Sophomore goaltender Julie Friend earns second shutout of season with 21 saves for Huskies

Sophomore Julie Friend had 21 saves for the Huskies

St. Cloud, Minn. - The St. Cloud State women's hockey team earned their first victory at home as they took on Lindenwood University in a non-conference game Friday. The Huskies shutout the Lions, 2-0. SCSU improves their record to 3-7-1 overall, 2-6-0 in the WCHA.

Scoring came late in the first period as the Huskies' junior forward Julia Gilbert (Hermantown, Minn.) put one away on a pass from freshman Skye Kelly (Brandon, Manitoba) taking a 1-0 lead. This was Gilbert's first goal of the 2012-13 campaign. The Huskies outshot the Lions 19-4 in the first period. Both teams went 0-1 on the power-play in the first.

Lindenwood's goalie Nicole Hensley played a good first period as she recorded 18 saves.

The second period was a defensive period for both teams with the Huskies again outshooting the Lions 14-7. SCSU lost senior Katie Allen (Red Deer, Alberta) at the 5:27 mark of the second period for high sticking but that did not affect the Huskies.

Senior Haylea Schmid scored at the 12:58 mark on a Husky power-play taking the Huskies to a 2-0 lead. Assists were charted to Molli Mott (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Alex Nelson (Andover, Minn.).

The Huskies outshot the Lions by a margin of 46-21 in the game. On the power-play SCSU went 1-4 (17) and the Lions went 0-3 (5) on their power-plays.

Sophomore Julie Friend (Minnetonka, Minn.) was at goal for the Huskies in game one of the series recording 21 saves for the shutout victory. Friend improves her record to 2-3-1. The Lions' Nicole Hensley recorded 44 saves and drops her record 0-7-0 on the season.

The Huskies will return to action with Lindenwood University for game two of the non-conference series Saturday, November 10. The start time is slated for 2:07 p.m.