Wayne State Warriors continue winning streak

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The Wayne State Club Hockey team extended a season-long win streak to five after a weekend of wins against Kettering University and No. 3 UM-Flint.

In Game 1, the Warriors were able to wear down a short-manned Kettering team and came out on top 7-1.  Bill Coole got the game’s first two goals, both on power plays, and both coming on helpers from Joe Colletti and Mike  Blazoff.  Colletti would then deposit one in the bank off a wicked wrister from the right circle off a pass from Julian Horman at the 5:03 mark of the second period.  David Champine would continue with his scoring touch, finding the back of the net from Jon Pare at the 3:58 mark.  Colletti would score again with 0.01 left on the clock from Josh Brant and Goaltender Trevor Sattelmeier.

In the third, Colletti would finish off his hat-trick from Evan Swieczkowski and Blazoff, and Bobby Toth would score the clinching goal at the 3:11 mark off helpers from Champine and Cameron Scott.  Sattlemeier stopped 22 of 23 shots for his team-leading 6th win of the season.  He also has two shutouts to his credit.

In Game 2, the Warriors traveled to Perani Arena to take on the nation’s #3 team, UM-Flint.  Coming into the game, Flint’s record was 22-3 and were hosting their senior night.

The Warriors came out quick, scoring at the 19:39 mark of the first period.  Mike Blazoff deflected a Julian Horman shot past the Flint goaltender to put the Warriors on top 1-0.  It would stay that way until Jon Pare found twine off a wicked wrister from the high slot to beat the Flint goaltender on the power-play.  The play was unassisted.

Flint would cut the lead in half at the 4:41 mark when a deflection found its way past goaltender Brennan Knoblock.  The second period would end with Wayne State up 2-1.

In the third, the Warriors would pull away.  Joe Colletti continued with his goal scoring touch at the 8:36 mark off a nice feed from Bill Coole to again give the Warriors a two goal edge.  Flint would make a push and again, a deflected puck from the slot found its way into the back of the net at the 5:57 mark.  But the Warriors would not be deterred as Bill Coole gave the Warriors another two goal advantage after a nice rush and feed from Mike Blazoff.  With an empty net, Adam LaFrance sealed the game after beating two Flint players out for the puck in the neutral zone, winning the battle, and finding twine.

“This weekend we played exceptionally well,” said coach Frank DiCristofaro.  “We came out and took care of business at home and then went on the road and took a game from a tough Flint team.”  “I think our special teams were outstanding this weekend, and credit should be given to our team defense for limiting Flint to just two goals.”

The Warriors next take on Detroit-Mercy in the “Battle for Detroit” this weekend.  Friday’s puck drop is at 8pm, Saturday’s is at 2pm.  Both will be at City Arena.