St. Cloud, Minn. - The St. Cloud State women's hockey team earns their third victory in the WCHA Saturday as they split a home series against Minnesota State University, Mankato 5-2.
After Friday's game the Huskies came out with determination to gain a win in the WCHA before going on a three-week break for the holidays.
SCSU started out just like Friday's game with an early goal in the first period. Senior Haylea Schmid scored the goal with assists from Alex Nelson and Molli Mott. At the end of the first period the Huskies were outshooting the Mavericks eight to six.
The second period was big for the Huskies as they went two-for-four on power-play advantages. SCSU's Alex Nelson extended the lead to 2-0 just three minutes into the second period. Audrey Hanmer and Haylea Schmid charted the assists on the goal. Late in the second period Molli Mott sent the Huskies into the second intermission with a 3-0 lead. Mott's goal went right past MSU's Danielle Butters and into the top right corner of the net. SCSU out shot MSU 16-6 in the second period.
Minnesota State came out in the third period and was able to end the shutout for the Huskies. MSU made it a 3-1 game at the 5:00 mark of the third period on a power-play advantage. That was not all for the Mavericks as they scored again just 12 second later to make it a 3-2 game.
The Huskies did not let the two goals by MSU affect them and kept fighting to get the win. Freshman goalie Katie Fitzgerald saved a shot on goal by MSU and passed it off to Kalli Funk who dished it off to Haylea Schmid for the goal at the 6:09 mark.
The excitement was not over yet in the National Hockey & Event Center as senior Katie Allen fired a shot into an empty net at the 18:32 mark to win 5-2. This was Allen's first collegiate goal of her career to add to her career seven assists.
The Huskies outshot the Mavericks by a margin of 34 to 29 in the game.
Katie Fitzgerald recorded 27 saves in goal for the Huskies and one assist. Fitzgerald moves her record to 4-6-0 in her rookie season.
St. Cloud State (7-12-1, 3-11-0 WCHA) will return to action in 2013 as they welcome Bemidji State University to the National Hockey & Event Center on January 4-5. Both games are slated to drop the puck at 2:07 p.m.