The Wayne State Warriors made history on Friday night as it was their first defeat of a ranked team in their program's history.
Thanks in part to a stunning performance in goal by Valery Turcotte (pictured), the Warriors beat the 9th-ranked Princeton Tigers, 4-2. The Warriors lost to the Tigers 1-0 on Saturday for the split, and their record now stands at 6-10-0.
In Friday's contest, the Tigers took a 2-0 lead midway through the second period. Sam Poyton capitalized on Melissa Boal's rebound to put the Warriors on the board. Freshman Chelsea Burnett was also credited with an assist on Poyton's power-play goal.
In the third period, Turcotte stopped 17 shots, giving her teammates the opportunity to surge past Princeton for the lead. Laura Monk's shot at 3:18 of the period was denied, but Amanda Hungle picked up the rebound and snuck it in to tie the game at two. Five minutes later, freshman Christine Jefferson set up fellow frosh Brandi Frakie for the go-ahead goal. The tally was Frakie's fourth of the season. Poyton contributed a breakaway goal on the empty net to seal the Warriors' victory.
Turcotte finished the night with 37 saves.
Saturday's game was an offensively quiet one. Marykate Oakley scored a shorthanded goal to put Princeton up 1-0 midway through the second period for the game's only goal, despite the Warriors' pulling Turcotte in the last minute for an extra attacker.
Turcotte had 24 saves in Saturday's game.
The Warriors face CHA rival Niagara this weekend in Detroit.