By Susannah Nichols/ WSU Women’s Beat Writer
The Wayne State Warriors (4-2-0) extended their winning streak to four games with a weekend sweep over Cornell in Ithaca.
Saturday’s victory was particularly sweet, as the team rallied from a 4-0 deficit to seize the win in overtime. Melissa Boal and Lindsay DiPietro (pictured, right) were critical factors in the team’s weekend success, contributing seven and eight points, respectively.
DiPietro played a role in each of the Warriors’ goals in Friday’s 4-1 win. Her power-play goal at the end of the first period put the Warriors on the board. Special teams struck again early in the second, when DiPietro and Chelsea Burnett set up Sam Poyton for the eventual game-winner, Poyton’s fourth goal of the season.
Boal added two goals—one another power-play tally—in the third period to seal the win for the Warriors.
Danielle Wilson assisted on Boal’s second goal for her first point of the season and goalie Valery Turcotte made 17 saves.
On Saturday, Cornell scored four unanswered goals before captain Ashley King notched her first goal of the season to mount the Warriors’ comeback. Emily Berzins and Janet Babchishin earned assists on the play.
From there, DiPietro, Boal and Poyton worked their magic for the remainder of the second period. Poyton and Boal each scored a goal (with the other two assisting) to pull the Warriors within a goal. The team had to fight for their tying goal in the third period. Cornell kept the Warriors’ defense busy, and only DiPietro (with a little help from Poyton and Boal) could find the back of the net at 13:14 of the period.
Cornell was called for interference less than two minutes into overtime and Boal capitalized on the opportunity, taking a pass from DiPietro to beat the Cornell netminder.
Turcotte had 30 saves, including a dazzling 17-shot shutout in the third period.
The Warriors’ next opponent is St. Lawrence—the two teams face off Friday and Saturday in Detroit.