St. Cloud, Minn. - The St. Cloud State women's hockey team was at home Friday as they kicked off their final series of 2013 playing host to Minnesota Duluth in Brooks Center. The Huskies run at the end came up short as the Bulldogs prevailed, 2-1.
It was a scoreless game for over half of the first period until the Bulldogs put one past the Huskies goalie at the 12:12 mark for a 1-0 lead. Scoring for UMD was senior Jamie Kenyon. Kenyon came back at the 14:37 mark to again fire a shot off into the back of the net to extend the Bulldogs lead, 2-0.
St. Cloud outshot Duluth in the first period 11-7 and went 0-1 on the power-play while UMD did not get a power-play opportunity.
Defenses on both sides of the ice kept a UMD 2-0 lead over the Huskies in the second period. St. Cloud continued to outshoot the Bulldogs in the second by a total of nine to six.
In the third period the Bulldogs outshot St. Cloud 13-5 but the Huskies were able to try and make a comeback late in the game off a UMD penalty with 1:49 left in the game. With St. Cloud on a power-play they pulled their goalie putting an extra skater on the ice. Senior Molli Mott capitalized scoring with :52 seconds left making it a 2-1 game. Senior Julia Gilbert and sophomore Skye Kelly were credited with the assists on the goal.
With only seconds left in the game the Huskies were not able to put another shot in the net to fall to the Bulldogs, 2-1. Shots on goal to end the game were 26-25 in favor of UMD. St. Cloud finished the game going 1-for-6 on the power-play, while Duluth went 0-for-2.
In goal for the Huskies was junior Julie Friend recording 24 saves, while UMD's Kayla Black also put up 24 saves for the win. Friend moves her record to 2-8-2 on the season. St. Cloud State (3-13-3, 2-9-2-1 WCHA) and Minnesota Duluth (8-8-3, 6-6-3 WCHA) will be back in action on Saturday afternoon for the final game of the series. The puck drop is set for 3:07 p.m. from Brooks Center.