ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Senior center Jenniina Nylund gave St. Cloud State Women's Hockey her first collegiate hat trick in a thrilling 4-2 win over RPI on Saturday afternoon, earning the Huskies their third sweep of the 2021-22 season. Nylund scored each of the Huskies' last three goals including the game-winner. Addi Scribner opened the scoring for SCSU in the first as Allie Cornelius dished a pretty feed across to the high left point right to her stick, turned into a blistering one-timer for the game's first goal. Nylund scored five minutes into the middle period to make it 2-0, stealing the puck in the offensive zone before going bar-down top-shelf on the RPI tender. The Engineers score two quick goals to tie things at two entering the third. After scoring the go-ahead marker, Nylund put the game on ice under a minute to play in the third by poking the puck loose in neutral and tossing it into the empty net. Sanni Ahola made 26 saves to earn her fourth win of the season.
Knotted at two just under nine minutes in to the third, Emma Gentry aggressively created a turnover on the forecheck and directed the puck to Jenniina Nylund near the right circle before being dragged down. The Huskies' center knifed her way to the left side of the slot and used a slick move to beat the RPI goalie, slipping the go-ahead goal through for a 3-2 Huskies lead.
- Jenniina Nylund scored three goals for her first collegiate hat trick while skating to a plus-three.
- Addi Scribner scored a goal and put four shots on.
- Taylor Lind and Emma Gentry each were plus-three while Gentry added an assist.
- Sanni Ahola made 26 saves and was 16-of-16 in the third to earn her fourth win.
- Dayle Ross blocked three shots to lead SCSU.
- Allie Cornelius, Emma Gentry and Nicole Ness each recorded an assist.
- The Huskies outshot RPI 34-28.
- St. Cloud State went three-for-three on the penalty kill, making them a perfect nine-of-nine on the weekend.
- The sweep marks the Huskies' third of the season.
- SCSU has now matched their win total from each of the last two seasons with their sixth of 2021-22.
- Nylund's hat trick is the program's first since Brooke Kudirka lit the lamp three times against Lindenwood on November 29, 2019.
St. Cloud State Women's Hockey Head Coach Steve Macdonald
"I thought we started really strong in the first period. Our possession and offensive zone time were excellent. We broke the puck out very well. They're a team that plays with a lot of pride and heart, and they competed really hard back in the second to tie it up. Sometimes you have to face adversity and learn to be resilient, and that's what our team has shown this year. We can be resilient in those situations, and we found a way to win."
On the third period response... "I think it started with our ugency to pucks and one-on-ones. I thought we were too soft D-zone wise, and we started correcting that in the third period. Once we were able to do that, it led well into our breakout and zone entry. A lot of players had good jump today and good energy, and that helped us a lot in the third period."
On Jenniina Nylund's hat trick... "She had so much jump. She's a player who has really committed to her game over the last couple of years and she's really playing at the highest level we've seen her at. Playing with responsibility with her quickness, but then her compete level is just the highest. She's being rewarded for that right now, and her attention to the details has been excellent. We've been really impressed with her."
On the outstanding penalty kill... "It comes with a lot of awareness, discipline in our positioning and communication on the ice. Klara Hymlarova, I thought she played an outstanding game. She really helped direct that PK. We have other players who have really found a home and do really well in that, but I thought she was just outstanding. Even if you look at the penalty kill late in the game midway through the third, she was out there and really led that charge. She had two massive shot blocks that if not for her, we could be headed to overtime. She's a player that I believe quietly had a phenomenal game that really helped us win tonight."
On other strong individual performances... "I can't mention Klara Hymlarova enough. How she led this team, blocking shots, making plays, competing for pucks on the forecheck - she really led the charge in that respect. Emma Gentry had a lot of jump this weekend and was able to put herself in a lot of good situations. Addi Scribner was another player, and then good ole' steady Kenzie Wylie on the back. She's put in a ton of minutes over the years for us and is just so steady. You can't forget about our goaltending duo of Emma Polusny and Sanni Ahola. RPI, they're a really good hard-working team around the net, and I thought our goaltenders did a really good job having that composure back there."
The Huskies will return to WCHA play next weekend with a home series against Bemidji State on December 3-4.