|1st||0:55||CON||1-0||EV||Justine Fredette (1)||Leah Lum/1, Taylor Wabick/1|
|1st||3:33||CON||2-0||PP||Briana Colangelo (1)||Leah Lum/2, Natalie Snodgrass/1|
|3rd||0:36||STC||1-2||EV||Julia Tylke (1)||Tatum Coats/1, Emma Polusny/1|
|3rd||4:42||STC||2-2||EV||Julia Tylke (2)||Laura Kluge/1, Kayla Friesen/1|
|3rd||14:36||STC||3-2||EV GW||Laura Kluge (1)||Kayla Friesen/2|
|St. Cloud State||0||0||3||3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||3||10||12||25|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Cloud State (1-1-0)||0/0||2/4||0|
|Morgan Fisher (L, 0-1-0)||57:53||3||3||10||9||22|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Emma Polusny (W, 1-0-0)||60:00||2||16||5||10||31|
ST. CLOUD, Minn. - A pair of early goals put the St. Cloud State women's hockey team (1-1-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) in a quick hole, but SCSU's top line, led by junior forward Julia Tylke, dug it out with three unanswered third period tallies to cap a thrilling, 3-2, comeback win over Connecticut (1-1-0, 0-0-0 WHEA) on Saturday.
After falling behind, 2-0, within the game's first 3:33, the Huskies roared back in the final frame-scoring three times, including a pair from Tylke in a 4:06 span to start the period, to seal their first win of the season.
"Tonight we finished the chances we needed to," Rud said. "With five new faces in the lineup we thought the first period might be a little rough, but we leveled out after that, played a lot of good hockey and got rewarded."
Tylke ignited the resurgent effort with a highlight reel-worthy goal for the ages just 36 seconds into the third stanza. The Delafield, Wis., native came through the neutral zone into the offensive end, dangled a defender and came back to tuck the puck far side past the goaltender to draw SCSU within one, 2-1.
"She has the rare ability to score out of nowhere," Rud said of Tylke. "When you have creative, athletic players you have to let them play so that when it is their time to make a big play, they do."
Tylke (2+0) and her linemates, sophomore forward Kayla Friesen (0+2) and freshman forward Laura Kluge (1+1), each notched multi-point efforts to fuel the comeback. After Tylke's brace tied the score at two, Friesen won a face off and fed Kluge in the slot for the game-winner with 5:24 to play.
"It all pieced together so perfectly," Tylke said. "We were positive in the locker room and picked each other up and it worked to our benefit."
After allowing goals on two of the first three shots she faced, freshman goaltender Emma Polusny bounced back with a standout effort-finishing with 31 saves on 33 shots (.939) in her first career start.
"Mentally, that can be really tough," Rud said of Polusny. "To come out to start your career and get scored on a couple times and bounce back, I think that is more impressive than a 50-save shutout."
"She showed a lot of resilience and showed us her competitiveness."
Three players-Kluge, Polusny and freshman defender Tatum Coats-notched their first career points in the win. Kluge had a goal and an assist, Polusny recorded an assist and Coats provided the set up for Tylke's first tally.
St. Cloud State hits the ice again next weekend for a non-conference road clash against Colgate in Hamilton, N.Y. The Huskies and Raiders will meet on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7 for a pair of 1 p.m. (CT) face offs.