Warriors bounced in CHA Tournament opener
The women’s hockey team wrapped-up their 2010-2011 season on Thursday night with a 4-2 loss to Robert Morris University in the College Hockey America Tournament Quarterfinal Round.
Wayne State (8-21-2 overall, 1-13-2 CHA) found themselves down by a 1-0 margin at the midway point of the opening period as Brianna Delaney fed the puck from behind the net to her sister, Cobina, for the finish at 10:50.
Just 1:22 later, the Warriors answered back with a power-play goal by senior forward Adrianna Pfeffer, who finished off a pass from freshman Cari Coen.
The Colonials (6-20-7 overall, 29-5 CHA) regained their lead at the 13:22 mark of the middle stanza, thanks to a marker by Maria Stoa from just outside the crease while on the man-advantage.
Coen snuck the puck past netminder Meeri Raisanen to make it a 2-2 affair just 29 seconds into the third, with assists coming from forwards Veronique Laramee-Paquette and Gina Buquet.
Brandi Pollock though would net the game-winning goal with under eight minutes remaining when her wrist shot bounced off a Wayne State defender and fell just out of the reach of goaltender Delayne Brian.
With 56 seconds remaining, Sara O’ Malley gave Robert Morris a two-goal cushion by scoring on an empty-net,
Brian held a 31-20 advantage in saves over Raisanen.
Two WSU players earn All-Conference honors
At the 2011 College Hockey Tournament Banquet on Thursday, junior defenseman Jill Szandzik was named to the All-CHA Second Team for the second consecutive year, while Coen earned a spot on the All-CHA Rookie Team.
Szandzik played in all 31 games for the Warriors where she finished second on the team with 20 points, including a team-high 17 assists.
Coen was one of four freshmen to suit-up for Wayne State this season, where she tallied two goals and nine assists in 31 games.