ST. CLOUD, Minn. - St. Cloud State Women's Hockey received multi-point performances from all three members of their top line on the way to a 4-2 regular season-opening win over Lindenwood on Friday evening. Taylor Lind recorded a career-high three assists, Emma Gentry scored two goals while Jenniina Nylund scored a goal and added an assist for a two-point effort. Nicole Ness scored the game's first goal early in the first period to round out the scoring. Senior netminder Emma Polusny made 30 saves on 32 shots to earn her 21st collegiate win.
Already up 2-0 in the first period, Emma Polusny turned away a Lions shot with a brilliant save. Taylor Lind moved the rebound ahead to Jenniina Nylund, who carried ahead to lead a two-on-one rush with Emma Gentry. Nylund dished across the high slot to Gentry and the latter ripped the puck home to make it 3-0 Huskies.
- Taylor Lind tallied a career-best three assists in the win, giving her eight helpers in her last five games dating back to last season. The junior was plus-three on the night.
- Emma Gentry's two goals paced all scorers, marking her second career multi-goal game.
- Jenniina Nylund went 17-8 (68%) on faceoffs and put a game-high eight shots on goal along with her 1-1-2 performance.
- Freshman Dayle Ross finished plus-two with four blocks and one shot on goal in her collegiate debut.
- Mackenzie Bourgerie won a career-high 13 of 16 (81.3%) draws.
- Emma Polusny made 30 saves to earn the win, stopping 11 shots in the third period.
- The Huskies have now won back-to-back season openers.
- SCSU won 42 faceoffs at a 66.7% success rate.
- Shots were 33-32 SCSU.
- St. Cloud State went 1-for-2 on the power play and killed three of four penalties.
St. Cloud State Women's Hockey Head Coach Steve Macdonald
"Pleased with our effort in closing out today's win in a hard-fought game. We feel as though we can address some details of our play to come back with another strong showing tomorrow."
St. Cloud State goes for a series sweep over Lindenwood on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. CST. The game will be streamed live on B1G+ as well as 97.5 FM RadioX, with links available on the SCSU Women's Hockey schedule page.