St. Cloud State Holds Off Minnesota State, 2-1
Junior forward Alyssa Erickson scores game-winner for Huskies

Junior forward Alyssa Erickson scored the game-winner for the Huskies
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 6:59  STC1-0 EV Caroline Markström (3)Payge Pena/5, Kayla Friesen/5
2nd 8:21  STC2-0 EV GW Alyssa Erickson (7)Hannah Potrykus/4
3rd 1:12  MNS1-2 EV Sara Bustad (2)Anna-Maria Fiegert/2
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota State  0011
St. Cloud State  1102
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota State  691126
St. Cloud State  612220
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota State (6-18-2)  0/2 2/4 0
St. Cloud State (7-16-2)  0/2 2/4 0
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Brianna Quade (L, 3-13-2)58:312 511218
Empty Net1:290     
St. Cloud State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Janine Alder (W, 7-13-2)60:001 691025

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - A pair of goals in the first two periods staked the St. Cloud State women's hockey team (7-16-2, 5-13-1-1 WCHA) to an early lead before the Huskies defense and freshman goaltender Janine Alder held on late for 2-1 win over Minnesota State (6-18-2, 3-15-1-0) on Friday.

The victory snapped SCSU's three-game winless skid and is only its third win to open a series this season. It also created a seven-point gap between the now tied for sixth place Huskies and eighth place Mavericks in the WCHA standings.

"It was nice to get a couple goals and get a lead," head coach Eric Rud said. "We do not score a ton, so when we get a few we have to make it count."

"Through two periods, we played pretty well and did a lot of things the right way."

After opening up a two-goal lead, 2-0, after 40 minutes, the Huskies weathered a furious Minnesota State rally in the final period. The Mavericks scored 1:12 into the final frame to cut SCSU's lead to 2-1 and continued to pepper Alder's goal after that.

Minnesota State dominated possession in the third and pinned the Huskies in their defensive zone, out-shooting them, 11-2, and out-attempting them, 25-5. But Alder and the SCSU defense stood tall, blocking 11 shots and stopping 10 pucks, respectively, to preserve the win.

"It was a hard third period. I was always looking at the clock hoping we would make it," Alder said. "I was screaming at the players sometimes to try and give them energy."

"Our defense was good (in the third)," she added. "They kept the puck away from the net."

Senior defenseman Caroline Markstrom opened the scoring just under seven minutes into the first period. The goal was her third of the season and snapped the Huskies season-long 193:24 scoring drought that dated back to their 7-4 win over then-No. 7 Colgate on January 6.

Junior forward Alyssa Erickson added her seventh of the year, and the eventual game-winner, 8:21 into the second period.

"Our offensive effort was a lot better tonight," Erickson said. "We got it down low, worked their (defense) and tired them out."

St. Cloud State will go for the sweep of the Mavericks on Hockey Day Minnesota, Saturday, January 20, at 3:07 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports North Plus-the first time in Hockey Day Minnesota's 10-year history a NCAA women's game will be featured as part of the festivities. Youth under 18 and SCSU students with a valid university ID will be admitted for free. Adult tickets for the game are available at scsutickets.com and will be sold at the door for just $1.