By Tom Balog / Wayne State Beat Writer
The Wayne State Warriors suffered their worst loss of the season in Erie, PA on Friday night getting whitewashed by the Mercyhurst Lakers, 8-0.
After a scoreless first period, the Lakers exploded for four goals in both the second and third periods.
Kelly Steadman led the top-ranked Lakers with her first career hat trick and a helper. Jess Jones and Vicki Bendus racked up two goals each and Kylie Rossler added a single.
Delayne Brian finished the evening with 30 saves for WSU, but it wasn’t enough as the Warriors’ winless skid reached seven games.
Hillary Pattenden stopped all 17 shots for Mercyhurst to record her fifth shutout of the season.
The #1 Lakers showed why they’re on top again on Saturday as the bested the Warriors, 4-1.
After another scoreless first period, Wayne State tasted their first lead of the series when senior Katrina Protopapas ripped in her team and career best 12th goal of the season just 23-seconds into the second.
The cushion lasted for about 12 minutes and then the Laker scoring wave began with a shorthanded goal by Jesse Scanzano and power-play goals by Vicki Bendus and Kelley Steadman to give Mercyhurst a 3-1 lead.
Cassea Schols chipped in another extra-man goal with about three minutes left to play to give the home team their 25th win of the year.
WSU (8-16-4, 4-9-1 CHA) allowed a season high 44 shots on goal, but Lindsey Park was tremendous in stopping a career-best 40 shots.
Stephanie Ciampa turned away 12 shots for MC for her first collegiate victory.
Wayne State will close out the regular season on the road with a pair of games against the Robert Morris Colonials at the Island Sports Center next weekend.
The Warriors lead the Colonials by four points for fourth place in the CHA. Other than home team honors being on the line next weekend, the two squads will meet each other again at the play-in game of the CHA Tournament in Detroit on March 4th.