.
Four power-play goals were the difference in Saturday's opener as the Warriors earned a 5-4 win in front of over 4,200 at the Lynah Rink.
Senior Jason Baclig (pictured) led the Green and Gold with a goal and two assists. Nate Higgins, Derek Bachynski, Dan Iliakis and Mark Nebus also scored as Wayne State won their third road game of the season.
Freshman goalie Brett Bothwell improved his personal record to 3-3-0, stopping 27 shots for the victory.
Cornell outshot WSU 31-23 for the game and finished the evening with a 3-for-11 power play. Wayne State went 4-for-7 with the man advantage.
Wayne State couldn't duplicate the magic on Sunday afternoon as they were blanked by Cornell, 2-0.
Senior netminder Will Hooper stopped 26 shots in the loss.
The Big Red out gunned Wayne 28-21 and converted one power-play attempt on ten opportunities. Wayne State went 0-for-7 with the man-advantage.
The loss was also the fourth time in the last eight games that the Warriors have been shut out.
Wayne State returns home to the Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum this weekend for a pair of CHA contests against the Bemidji State Beavers.
Both games are slated to begin at 7:05 p.m. and there will be free admission to everyone who brings an unwrapped toy for the US Marines Corps Toys for Tots program.
Photo courtesy Mark Hicks / Westside Photography