DULUTH, Minn. - A tough middle frame put the University of Minnesota Duluth in a four-goal hole Friday night against St. Cloud State University. The Bulldogs stormed back in the final 20 minutes of regulation, but could not undo the damage in suffering a 4-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association setback at the hands of the visitors in front of 1,015 at AMSOIL Arena.
Following a scoreless opening period, the Huskies grabbed a 1-0 lead at the 1:27 mark of the second stanza. St. Cloud State maintained the momentum from there, adding a pair of even-strength markers and a power-play tally to take a 4-0 lead into the second intermission. With the Huskies owning a 4-0 advtanage, sophomore goaltender Karissa Grapp came on in relief of UMD's Kayla Black, who made her sixth straight start in goal.
Needing offense in a hurry, the Bulldogs bombarded the St. Cloud State net down the stretch, finishing with 53 shots on goal for the contest - including 22 in the third period. UMD then broke through at the 3:41 mark on a goal by rookie sensation Lara Stalder (her third of the year) to finish off a setup by Zoe Hickel and Ashleigh Brykaliuk - both of whom received helpers on the play.
St. Cloud State (1-6-2 overall and 1-5-1 in the WCHA) relied on its goaltending from there, as Julie Friend made several big saves (and turned aside the final 16 shots she faced) to keep the Bulldogs (4-4-1; 2-4-1) at arm's length the rest of the way. The loss stops a two-game winning streak for UMD.
The two teams will meet again at 6:07 p.m. to wrap up the two-game set.