ST. CLOUD, MINN. - The St. Cloud State University Huskies women's hockey team (6-15-1, 2-12-0 WCHA) won their first game back after the holiday break 3-1 against the Lindenwood University Lions (3-12-2, 1-6-1 CHA) on Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
St. Cloud's Rachel Herzog got the scoring started at 14:31 of the first period. She was assisted by Taylor Wemple and Hannah Potrykus, and this was the first goal of Herzog's collegiate career.
Lindenwood would go on to tie the game up 1-1 in the second and go into the third evened up. The Huskies looked to capitalize on a strong advantage though, as they went into the final period with a 3-on-5 power play lined up. And capitalize on it, they did.
The Huskies leading team point-scorer, Julia Tylke landed another one in the back of the net 35 seconds into the period, assisted by Kayla Friesen. Then, less than a minute later, SCSU's Hannah Potrykus scored her eighth goal of the season on a second Friesen assist and from junior defender Abby Thiessen.
"Out of this game, I liked that we played solid defensively, in terms of forecheck and neutral zone, we kept a lot of stuff to the outside," said Huskies' Head Coach Eric Rud. "I thought the second half of the second period was the turning point for us."
St. Cloud State earned their first win at home since October 27 when they defeated Duluth 3-2. Last season the Huskies had a better second half of the season, going 5-6-3 over the first half record of 3-14-2 and the team looks to repeat that trend as they head into the next calendar year.
St. Cloud State goaltender Emma Polusny stopped 32 shots in the game; the Lions' Sophie Wolf had 19 saves. Final shots on goal from today's game were SCSU 22, LWU 33. St. Cloud went 2-3 on the power play and 3-3 on the penalty kill.
"I thought that was the best game (Polusny) played all year; she was controlled and composed," said Rud. "She's been calm and collected but also aggressive in net."
The Huskies and Lions will faceoff again tomorrow in a 12:07 p.m. game at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.