St. Cloud, Minn. - In their 2010-11 season debut, the St. Cloud State University Huskies skated to a 1-1 overtime tie against the University of Manitoba on Saturday, Sept. 25, in the National Hockey Center. Manitoba was victorious in the exhibition shootout, 1-0.
St. Cloud State's sophomore forward Ellie Sitek (Edina) scored the lone goal of the game for the Huskies. Although the goal doesn't count towards Sitek's career points, it was her first goal as a Husky.
"It was fun to get the goal tonight," said Sitek. "Although it doesn't count, it was a good feeling to get my first career goal out of the way."
Sitek scored early in the second frame at 3:45 to give St. Cloud State the initial 1-0 lead. Roseau natives Kylie Lane and Amanda Monkman tallied the helpers in the scoring play.
The Bison knotted the game at 1-1 in the third period. Manitoba's Becca King sent a wrister past SCSU's sophomore goalie Anna Donlan at 4:28 to chart the goal and even the score.
St. Cloud State stayed aggressive in the contest, out-shooting the Bison 38-15, but the Huskies just couldn't find the back of the net.
"Tonight was a good test for us," said SCSU's junior defender Jaclyn Daggit (St. Paul Park). "We played solid as a team and now just need to capitalize on our scoring chances and put the puck in the back of the net."
Defensively, all three St. Cloud State goalies saw playing time. Senior alternate captain Ashley Nixon (Blaine) started the game, backstopping the Huskies with four saves. Junior netminder Tayler VanDenakker (Winnipeg, Manitoba) also had a strong showing, stopping all four of the Bison's shots in the second period. Including her ice time in overtime, Donlan charted six saves in 25:00 minutes, giving up just one score.
Both teams were held 0-of-2 on the power play.
St. Cloud State will officially begin its season of competition next weekend, as fifth-year head coach Jeff Giesen's squad will board a plain and head to Mercyhurst College for a two-game tilt on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-2.