By Tom Balog / Wayne State Beat Writer
A pair of Sara O'Malley second period goals was all Robert Morris needed on Friday as the Colonials clipped the Wayne State Warriors, 2-1, at the Island Sports Center.
O'Malley scored two goals just over nine minutes apart to boost the Colonials to within two points of the fouth-place Warriors in the CHA standings.
Alyssa Baldin registered a third period, power-play tally to provide the lone goal for the anemic Warrior’s offense and break up Daneca Butterfield’s shutout attempt.
Butterfield finished the night with 23 saves and Delayne Brian turned aside 26 on the other end for Wayne State.
The Warriors (9-17-4, 5-10-1 CHA) used solid goaltending and a rare offensive burst to down the Colonials, 4-1, in the season finale for both squads back in Moon Township, Pa., on Saturday night.
Katrina Protopapas started the scoring for the Green and Gold, notching her career- and team-high 13th goal of the season, just nine seconds into the contest.
After RMU tied up the score, Julie Ingratta scored the eventual game winner at 18:32 of the opening period to seal Wayne State’s first win since beating the Colonials, 3-2, in Detroit on January 16.
Sophomore Brittany Zeches made her first collegiate start and stopped 26 shots for the victory.
Freshman Gina Buquet and senior blueliner Chelsea Burnett also picked up third period goals as WSU scored more than two goals for the first time in 10 games.
Kelsey Thomas scored the lone goal and Butterfield turned away 29 pucks for the Colonials.
Wayne State will continue their rivalry with RMU as the Warriors face-off with the Colonials in the #4 vs. #5 CHA play-in game back at the City Sports Arena in Detroit on Thursday afternoon.
WSU captured the season series from RMU, 3-1, including two wins in Detroit in mid-January.