The Wayne State Warriors (11-14-1, 3-3-0 CHA) defeated the Robert Morris Colonials (9-15-2, 1-5-0 CHA) twice this weekend. They won 5-2 on Friday, thanks in large part to a Melissa Boal hat trick, and nailed an overtime 3-2 win on Saturday on the quick stick of Sam Poyton (pictured).
The Warriors thoroughly dominated the Colonials for the first two periods of Friday's game. Special teams proved to be critical for the team as Boal, Brandi Frakie and Danielle Wilson each scored a power-play goal in the first half of the game, and Boal then added a shorthanded goal to give the Warriors an impressive 4-0 lead.
Robert Morris attempted to mount a comeback by scoring two goals in the third period, but the Warriors were out of reach. Boal capitalized on the Colonials' decision to pull their goalie in the game's final minute as she notched an empty-net goal to seal the game at 5-2 and complete her second career hat trick.
The victory was a true team effort: Chelsea Burnett, Tina Vanderhoeven, Laura Monk, Lindsay DiPietro, Poyton, and Boal were all credited with assists.
The Warriors outshot the Colonials 28-21; Valery Turcotte finished with 19 saves.
The Colonials kept Saturday's game close, as they struck first midway through the first period.
Wayne State retaliated in the second period. Boal and Amanda Hungle set up Katrina Protopapas. On a third-period power play, Boal teamed with Frakie to get the puck to Burnett, who got the lead back for the Warriors.
The game looked to be wrapped up for the Warriors until the Colonials pulled their goalie and Kristen Miles scored with less than a minute remaining to send the game to overtime.
Their hope was short lived, however. Poyton only took eight seconds to slam in the winning shot. DiPietro and Christine Jefferson earned assists on the game winner.
Turcotte finished with 18 saves on Saturday, and the Warriors dominated the Colonials in shots, 38-20.
The Warriors are idle next weekend, and then face Niagara on the road February 9-10.