St. Cloud, Minn.- No. 2 Minnesota proved to be too much for the Huskies Friday night at the National Hockey Center, winning the first of two games to be played this weekend 8 to 1.
St. Cloud State got the start they were looking for when just 52 seconds into the opening period junior forward Alex Nelson scored to put the Huskies ahead early 1-0. For Nelson it was her second goal in as many games and her sixth of the season. Assists on the score went to sophomores Cari Coen and Julia Gilbert.
The Gophers answered back quickly as they evened things up 1:34 into the first period on a goal from Jen Schoullis. About a minute later Minnesota took the lead for good as Anne Schleper found the back of the net for the game winner. Schoullis finished the game with two goals and Schleper added three assists to give herself four points on the night. Megan Bozek also had a four point night as she contributed four assists. Amanda Kessel had the biggest night of all for the Gophers, tallying a career best six points on two goals and four assists. Noora Raty got the win in net for Minnesota as she stopped 22 of 23 shots faced.
Freshman Julie Friend started for the Huskies and stopped 31 of 39 shots she faced in 55:59 minutes of play. Junior Anna Donlan saw the last 4:01 of the third period in net for SCSU making two saves.
Each team had nine penalties, resulting in 18 penalty minutes for Minnesota and 21 penalty minutes for St. Cloud State. The Gophers took advantage of their power play opportunities going 4-9 with the extra attacker, while the Huskies were 0-6. Final shot count for the game was 41-23 in favor of Minnesota.
The two teams will go at it once again tomorrow at the NHC with the puck scheduled to drop at 2:07 PM.