St. Cloud, Minn. - St. Cloud State women's hockey team went head-to-head against the #1 Minnesota Gophers Friday at the National Hockey & Event Center. The Huskies were shutout in a battle to the Gophers, 2-0.
Going up against undefeated Minnesota the Huskies had nothing to lose. SCSU came out strong matching up well with the Gophers to end the first period with a 0-0 score. Minnesota outshot the Huskies in the first period 12-to-6.
In the second period, it was all Minnesota as they scored at the 2:09 mark with a goal by Rachel Ramsey and assists from Sarah Davis and Bethany Brausen for a 1-0 lead. Later in the second at the 12:09 mark the Gophers took a 2-0 lead on a power-play advantage by Maryanne Menefee. Assists on the goal were charted to Hanna Brandt and Kelly Terry.
In the second period the Huskies kept the shots close with the Gophers outshooting them 14-to-11.
The third period was scoreless with both teams playing tough defense to end the game 2-0 in the Gophers favor.
This is Minnesota's third time being held to two goals in a game during the 2012-13 season. Minnesota outshot the Huskies by a margin of 38-to-24 in the game.
SCSU's Julie Friend was in the net for the Huskies recording 36 saves, holding the Gophers to two goals and chosen as the number one star of the game. Minnesota's Amanda Leveille totaled 24 saves for the shutout win.
St. Cloud State (9-21-3, 5-20-2-1 WCHA) and Minnesota will return to action Saturday afternoon to wrap-up the WCHA regular season with game two of the series. The drop of the puck is set for 2:07 p.m. at the National Hockey & Event Center.
Saturday's game has been designated as Senior Day as the Huskies recognize and honor their eight seniors before the drop of the puck against Minnesota. The 2012-13 senior class includes #2 Katie Allen, #9 Haylea Schmid, #10 Kylie Lane, #11 Lisa Martinson, #15 Alex Nelson, #18 Callie Dahl, #21 Ellie Sitek, and #30 Anna Donlan.