College Hockey Scoreboard from CHN

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Warriors sweep Robert Morris, Boal sets record

The Wayne State Warriors closed out their regular season with a sweep of CHA rival Robert Morris. The Warriors' two wins--5-3 on Friday, 3-1 on Saturday--lifted the team to second place in the CHA standings and gave the team a final record of 14-17-1, 6-6-0 CHA.

The weekend was also historic for the Warriors, as sophomore Melissa Boal (pictured left) surpassed former Wayne State standout Kelly Zamora in total points. Her four points gave her a career total of 90, surpassing Zamora's old mark of 89.

The Colonials jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in Friday's game. Lindsay DiPietro struck back less than a minute after the Colonials' second goal to get Wayne State on the board, and Sam Poyton added her 18th tally of the season to tie the game.

While the Colonials briefly regained the lead late in the second period, a three-goal third period stifled the Robert Morris squad for good. First, DiPietro and Poyton set up Boal, then Brandi Frakie scored unassisted to give the Warriors the lead, and finally Boal added an insurance goal on the power play.

Christine Jefferson and Tina Vanderhoeven were each credited with an assist; Laura Monk (pictured right), who was recognized in Saturday's Senior Day celebrations, earned two.

The Warriors decimated the Colonials in shots, 34-8. Warriors netminder Valery Turcotte had five saves.

Freshmen were critical in the early stages of Saturday's game: Jefferson blasted a blueline slapshot to score at 11:16 of the first period (DiPietro and Poyton assisting), and Chelsea Burnett added a glove-side goal with some help from DiPietro and Boal.

The Colonials got on the board late in the first period, but Boal extended the Warriors' lead in the second period as she scored off a Poyton pass. DiPietro was also credited with her third assist of the game.

Turcotte made 20 saves as the Warriors outshot the Colonials 39-21.

The Warriors head to tournament play next weekend. As the No. 2 seed, they will face No. 3 Niagara at 1 p.m. on Friday. The winner of that game will face the victor of the Mercyhurst/Robert Morris matchup on Saturday.

No comments: