The St. Cloud State women’s hockey team (11-13-3, 7-12-4 WCHA) rallied back in a thrilling 3-3 tie against the Bemidji State Beavers (17-9-3, 12-9-2 WCHA) Friday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The Huskies found themselves down 2-0 early in the first, after two goals from Kristin Huber and Emily Bergland.
The second period proved pivotal for the Huskies, who managed to score a power play goal after sophomore defenseman Brittney Anderson found the net after the assist from Molly Illikainen and Lexi Slattery to cut the lead to one 15:58 into the period.
The third period started off patchy for the Huskies, as Bemidji State’s Ivana Bilic beat St. Cloud State goaltender Katie Fitzgerald from the point early to give the Beavers a 3-1 lead. From there, the Huskies took advantage of their opportunities, scoring 2 goals on 3 shots from senior Molly Illikainen and sophomore Alyssa Erickson to tie the game 3-3.
In the overtime, the Beavers dominated the Huskies, continually firing away shots at Fitzgerald, who didn’t budge. The shootout proved to be a battle of the goaltenders, as Fitzgerald and Mowat traded saves. The Huskies’ fortune would run out, as Riley Fawcett beat Fitzgerald for the lone goal in the shootout and the extra point.
Despite being outshot 38-21, the Huskies managed to keep it close behind their stout defense and goaltending by Fitzgerald.
With the loss in overtime, the Huskies gain a point and move to a tie for fifth in the WCHA standings with the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. The game was the first in the two game series between the two teams. The next game will be played Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center at 3:07 p.m.