ST. CLOUD, Minn. - The St. Cloud State University women's hockey team (1-7-1, 0-0-0 WCHA) enjoyed its return to home ice with a 2-2 decision against visiting Robert Morris University on Friday, Oct. 28.
The Huskies capped their 2011-12 home opener by winning the shootout over the Colonials by a 2-0 margin. SCSU and RMU will complete their non-conference series at the National Hockey Center with a 2:07 p.m. game on Saturday, Oct. 29. Tickets for this game can be purchased at the gate and all SCSU students with a valid SCSU ID card are admitted FREE.
St. Cloud State opened the scoring against Robert Morris with an unassisted goal by freshman forward Amanda Arbogast at 5:49 of the first period. This marked the first career goal for the rookie from Virginia, Minn.
Robert Morris tied the game up at 15:59 of the first period with a goal by Taylor Sakundiak as assists were added by Rebecca Vint and Cobina Delaney. In the closing seconds of the first period, RMU charged to a 2-1 lead with a goal by Kelsey Thomas at 19:11. Brianna Delaney added the lone assist on the play.
The Huskies forced the overtime period at 1:23 of the third period with a goal by sophomore forward Molli Mott (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Linemates sophomore Julia Gilbert (Hermantown) and freshman Abby Ness (Roseau) both had assists on the play.
This was Mott's team-leading third goal of the season, while Ness now shares the team lead for assists with three in 2011-12. The play marked Gilbert's second helper of the winter.
In the shootout, the Huskies made quick work of the Colonials. Freshman defender Audrey Hanmer (Wyoming) scored on SCSU's first attempt, which was followed by a miss by RMU. Ness notched the deciding goal on SCSU's second attempt before RMU was stopped by SCSU senior goalie Tayler VanDenakker (Winnipeg, Manitoba) on the second try.
VanDenakker earned the tie with 25 saves and she also added the two big saves in the OT session. Kristen DiCiocco had 24 saves for RMU as the Huskies were outshot 27-26 in the contest.
On the power play, SCSU and RMU were both 0-of-2 on the evening.