The St. Cloud State women's hockey team resumed conference play as they faced off against No. 2 Minnesota at 6:07pm at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
The Huskies and Gophers competed with a fast start that ended in a scoreless first period. Junior goaltender Emma Polusny made 10 saves for the Huskies as the team put seven shots on Minnesota's goalie, Sydney Scobee. Each team saw one power-play opportunity apiece in the first period, but a strong penalty effort by both teams killed the chances.
The second period began with the Huskies taking the lead as senior forward Hallie Theodosopoulos tallied her ninth goal of the season. Theodosopoulos scored on the power-play just over three minutes into the period. Assists came from Klara Hymlarova and Olivia Hanson. The Gophers bounced back to steal the lead in the second half of the second period as Taylor Heise and Madeline Wethington each notched a goal. Emma Polusny made 12 saves for the Huskies in the second.
The Huskies struggled to come back as Sydnee Scobee stopped 21 shots for the Gophers. The Gophers tallied two more goals in the third period to end the game with a final score 4 to 1. The Huskies held Minnesota to zero for two on power-play opportunities. Emma Polusny made a total of 34 saves.
The Huskies and Gophers face off tomorrow at 3:07pm at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center for game two of the weekend series.