by Tom Balog / Wayne State Beat Writer
The Wayne State Warriors winless streak reached a season-high nine games after getting beaten in two straight games in the regular season finale at CHA rival Niagara.
Despite being outshot 31-18 in regulation, the Warriors (8-20-2, 1-13-2 CHA) forced overtime in Friday’s opener at the Dwyer Arena.
The Purple Eagles scored on the only shot they took in OT when Kathleen Bortuzzo scored on the power play at 1:34.
Delayne Brian (pictured) finished the game with 31 saves.
Jenni Bauer stopped 18 for NU for her fourth shutout of the season and career.
Lauren Coxon and Alyssa Baldin both scored on Saturday as the Warriors dropped a 4-2 decision.
Coxon’s first period goal held up as the only score until the midway point of the third period when NU ripped off three straight unanswered goals by Jenna Hendrikx, Natasha Fryer and Jessica Hitchcock.
Baldin’s team-high 12th goal of the season pulled the Warriors back to within a goal with 2:01 left to play.
Hitchcock buried her second of the game at 19:42 to seal the game for Niagara.
Brian ended up with 27 saves giving her 947 for the season, surpassing Anna VanderMarliere (935; 2000-01) as Wayne State’s new single-season leader.
Bauer turned aside another 32 for NU.
Wayne State will be off next weekend before heading back east to the College Hockey America Tournament, which will face-off Thursday, March 3 in Syracuse, N.Y.
Photo courtesy of Mark Hicks / West Side Photography & WSU Athletics.