The Wayne State Warriors overcame their opening weekend jitters and a nasty flu bug to grab a series split with the Bemidji State Beavers at the City Sports Arena.
The Warriors looked sloppy on Friday night as the Beavers held on for a 3-2 victory.
Seniors Melissa Boal and Tina Vanderhoeven each scored third-period goals.
Delayne Brian made her first collegiate start in net and stopped 22 shots in the loss.
Fellow freshman Lindsay Park also made her first start in Saturday's matinee and steered away 27 shots, including several huge saves in overtime, to help the Warriors to a 2-1 win.
“It wasn't a pretty win,” said Warriors head coach Jim Fetter. “The stat sheet doesn't say that, though, and a win's a win. We just need to keep our feet going and we'll start clicking pretty soon.”
Boal provided all the offense the Warriors needed, scoring the game tying goal on a 2-on-1 shorthanded break in the second period and then punching in the game winner at 2:30 of overtime.
“My goals have not been pretty by any stretch,” said Boal. “It's always good to score, though, when you're teammates may be down and I know they'll be scoring very soon.”
Wayne State's special teams had a mixed weekend. The penalty kill was fantastic holding the Beavers to just a goal in 12 attempts. The Green and Gold power play that was so dominant in the team's co-CHA regular season title run, never got clicking and finished up 1-for-17 in the two-game set.
The Warriors (1-1-0, 0-0-0 CHA) will get a week off and then head to Schenectady, N.Y., to face the Union Dutchwomen on October 17-18.