ST. CLOUD, MINN. - The St. Cloud State Huskies Women's Hockey team (1-2-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) rolled through the RIT Tigers (1-1-1, 0-0-0 CHA) Friday night to earn their first win of the season. The Huskies won 7-3, breaking a program record from 1999 in the process. Tonight also marked the first ever meeting between St. Cloud and RIT.
The Huskies started off hot, and that's an understatement. Goal one came at 3:04 of the first by senior Jordan Stewart, assisted by Rachel Herzog and Olivia Hanson. Less than two minutes later, defenseman Taylor Wemple put SCSU up 2-0, assisted by Kayla Friesen and Hannah Potrykus.
RIT gained a little momentum, cutting the Huskies' lead in half at 8:06 when the Tiger's Jade Mancini scored her first of the season. The lone assist was from Mallory Rushton.
St. Cloud began to stretch their lead after that with a flurry of goals in the second half of the first period. Hallie Theodosopoulos scored her first goal of the night, assisted by Jenniina Nylund and Julia Tylke. Senior Hannah Potrykus then notched two goals in a row, one at 10:20 and the next at 12:07. Tylke and Friesen picked up assists on goal one and Laura Kluge as well as Abby Thiessen on Potrykus's second goal.
Theodosopoulos put away her second goal of the game at 13:54 to wrap up a total of six St. Cloud goals in the first period. This broke a St. Cloud State Women's Hockey program record of goals in a single period of play. The old record of five goals in a period was set vs. St. Catherine's on Feb. 2, 1999.
"We came out ready to play. We had great energy and a lot of jump and it was a great way to start the game," said Huskies head coach Eric Rud.
The Tiger's would add one more to the scoreboard to head into the second period 6-2. Kendall Cornine scored unassisted with less than four minutes left in the first.
The remainder of the game was a bit more on the quiet side. Two goals in the second period, one for each team, would be it for the game. RIT's Brittney Gout put one past SCSU goaltender Emma Polusny on a power play at 9:05. Minutes later, St. Cloud captain Kayla Friesen answered the call in scoring her first of the game. She was assisted by linemates Potrykus and Kluge. No goals in the third period concluded the game with a 7-3 St. Cloud win.
St. Cloud's Polusny had 30 saves in the game. RIT's goaltender Terra Lanteigne and Jenna de Jonge combined for 26 saves in the game. Lanteigne started the game and was relived for just over five minutes in the first period by de Jonge before going back in after the fourth St. Cloud goal was scored.
Final shots on goal were SCSU 33, RIT 33. St. Cloud went 2-3 on power plays; RIT had one goal in four power play attempts. Potrykus had both of St. Cloud's power play goals.
The St. Cloud State women's hockey team are at home again Saturday, Oct. 6 at 3:07 p.m. to take on the Tigers and will celebrate the team's Senior Night.
Rud said, "We mixed it up this year, we are doing (senior night) early in the season as a way to kick off (the senior's) year. This class has been with us the whole time, and we're looking forward to them helping us all season long leading the way on and off the ice in a positive way to a successful season."
SCSU will play their first WCHA conference game next weekend (Oct. 12/13) in a home-and-home series against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. For complete ticket information regarding any SCSU home games in 2018-19, please visit www.scsutickets.com or call 1-877-SCSUTIX.