MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Waldorf College hockey team coasted to a 6-2 victory over Ferris State University on Sunday as the Warriors closed out the weekend winning two of three games.
"Three games in three days is not easy and the weekend did not start off well for us, but to the credit of our players we quickly righted the ship and finished the weekend very strong," Waldorf coach Brett Shelanski said. "The effort the guys gave the last two games was very impressive."
Coming off a 4-2 loss to Michigan Tech University (1-2, 1-1) during Friday's Northern Collegiate Hockey League (NCHL) opener, the Warriors flipped the script with a 4-2 victory on Saturday to even the series with the Huskies.
Daniel Pletta led Waldorf (5-2, 1-1) with two goals in Sunday's win over the Bulldogs (0-3).
Ferris State's Alex Johnson gave his team its only lead of the game, scoring 10 minutes into the opening period.
Waldorf scored four unanswered goals before the Bulldogs were able to find the goal one last time. Three of those goals came in the second period.
Pletta added the game-winning goal off an assist from freshman Travis Park in the eighth minute of the second period.
Jake Taylor scored during the 14th minute of the second period as the junior defenseman from Atlanta, Ind. was assisted by Pletta and Kaake.
Pletta, a senior forward from West Concord, Minn., notched his second goal of the game 47 seconds into the final period following assists from Sanderson and sophomore Artem Savelyev.
Ferris State's final goal came from Alexander Teraikian in the second minute of the third period.
The win over the Bulldogs was a strong team performance for Waldorf as the Warriors wrapped up the weekend on a positive note.
"Things really came together for us as far as accomplishing our game plan and playing the way we need to in order to have success," Shelanski said. "It was nice to see the result reflect our effort level and come out with an important win."
Waldorf hosts the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (2-0, 0-0) in a two-game conference series next weekend at Albert Lea, Minn. Game times are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Warriors also entertain HC Harbin, a Chinese semi professional team, on Sunday at 6 p.m.