St. Cloud State Wins Shootout After 4-4 Tie With North Dakota
Senior forward Molly Illikainen has hat trick for Huskies; Junior forward Payge Pena scores shootout winner

Senior forward Molly Illikainen had a hat trick for for the Huskies
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 4:03  STC1-0 SH Molly Illikainen (1)Alyssa Erickson/2, Brittney Anderson/5
2nd 0:23  STC2-0 EV Molly Illikainen (2)Payge Pena/1
2nd 17:38  NDK1-2 EV EA DP Kayla Gardner (1) -
3rd 1:06  STC3-1 EV Molly Illikainen (3) -
3rd 11:35  STC4-1 EV Hannah Potrykus (2)Brittney Anderson/6, Alyssa Erickson/3
3rd 15:32  NDK2-4 EV EA Amy Menke (2)Charly Dahlquist/1, Shannon Kaiser/1
3rd 16:51  NDK3-4 EV EA Layla Marvin (4)Samantha Hanson/3
3rd 19:49  NDK4-4 EV EA GT Amy Menke (3)Shannon Kaiser/2, Becca Kohler/2
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
North Dakota  01304
St. Cloud State  11204
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
North Dakota  151011642
St. Cloud State  434011
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
North Dakota (5-1-2)  0/5 2/7 0
St. Cloud State (2-5-1)  0/1 6/12 1
North Dakota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Lexie Shaw (T, 2-1-1)57:304 32207
Empty Net7:300      
St. Cloud State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Katie Fitzgerald (T, 1-5-1)65:004 1598638

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Senior forward Molly Illikainen recorded a hat trick and junior forward Payge Pena scored the only goal of the shootout as St. Cloud State earned an extra point in the league standings after the Huskies skate to a 4-4 tie against North Dakota on Saturday at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

The Huskies took control from the first puck drop and Molly Illikainen capitalized on a breakaway, when she sent one past UND's Lexie Shaw just 4:03 into the game. Alyssa Erickson and Brittney Anderson were credited with the assists.

"You could see the level of focus from the first faceoff and we took control right away and didn't wait for them to come to us. There's been an absolute gleam in our eyes from Thursday until now of our team wanting to show up and win and our team had a will to win coming into this series," Coach Rud.

Illikainen sent the Huskies to a 2-0 lead over UND shortly into the second period when she found herself in close to the net off a pass from Payge Pena. UND closed the lead with a goal at the 17:38 mark of then second.

The Huskies fought to extend the lead and succeeded with Illikainen's third goal of the game just over a minute into the final 20. Freshman, Hannah Potrykus scored her second career goal to push the Huskies lead to 4-1.

"Our freshman have already stepped up to play a big role for a team and our seniors are there to help them when they make mistakes. We don't come down on them but we help them learn and they keep on getting better," Illikainen.

UND pulled Shaw with just over 8:00 remaining in the game and scored three goals to tie the game and send it into overtime.

St. Cloud goaltender, Katie Fitzgerald, faced 6 shots in the overtime period but strong defense and goaltending prevailed and the game was sent into a shootout.

Both teams had three shooters go in the shoot-out but there was still no decision. The shootout moved to sudden death after the first 3 shooter and SCSU's Pena scored the winning goal of the game to solidify SCSU's first win against North Dakota in five years.

Molly Illikainen gained her first career hatrick against UND and ended SCSU's 5 game scoreless streak. "Getting my first hatrick against UND hit home for me not only because of the teams rivalries, but I've grown up playing with a lot of those girls. I came into this game with the mind set of controlling what I can control and I went out and stuck to it."

"Our mentality for this game was to keep it simple and do what we do to be successful. We had a great week of practice and when they came on strong in the third we came together and stuck together as a team," Illikainen.

"We're just trying to get better every week, and it has been fun to watch our team come together since our first game against the Gophers. We came into this weekend wanting to get a win however we could and being able to get it was a lot of fun," Rud.