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Monday, February 26, 2007

Warriors take series from Beavers

WSU Senior Class of 2007
Back row from L-R-Jason Baclig, Dan Iliakis, Taylor Donohoe, Nate Higgins,
Mike Forgie and Mark Cannon
Front Row- Matt Boldt, Will Hooper, Jason Bloomingburg and Mark Nebus
(Not pictured- Adam Drescher)

The old cliche in hockey is that you need to peak at the right time. If that's true, then the Wayne State Warriors are looking good after taking three of four points from the conference leading Bemidji State Beavers.

It was the second straight week that the Warriors went into the Coliseum as the underdog and came out with a win and tie. Last week, the Green and Gold shocked the then-17th ranked Niagara Purple Eagles in a pair of games in Motown.

Since beginning the season with a 1-7 mark in conference play, the Warriors have closed with a 5-3-2 record down the stretch.

Wayne State (10-20-2, 6-10-2 CHA) dominated Friday's opener vs. Bemidji State and came away with a well earned 3-1 victory.

Mike Forgie and Mark Nebus scored first period markers to give the home team a 2-0 lead.

Rob Sirianni cut the lead in half with a Bemidji State one-time goal early in the second period.

Warriors center Stavros Paskaris put the game out of reach, scoring his first of the season with a wrister from the left circle on the power play at 8:54 of the third.

Brett Bothwell made 25 saves in net for WSU.

Matt Climie turned away 16 of 19 for BSU

The Warriors celebrated Senior Night on Saturday and tied the Beavers, 1-1.

Jeff Caister opened the scoring on the power-play at 19:05 of the first period. The Warrior freshman defender stepped in off the blue line and ripped a shot through traffic that beat Climie. Derek Bachynski and Nebus assisted on Caister's second marker of the season.

Brandon Marino tied it up for Bemidji State by picking up a loose puck in a scrum and driving it home at 11:54 of the second period.

The Beavers put up a furious fight for the remainder of the game as they outshot Wayne 12-6 in the third and 5-0 in overtime.

They were unable though to beat Will Hooper for the rest of the game. The senior netminder stopped 27 shots and earned the game's first star in his final home game in a Wayne State sweater.

Climie finished with 17 saves on the other end.

The game also produced a first in the eight-year history of Wayne State hockey. With under a minute left to play in the third period, the Coliseum ice was hit by the Hockeytown tradition of an octopus.

With a three-point weekend, the Warriors moved up into fourth place in the CHA with one week remaining. Wayne State closes out the regular season at Robert Morris next weekend.

Fifth-place Alabama-Huntsville is just a point behind and will host Niagara for two in their final weekend.

Bemidji State and Niagara go into next weekend tied for first place, but the Beavers' season is already done. BSU will finish out the year with two exhibition games against the US Under-18 Team in Ann Arbor next weekend.

Photo by Matt Mackinder

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