Every weekday from May 23-June 7, we will be looking back at the "Dandy Dozen" moments from the historic 2015-16 WCHA season. Next up on our countdown is…
Moment 11: Husky Pride
St. Cloud State continued to show it is a program on the rise in 2015-16, posting its most league wins (9) and overall victories (13) since the 2009-10 campaign, while also earning its highest WCHA finish (fifth) in six years. Under second-year head coach Eric Rud, the Huskies also recorded eight road wins – their most away from SCSU since 2008-09.
The Huskies' progress was most prominent in November, when SCSU put together a perfect month (6-0-0) – part of a longer seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) that stands as the second-longest in school history. St. Cloud State swept a pair of home WCHA series (vs. Minnesota State and Ohio State), went on the road and won twice in a nonconference set at Lindenwood, then played to a 2-2 tie Dec. 4 at Minnesota Duluth (before earning the extra league point in a shootout win).
Senior goaltender Katie Fitzgerald earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Month accolades for November, while she fashioned a 1.41 goals-against average and a league-leading .948 save percentage (including a WCHA-high 182 saves) during the seven-game run. Fellow senior Molly Illikianen – an eventual All-WCHA Third Team selection – tallied 14 points (8g-6a) and a WCHA-high three game-winning goals over the five-week stretch. Finally, WCHA All-Rookie Team performer Julia Tylke registered a point in all seven games (5g-6a—11pts), while factoring in four of the Huskies' six game-winning goals (scoring one and assisting on three others).