Mankato, Minn. --- The Minnesota State women's hockey wrapped up its home Western Collegiate Hockey Assocation schedule with disappointing 2-0 loss to St. Cloud State Saturday afternoon at All Seasons Arena.
Senior Lauren Smith's goal-scoring streak was snapped at a record-tying five consecutive games in the loss.
Both teams came out with strong defensive play until St. Cloud State's Audrey Hanmer chipped a puck from behind the blue line that took a funky bounce and slipped through junior Danielle Butters' five-hole at 16:50 of the first period to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead.
The second period was a defensive showdown as neither team was able to find twine and Butters stopped all 17 shots sent her way in the frame including three to deny the Huskies on two power-play opportunities.
SCSU opened the third period on the power-play and Hanmer capitalized by picking up up her second goal of the day - unassisted - on a shot in front of the crease to make it a 2-0 advantage. MSU killed off an extended power-play late in the period as a five-minute major was assigned to Smith for checking from behind at 14:27, but the Mavericks were unable to solve SCSU goaltender Julie Friend on the afternoon.
The Huskies finished the day one-for-five on the power play, while the Mavericks did not have a power-play in the game. Butters finished with a game-high 40 saves and Friend stopped all 20 shots she faced in the win. SCSU outshot MSU 42-20 on the afternoon.
Minnesota State drops to 10-18-4 overall and 6-16-4 in WCHA play and will wrap-up regular-season play on the road at Ohio State next weekend.