By Tom Balog / WSU Beat Writer
Wayne State fans received their best Thanksgiving present in recent years as the Warriors went into St. Lawrence over the weekend and nabbed three of four points from the Saints.
Jordan Inglis’ first collegiate goal was the game winner on Friday night as the Warriors squeaked out a 3-2 victory at the Appleton Arena.
Captain Mike Forgie and Tyler Ruel also scored as WSU (3-7-2, 1-3-0 CHA) recorded their first road win of the season.
Wayne State was outgunned 44-17 in the shot department, but Brett Bothwell turned aside 42 shots and picked up his second straight win between the pipes.
Blueliner Jeff Caister also helped out the winning effort with a career-high 3 assists.
Wayne State was heavily outnumbered in shots again on Saturday, but fought out a tough 2-2 tie.
Down 2-0 midway through the third period, WSU got goals from Matt Krug and Stavros Paskaris less than two minutes apart to tie the score.
Kyle Funkenhauser notched 37 saves in net to preserve the tie.
Since starting the season with an 0-6-1 record, the Warriors have gone 3-1-1 in their last five contests.
The Warriors will return to action this weekend with a home-and-home series against the Bowling Green Falcons. The series will begin on Friday night at the Coliseum in Detroit before heading down I-75 for Saturday's finale at Bowling Green.
-- Jeff Caister picked up four assists during the weekend against SLU. The sophomore defenseman leads the team with 9 assists and 10 points in 12 games.
-- Wayne State head coach Bill Wilkinson was awarded a St. Lawrence jersey with his name on the back prior to Saturday’s game with the Saints. Wilkinson was a two-way player at center and defense and led the 1967-68 Saints squad in scoring (15-21--36). He also was named team MVP and was awarded the Brian P. Doyle Memorial Trophy as team captain in 1969-70.
-- After Friday’s game against the Falcons, the Warriors will head out on a 9-game road trip which includes stops at Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Niagara, Minnesota, and Northern Michigan.