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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Warriors pick up point against Syracuse

By Tom Balog / Wayne State Beat Writer

For the Wayne State Warriors, a six-game homestand was supposed to jumpstart the New Year and get the Warriors into the thick of the CHA conference race.

After getting just a point though last weekend in a pair of games with Syracuse and finishing the run at City Sports with a 1-4-1 record, getting back on the road doesn’t seem like such a bad thing.

Wayne State (8-15-1, 1-8-1 CHA) battled to a 1-1 tie in a seesaw affair on Friday’s, fifth-annual Doc Andrews Scholarship Night.

After trading 32 shots with no score in the first forty minutes of the game, blueliner Jill Szandzik got the scoring with a 5-on-3 power play blast at 2:04 of the third period.

Syracuse’s Isabel Menard tied it up just over two-and-a-half minutes later and despite 29 total shots between the two squads in the period, Wayne State went to overtime for the first time in 29 games.

Due to some spotty penalties being called, the Warriors enjoyed the man advantage for almost the entire overtime session, outshot the Orange 5-0, but were unable to score the game winner.

"We are definitely not satisfied with the tie," said Szandzik. "We had time and time again to capitalize on the power-play, but just didn’t do it."

Kallie Billadeau finished the night with 33 saves for the Orange.

Delayne Brian stopped 31 for WSU.

Ashley Cockell and Stefanie Marty scored just 39 seconds apart on Saturday and that was enough to power the Orange to a 3-1 win.

Micheline Frappier (pictured) scored for WSU at 16:11 of the third, but the comeback bid failed when Isabel Menard netted an empty netter with 51 seconds remaining.

Brian ended up with 26 saves and Jenesica Drinkwater stopped 25 for SU.

"Obviously these were not the results we wanted," said WSU head coach Jim Fetter. "Overall, I thought we played pretty well and there are some positives here. We’re going to have a take a day off and have a good week of practice. We’re going play a very good team and you want that, to challenge you and make you a better club."

With the one point earned over the weekend, the Warriors are now tied with the Robert Morris Colonials for fourth-place in the CHA with three weeks of hockey remaining in the regular season.

Wayne State will move on to Erie, Pa., next weekend for a pair of games with the fourth-ranked Mercyhurst Lakers.

WSU photo courtesy of Mark Hicks/ Westside Photography and WSU Athletics.

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