The Saint Cloud State Huskies (3-7-1, WCHA 1-7-1) were able to get their first conference win with a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota State-Mavericks (2-10-1, WCHA 0-9-0). Both teams put their records aside and put on an entertaining performance, each giving everything they had until the final buzzer.
The first period saw a fierce display of offense by both teams. Minnesota State saw their offensive breakaways end with poor passing and the Huskies ending theirs with several shots on goal. As the first period came to a close, fans saw the puck fly back and forth on the ice, yet neither team could put the puck in the net. The Huskies had far more shot attempts in the first, with 21 compared to just seven from the Mavericks.
Both teams were able to keep up the intensity as the second period saw a back-and-forth battle, similar to the first plays. SCSU broke the scoreless tie half way through the period on a stunning wrist shot by Julie Tylke. The Huskies kept on the pressure and added another goal with 18 seconds left to end the second period up 2-0. As the second came to a close, you could see the upbeat play of the Huskies wearing away at Minnesota State. SCSU had several breakaways, which they couldn’t capitalize on.
SCSU kept up the pressure throughout the third period adding two more goals to their lead. With the pace of game slightly slower than the all-out speed of the first two periods, the Huskies continued to put quality shots on goal. Julie Tylke finished the Huskies scoring on a backhand shot, while falling down for her second goal of the game. Only three seconds into their power play MSU would find the net for their first and only score of the night. The Husky defense stayed strong the rest of the way, closing out the game for the 4-1 win over the Mavericks.
The Husky women will be looking for the sweep as they take on Minnesota State (2-9-1, WCHA 0-8-0) in the second game of the series tomorrow at 3:07 P.M. at Herb Brooks Hockey Center.