DULUTH, Minn. - The No. 10 University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team netted two unanswered goals 14 seconds apart to skate by St. Cloud State University 3-2 at AMSOIL Arena Friday night.
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association win runs the Bulldogs current winning streak to three games, but the Huskies didn't go down without a fight.
UMD struck first on Anneke Linser's third goal of the season. Ryleigh Houston took a feed from Kylie Hanley and pushed the puck across the crease to Linser, who one-timed it past SCSU goaltender Emma Polusny at 13:09 of the first period.
Despite outshooting the Huskies 40-16 in the first 40 minutes, the second period belonged to St. Cloud on the scoreboard. Taylor Lind caught UMD on a change 12:26 into the period, and got just enough on the puck to sneak it by Maddie Rooney. Less than two minutes later, Emma Bigham gave the Huskies their first lead of the game at 14:18, sending the Bulldogs into the second intermission trailing SCSU 2-1.
UMD flipped the game's script at 7:47 of the third period when McKenzie Hewett found herself all alone in the slot after a face-off and backhanded the puck past Polusny to draw the Bulldogs even. Then, just 14 seconds later, Anna Klein finished a 2-on-1 from Sydney Brodt for the eventual game-winner that gave UMD a 3-2 lead at 8:01.
Polusny had 50 saves for the Huskies, who were outshot 53-21 in the game. SCSU falls to 2-7-0 overall and 0-7-0. Rooney had 19 stops for the Bulldogs, who run their record to 6-3-0 and 3-2-0 in league play.
The two sides will square off tomorrow afternoon at AMSOIL at 4:07 p.m. to finish up the series.