By Tom Balog / Wayne State Beat Writer
The Robert Morris Colonials won their first-ever CHA Tournament game with a 3-1 knockout of the Wayne State Warriors in their quarterfinal match-up at the City Sports Center on Thursday afternoon.
Brianna Delaney, Jennifer Kindret and Dayna Newsom scored first period goals and Daneca Butterfield stopped 14 of 15 shots for the Colonials (11-23-1).
"I thought we came out very prepared and energetic," said RMU head coach Nate Handrahan. "We got out to a quick lead that you need in the playoffs. I thought we weathered some storms in the second period, but still managed to get some chances and in the third period, we were very difficult to play against."
Alyssa Baldin picked up Wayne State’s lone marker, beating Butterfield on the glove side at 8:05 of the first period.
Delayne Brian started in net for Wayne State (9-18-4), but was relieved after giving up three goals on 12 shots. Lindsey Park played the final 42:46 of the game and was perfect in stopping all 13 shots she faced.
Robert Morris will move on to play top-seeded and top-ranked Mercyhurst in a semifinal match-up back in Detroit at 4:00 p.m. on Friday.
Second-seeded Niagara will play third-seed Syracuse in the late game, slated to face off at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday’s championship game will face off at 5:00 p.m.
ICE CHIPS …
- Thursday’s loss the last game for WSU seniors Chelsea Burnett, Katrina Protopapas captain Christine Jefferson and Park.
- Baldin finished the season with a point in seven of the final eight games.
- RMU has won three of their last four games.