By Tom Balog/Wayne State Beat Writer
The Wayne State Warriors (9-2-1, 2-0-0 CHA) started their conference season in fine fashion by downing the Syracuse Orange, 5-3, at the City Sports Center on Friday night.
Melissa Boal scored twice and freshman Alyssa Baldin also scored a pair including a shorthanded marker.
"All the credit for the shorthanded goal goes to Mel Boal," said Baldin. "I came on and she put the puck right on my tape. All I had to do was just finish it. "
Sam Poyton popped in the the game-winning goal and Lindsay DiPietro also helped out with a pair of assists.
The Warriors looked to be in command with a 5-1 lead after two periods, but the Orange cut the gap and made it close in the third.
Kylie Klassen, Stefanie Marty and Keeta Koalska scored for the Orange.
Lucy Schoedel started in net for Syracuse and stopped 16 shots over the first 40 minutes. Steph Jones mopped up in the final 20 minutes and stopped all five shots she faced.
Delayne Brian finished the evening with 26 saves as the Green and Gold won their fifth straight game.
The Warriors made it six in a row and a sweep on Saturday afternoon with a 5-2 rout of the Orange.
Freshman defenseman Jill Szandzik (pictured) scored the game-winner and her first career goal with a power-play blast from just inside the blueline at 6:25 of the second period.
“It’s a great feeling being here and scoring my first score,” said Szandzik. “It’s awesome. We needed to come out with two CHA wins and we did that. We’re working hard in practice and it’s finally clicking”
Chelsea Burnett, Boal, Poyton and Baldin also scored for WSU, who has now won eight of their last nine games.
Janelle Malcolm and Kelly Dimmen lit the lamp for Syracuse.
Brian was barely tested, but stopped 10 shots for her seventh win of the season. Wayne State peppered Schoedel all game long and she finished the day with 35 saves.
“Overall it was a great weekend,” said Warriors head coach Jim Fetter. “We have some things that we still need to work on. Now we’re going on the road and I sometimes think that’s better. The girls bond a little more on the road and it’ll be a good test for us.”
Wayne State will head to Connecticut next weekend, Nov. 28-29, for the Nutmeg Classic. The Warriors will face UConn on Friday and either Quinnipiac or Yale on Saturday.
- Wayne State senior forward Melissa Boal was named the CHA’s Offensive Player of the Week after registering five points over the weekend vs. Syracuse. Boal scored two goals, one on the power-play, and picked up an assist in Friday’s 5-3 win over the Orange. Saturday, she added a goal and assist in a 5-2 victory.
- Boal ranks fifth in the country with 22 points (10-12--22) in 12 games. Teammate Sam Poyton is tied for sixth with 13 goals and 8 assists for 21 points.
- Freshman forward Alyssa Baldin scored three markers in the Warriors sweep of the Orange. Baldin scored twice in the opener including her first career shorthanded marker. She also scored the final goal in Wayne’s three-goal win in the finale.
Photo courtesy of WSU Athletics