St. Cloud, Minn.- Minnesota State (6-11-0, 2-9-0 WCHA) launched itself to a 3-0 lead in a 3:07 span in the first period as it ran past St. Cloud State (1-16-2,0-13-0 WCHA) 6-0 at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn., Friday. The win marks the Mavericks second victory in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action and the second-highest amount of goals its scored this season.
Senior goaltender Alli Altmann made her first shutout of the season and 12th of her career, turning away 28 SCSU shots.
MSU forward Kelsie Scott scored the first goal at the 13:26 mark on a power-play after senior defenseman Jackie Otto ripped a shot over the net from the point that bounced of the glass to the front of the net for Scott to put her first goal of the season away. Sophomore winger Lauren Barnes and Otto earned the assists.
A minute and 52 seconds later, Minnesota State's leading scorer, Lauren Smith, scored on another power-play opportunity on a point blank shot the bounced around in front of the goalie and eventually crossed the goal line. Barnes and Otto tallied their second assists of the game on the Smith goal.
Senior defenseman Ariel Mackley used a 2-on-1 opportunity to beat SCSU's Taylor VanDenakker at the 16:33 mark. MSU sophomore Tracy McCann and Kelsie Scott marked the assists on passes from the breakout.
MSU's kept the puck moving in the second period as it scored two goals, forcing a 5-0 lead on St. Cloud State.
At 8:37 in the second period, MSU sophomore Kari Lundberg tried to move the puck to the slot before being blocked and deflected back to her as she beat the goalie high blocker side for her sixth goal this season. Junior's Lauren Zrust and Erika Magnusson marked the assists.
Smith one-timed her second goal of the game and sixth goal of the season top shelf, glove side on a Emmi Leinonen pass from the corner. Mackley earned her second assist of the game on the goal.
With a 5-0 cushion heading into the third period, MSU wasn't done scoring as sophomore Nicole Germaine put a puck away that sat in the crease after Lauren Zrust rifled a shot off the shoulder of the Husky goaltender to finalize the score at 6-0.
The Mavericks outshot the Huskies 27-26 in the game.
Game two between Minnesota State and SCSU is slated for a 2:07 p.m. puck drop at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.