Sanni Ahola worked a masterful 38-save shutout and fellow freshman Emma Gentry scored twice to lead St. Cloud State women's hockey (4-11-1, 4-11-1 WCHA) past Minnesota State (6-10-1, 6-10-1 WCHA) by a 4-0 final on Friday afternoon. Senior forward Laura Kluge joined the illustrious 50-point club in the win with a second period goal, while Hannah Bates found the back of the net for the first time this season to round out the scoring.
Special teams success played a critical role in the Huskies' win, as SCSU went 2-for-4 on the power play and eliminated all five chances on the penalty kill.
A scoreless first period saw each team put seven shots on goal, while the Huskies posted six blocks in the frame.
St. Cloud State quickly broke the stalemate at the 6:21 mark of the second period as Klara Hymlarova found Gentry in the slot for a bang-bang goal on the power play. Just 37 seconds later, Taylor Lind led a two-on-one break to the left circle and flipped a saucer across the slot to a crashing Kluge. The latter ripped her second goal of the season past the tender's left shoulder, joining the 50-point club in doing so. Gentry scored her second on a great feed from Jenniina Nylund at the 14:30 point of the frame, then Bates took a short pass from Adela Skrdlova and fired home a shot from the point to give SCSU their decisive 4-0 lead.
Both Ahola and the Huskies' penalty kill were put to the test in the third period, as three Minnesota State power plays led to 24 Maverick shots on goal. The freshman goaltender put on an incredible display against the flurry of shots, stopping all 24 to secure her second shutout of the season, both against MSU.
Hymlarova led SCSU with four blocks, Addi Scribner pitched in three and Taytum Geier added a pair.
The Huskies and Mavericks conclude their series on Saturday at 1:07 p.m. with SCSU's Senior Day game. Fans can follow along on 97.5 RadioX and on FloHockey.