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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Warriors open CHA season with split

By Tom Balog/WSU Beat Writer

The Wayne State Warriors finished their season-high eight-game road trip and started their CHA schedule on a high note by splitting with the Robert Morris Colonials in Pennsylvania over the weekend.

The Warriors (5-5-0, 1-1-0 CHA) ended with a 4-4 record on their epic journey that started all the way back on October 8 with a 3-0 win at St. Cloud State.

The conference opener didn’t go as well for the Warriors though at the Island Sports Center on Friday night, as they fell to Robert Morris, 3-1.

After a quiet opening twenty minutes, the Colonials opened the scoring with a pair of extra strength markers by Kelsey Thomas and Jennifer Kindret in the second period.

Lauren Ragen scored with a power-play goal at 5:16 of the third period to pull the Warriors to within one, but that’s as close as the Green and Gold would get.

Thea Imbrogno added a late empty-netter as RMU won for the first time in nine games.

WSU was outshot 41-22 in the game, but Delayne Brian was solid again in stopping 38 shots.

Kristen DiCiocco turned away 21 on the other end for RMU.

Alyssa Baldin (pictured) racked up her first career hat trick on Saturday as the Warriors rolled to a 4-1 victory.

Julie Hebert started the scoring with a power-play goal for WSU in the first period and Brian made another 21 saves for her fifth win of the year.

Cobina Delaney scored the lone goal for RMU and DiCiocco made 19 saves for the Colonials who have lost nine of their last 10 games.

Wayne State will finally return to their home ice next weekend as they welcome CHA rival Mercyhurst into the City Sports Arena for a pair of games and Skate for the Cure weekend.

Photo by Mark Hicks/Westside Photography

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