By Tom Balog/Wayne State Beat Writer
Robert Morris didn’t make it easy for Wayne State (21-8-2) again as the Warriors needed overtime to defeat the Colonials and move into their third straight CHA title game.
Senior blueliner Natalie Payne (pictured) scored the game-winner at 15:04 of overtime, ending the longest game in school and CHA history.
Melissa Boal also scored a pair of power-play goals for the Green and Gold, giving her 117 in her illustrious four-year career. Boal’s extra-attacker goal with just 35 seconds left in regulation kept the Warriors alive and moved her into a tie for seventh on the NCAA all-time career points list (218).
After being robbed of a goal last Saturday in the home finale versus Mercyhurst, Bailey Lane scored her first colligate goal at 15:26 of the first period.
Janet Babchishin picked up a pair of helpers in the game for her first two points of the season.
Maria Stoa, Kylie Rossler, and Brianna Delaney all scored for RMU, who finished with their best record in school history at 12-20-3.
Freshman Delayne Brian stopped 19 shots in net for WSU and senior Brianne McLaughlin turned aside 27 on the other end for Robert Morris.
The win was also a historic one for Warriors head coach Jim Fetter as it marked his 100th victory behind the bench for WSU. Fetter is now 100-83-18 in his six years in Detroit.
Wayne State will now move on to Saturday’s CHA championship game against archrival Mercyhurst.
The third-ranked Lakers swept the four-game season series from the Warriors, including a pair of wins, 4-3 and 4-2, last weekend in Detroit. Mercyhurst has also come out on top in the last two conference championship games with Wayne State.
Face-off is set for 5:00 p.m. at the Mercyhurst Ice Center in Erie, Pa. The game will be covered live by the B2 Network.