By Susannah Nichols/ WSU Women's Beat Writer
The Wayne State Warriors completed a convincing sweep of Quinnipac last weekend, winning 6-2 on Friday and 5-2 on Saturday.
Their recent North Dakota transfer student Sammi Bowers (pictured, right) was a critical factor in the team's success, completing her first career hat trick in Saturday's game. The Warriors' record improves to 12-6-2.
Friday's game featured a second-period offensive explosion from the Warriors, as they scored five unanswered goals in just over 10 minutes. Christine Jefferson notched her first goal of the season, Melissa Boal and Sam Poyton scored a goal apiece and Lindsay DiPietro added two tallies. Chelsea Burnett picked up four assists during the second period.
Quinnipac got on the board in the third period, but Poyton added her second goal of the night (and her 23rd of the season) to extend the Warriors' lead.
Senior goalie Valery Turcotte made 12 saves for the win.
Quinnipac drew first blood in Saturday's contest, but Bowers evened the score with some help from Brandi Frakie and Tegan Schroeder. Quinnipac pulled ahead again in the second period, but DiPietro turned a Quinnipac power play into a reversal of fortune, as she took a pass from Jefferson and nailed a shorthanded goal.
Boal put the Warriors ahead for good in the third period, with Poyton and Jefferson earning the assists. Bowers then capped off the scoring by completing her hat trick with an unassisted goal and a setup from Boal and Katrina Protopapas in the final two minutes.
Turcotte made her fifth consecutive start between the pipes and made 15 saves for the win.
The Warriors will look to extend their five-game winning streak when they begin CHA competition this weekend as they play Robert Morris on the road.