Junior defenseman Anne Schleper posts goal and three assists for Minnesota

Anne Schleper had a goal and three assists for Minnesota

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - The #7/8-ranked Minnesota Gophers (4-2-0, 1-2-0 WCHA) blanked the St. Cloud State women's hockey squad (0-6-0, 0-3-0 WCHA) by a score of 5-0 on Friday night (Oct. 22) in the National Hockey Center.

The Minnesota Gophers initially cracked the scoreboard at the 5:36 mark of the first frame on the power play and never looked back, scoring four more unanswered goals to cruise past the Huskies, 5-0.

St. Cloud State's junior netminder Tayler VanDenakker (Winnipeg, Manitoba) made the start between the pipes for head coach Jeff Giesen's squad. VanDenakker stopped 31 of Minnesota's 36 shots on the evening, falling to 0-2-0 on the young 2010-11 season.

Sophomore center Haylea Schmid led SCSU's offensive attack with four shots on net. Minnesota's Raty Noora was perfect in net, stopping all of the Huskies 14 shots.

Minnesota continues to dominate the all-time series with the Huskies, 42-3-2, dating back to Jan. 9, 1999.

"We need to compete harder," said Giesen. "We have great team speed and need to start taking advantage of that."

St. Cloud State will be hosting its 5th annual Alumni Game tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 pm in the National Hockey Center before the Huskies face off against the Gophers at 7:07 pm to complete the weekend series on Homecoming Weekend at SCSU.

The Huskies are also hosting their annual Youth Girls' Hockey U-14 Clinic tomorrow morning, Saturday, Oct. 23, from 9:30 am-11:00 am in the NHC. The clinic is free for all participants.