|2nd||2:49||MND||1-0||EV||Michela Cava (7)||Sidney Morin/6, Lara Stalder/4|
|2nd||9:55||STC||1-1||PP||Julia Tylke (6)||Molly Illikainen/10, Brittney Anderson/11|
|2nd||19:04||STC||2-1||PP||Vanessa Spataro (1)||Payge Pena/6, Lauren Hespenheide/2|
|3rd||8:35||MND||2-2||EV GT||Demi Crossman (2)||Ashleigh Brykaliuk/10, Lynn Astrup/1|
|St. Cloud State||0||2||0||0||2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||11||15||2||0||28|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Cloud State (8-7-2)||2/4||2/4||0|
|Minnesota Duluth (6-10-1)||0/2||4/8||0|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Katie Fitzgerald (T, 7-7-2)||65:00||2||8||8||12||2||30|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Kayla Black (T, 2-3-1)||65:00||2||11||13||2||0||26|
The University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team gave itself a chance to win in the third period Friday afternoon at AMSOIL Arena, but only after it had given St. Cloud State University the opening 40 minutes to get established.
The No. 10 Bulldogs settled for a 2-2 tie against the Huskies in game one of a pivotal Western Collegiate Hockey Association series for both squads. While UMD grabbed one point in the tie, SCSU grabbed the extra point in play by winning the league mandated shootout after neither team was able to score in extra time.
"Disappointing given the fact that those were big WCHA points for us, everyone knew what was on the line," said head coach Maura Crowell. "We feel like we should have taken three points and to get one is really unfortunate."
After a scoreless first period, the Bulldogs and Huskies both got on the board in the second stanza. UMD struck first behind senior forward Michela Cava's seventh goal of the season, a follow up on her initial shot that put UMD up 1-0 2:49 into the second period.
St. Cloud used its power play to net the equalizer, a shot from the near post from Julia Tylke that beat UMD goaltender Kayla Black over her left shoulder from the doorstep at the 9:55 mark. The Huskies took over the 2-1 lead 56 seconds from the second intermission on another power play goal, this time credited to Vanessa Spataro.
The Bulldogs turned up the offense in the third period, and after putting five-straight pucks on net, UMD knotted the game at 2-2 at the 8:35 mark on an impressive effort by junior forward Demi Crossman. Crossman took a feed from Ashleigh Brykaliuk on the right wing and skated through the low slot to beat SCSU netminder Katie Fitzgerald for her first goal of the season. The Bulldogs peppered the Huskies with 13 shots on goal while holding SCSU to just two in the final 20 minutes, but it didn't translate to the scoreboard. Despite outshooting the Huskies 2-0 in overtime, the stalemate held after the five minute overtime and St. Cloud won the shootout 2-1.
Black turned in a 26 save performance for the Bulldogs, while Fitzgerald made 30 saves for SCSU, who was 2-of-4 on its power play.
UMD (6-10-1, 3-7-1) and St. Cloud State (8-7-2, 4-7-2) will finish up the series tomorrow afternoon at AMSOIL. The puck will drop on the Bulldogs last home game of 2015 at 3:07 p.m.
BULLDOG NOTES: UMD remains unbeaten against the Huskies over its last eight outings, now having gone 6-0-2 over that time since December of 2013 ... All-time, the Bulldogs are 54-10-5 against SCSU ... Ashleigh Brykaliuk has now registered a point in her last three games (2-2=4).