The St. Cloud State Huskies (13-16-4, 9-15-4 WCHA) fell to the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (12-20-1, 10-17-1 WCHA) in their final regular season game Sunday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
The Huskies, coming off a win the day before, controlled the tempo at the beginning of the game. It wouldn’t take long for there to be a goal, as Huskies freshman forward Hannah Potrykus found the net 1:09 into the first period.
The lead wouldn’t last long, as Duluth’s Michelle Lowenhielm fired a shot past senior goaltender Katie Fitzgerald’s shoulder to tie the game 1-1 going into the first intermission.
Penalties would prove pivotal, as Duluth scored on a power play goal by Maria Lindh to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead 17:12 into the second period. The Huskies would respond in the third period, when Julia Tylke finished a pass from senior Molly Illikainen to tie the game. Almost immediately after, the Bulldogs would find the net again, for good, as Lowenhielm netted her second of the game.
That goal would put the Bulldogs over the edge, as they captured a 3-2 victory. Huskies goaltender Fitzgerald had another great game, saving 27 of the 30 shots. The Huskies kept the shots close, registering 27 on net despite only 18 the game before. The Huskies retain their possession of the fifth seed in the WCHA playoffs and will travel to the University of North Dakota’s Ralph Englestad Arena for a three-game series against the Fighting Hawks Feb. 26 through 28.