|OT||0:45||CON||1-0||EV GW||Natalie Snodgrass (1)||Theresa Knutson/1, Rebecca Lindblad/1|
|St. Cloud State||0||0||0||0||0|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||2||20||8||1||31|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Cloud State (0-1-0)||0/2||4/8||0|
|Annie Belanger (W, 1-0-0)||60:45||0||2||20||8||1||31|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Janine Alder (L, 0-1-0)||60:43||1||6||6||9||0||21|
ST. CLOUD, Minn.-Despite a flurry of chances in the final two periods, the St. Cloud State women's hockey team (0-1-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) came up short to Connecticut (1-0-0, 0-0-0 WHEA), 1-0, in overtime on Friday to open its 2017-18 campaign.
SCSU dominated UConn throughout the final 40 minutes of play, out-shooting Connecticut, 29-16, and out-attempting it, 45-23. But the Huskies failed to capitalize on their plethora of opportunities. That left the door open for the visitors and they took advantage in overtime, scoring just 45 seconds into the extra stanza.
"You can look at this in two ways," head coach Eric Rud said. "You can look at it and say we deserved a better outcome or you can look at it and say we had a lot of chances and did not finish."
"We created a lot of chances, but need to find ways to finish those," he added. "Sometimes you have to find a way with some heart, grit and determination to get one in the net."
After a slow start, St. Cloud State got its game going in the second period-out-shooting UConn, 20-6. The Huskies began moving the puck quicker up the ice, which put them in better offensive situations. They created a few close calls right on the goal line that would have broken the game open, but were unable to capitalize.
Rud said SCSU lacked some awareness around the net, which proved to be the difference between cashing in on its opportunities and being shutout. But, he was encouraged by the types of scoring chances his team was able to generate.
"At times we would be watching the puck instead of anticipating where it would be," he said. "But we created through skill and brains, which is what we are trying to do. If you create enough of those you'll get one to go in."
After the two teams battled through a scoreless regulation, Connecticut wasted no time seizing an opportunity afforded to it-jumping on a loose puck in the crease for the overtime-winner.
Sophomore goaltender Janine Alder stood tall between the pipes for SCSU in her first start of the season-turning away all 21 shots she faced in regulation.
St. Cloud State wraps up its season-opening series against UConn on Saturday, September 30 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:07 p.m. Tickets for the contest are available at scsutickets.com. Fans ages 18 and under, SCSU students with a valid university ID and men's hockey season ticket holders receive free admission to all women's hockey home games.