Illikainen leads Huskies past Ohio State

Saint Cloud State (6-7-1, 4-7-1 WCHA) extended their win streak to three games with their 3-2 win over conference foe Ohio State (5-8-0, 3-8-0 WCHA).

The first period started and ended with excitement as OSU would score their first goal less than 30 seconds after the opening faceoff. The rest of the period saw both teams struggle to stay on their feet as they fell over themselves and ran into their own teammates. Finally as the period came to a close, the Huskies were able to put together an offensive charge as sophomore Alyssa Erickson put the puck in the net with 36 seconds left in the first period. The Huskies would go into the second tied at one goal apiece.

The second period saw much improved play by both teams. Each team seemed to have remembered how to skate as there were not nearly as many tumbles as there were in the first. Ohio State would dominate possession early but were unable to find the back of the net. SCSU displayed a tough defense as they fended off multiple three-on-two breakaways by the Buckeyes. Molly Illikainen would get her first score of the night late in the period to take a one goal advantage going into the last period.

It seemed as if each side needed to warm up a little as the third period saw the best action of the night. The Huskies continued to play some ferocious defense and were unable to keep the Buckeyes off the board. With a crowd of players in front of the SCSU goal, OSU somehow found a way to get the puck past the Huskies’ goalie. At the 10:18 mark, OSU knotted the game up 2-2.

With overtime looking likely, Molly Illikainen scored her second goal of the night to go up 3-2 with 3:44 left to play. OSU saw their chances of a comeback evaporate when they committed two penalties with just under two minutes to play. These penalties made it easy for the Huskies to burn the clock away and come away with the 3-2 win.

The Huskies (6-7-1, 4-7-1 WCHA) look to continue their winning ways and get their second straight sweep as they take on Ohio State again tomorrow at 1:37 p.m. at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

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