|2nd||9:00||STC||1-0||EV||Hanna Brodt (1)||Lexi Slattery/1, Christa Moody/1|
|2nd||15:14||STC||2-0||EV||Lexi Slattery (1)||Hanna Brodt/1|
|2nd||17:57||MER||1-2||PP||Katelyn Rae (1)||Dominique Kremer/1, Paige Voight/1|
|3rd||1:29||MER||2-2||PP||Paige Sorensen (1)||Madison Morey/1|
|3rd||3:27||MER||3-2||PP||Jackie Pieper (1)||Beatrice Dufour/1, Madison Morey/2|
|3rd||8:45||MER||4-2||PP||Paige Voight (1)||Beatrice Dufour/2|
|3rd||12:58||STC||3-4||PP||Lexi Slattery (2)||-|
|3rd||14:17||STC||4-4||PP||Lauren Hespenheide (1)||Lexi Slattery/2|
|3rd||14:49||STC||5-4||PP GW||Christa Moody (1)||Brittney Anderson/1, Lauren Hespenheide/1|
|3rd||17:09||STC||6-4||EV||Caroline Markström (1)||-|
|St. Cloud State||0||2||4||6|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||11||12||21||44|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Cloud State (1-0-0)||3/7||6/12||0|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Katie Fitzgerald (W, 1-0-0)||59:27||4||6||6||7||19|
|Samantha Ridgewell (L, 0-1-0)||60:00||6||11||10||17||38|
North Andover, MA. --- The St. Cloud State Huskies (1-0-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) start the season with a 6-4 victory over Merrimack College (0-1-0, 0-0-0 Hockey East) on Friday Oct. 2.
Senior defense, Lexi Slattery, opened up scoring with just over half of the second left to play. Her junior defense partner, Christa Moody, and freshman forward, Megan Lalor were awarded the assists on the play. Slattery capitalized just 6 minutes later, extending the lead 2-0 for the Huskies. The Huskies were sent to the box and Merrimack took advantage as they closed the lead to 2-1 at the 17:57 mark of the second.
Merrimack took the lead from the Huskies as they opened the final period of play with three quick power play goals. SCSU's Slattery scored her third straight goal when the Huskies were awarded a power play, gaining momentum back for St. Cloud. The lone assist was given to junior forward, Lauren Hespenheide. Moody followed her partners lead and put the puck past Merrimack goaltender, scoring her first career goal and the game winning goal with 6:11 left to play. Sophomore, Brittney Anderson got the first assist and Hespenheide picked up her second point of the game. Junior, Caroline Markstrom, closed off the game by scoring her first career goal, making it a final score of 6-4.
St. Cloud State saw 14:00 minutes of power play time, while Merrimack played 12:00 minutes with a man advantage.
Katie Fitzgerald started off the season between the pipes for the Huskies, where she faced 23 shots in 60 minutes of play.
The series continues tomorrow night at 5:00 p.m. (CT).