ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Despite a valiant effort from St. Cloud State University's senior netminder Ashley Nixon (Blaine), who backstopped the Huskies with 42 saves, the #8-ranked University of North Dakota completed the weekend series sweep with a 5-0 shutout victory over SCSU on Saturday, Jan. 22, in the National Hockey Center.
With the win, UND improves to 14-7-3 overall and 12-6-2-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association as the Huskies fall to 0-24-1 overall in 2010-11 and 0-19-1-1 in the league.
Of note, this marks the first time in school history that St. Cloud State has been swept by UND in both regular season league series. This is also just the fourth sweep that North Dakota has handed SCSU, dating back to the 2002-03 stint.
For the second straight evening, North Dakota blanked the Huskies by a score of 5-0. Led by the contest's number one star Allison Parizek, who tabbed a goal and two helpers in the win, North Dakota out-shot the Huskies 47-23 en route to the shutout win.
Both teams skated to a nearly even period in the initial frame as UND held a slight advantage in shots, 13-11. North Dakota cracked the scoreboard with its first tally of the game at the 8:18 mark of the first period. Monique Lamoureux-Kolls fired off a shot on SCSU's net. Nixon was there to make the save but left the rebound up for grabs as Mary Loken was there in front to wrap the puck around Nixon's skate and card her third goal of the season.
North Dakota upped its lead to 2-0 in the second period when Alyssa Wiebe came from behind the SCSU net and shot the puck off a Husky defender's skate in front to chart her tenth score of the 2010-11 season.
The final frame had UND written all over it as nationally ranked North Dakota went on to score three more unanswered goals and cruise to the 5-0 win.
The SCSU Huskies have now been held scoreless in their last 12 straight periods played, suffering four consecutive shutout losses in the ever-grueling WCHA.
St. Cloud State will look to erase its scoring drought next weekend as the Huskies will play host to the Ohio State University on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 28-29, at 2:07 pm and 1:07 pm in the National Hockey Center.