St. Cloud, Minn. - Wayne State University (2-1-0, 0-0-0 CHA) came to town and shutout the St. Cloud State women's hockey squad (0-3-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) by a score of 3-0 in the National Hockey Center this evening (Oct. 8).
The Huskies, who played their fastest game in school history tonight (1:43), kept the Warriors off the scoreboard in the first frame, despite being out-shot 6-12 in the initial period.
Wayne State's Julie Ingratta netted her first of two goals in the contest at the 15:19 mark of the second period to garner the eventual game-winner. St. Cloud State's senior netminder Ashley Nixon (Blaine) made the initial save, however when she reached out to cover the puck, WSU's Ingratta was there to poke the puck five-hole past Nixon.
After two periods of play, WSU held the shot advantage, 24-21.
The Warriors were able to connect on their first shot on goal in the final period, as Ingratta gathered the puck in the neutral zone and stormed into the Husky zone. After bypassing two Husky defenders, Ingratta was able to beat Nixon far side for her second tally of the evening to up the WSU lead to 2-0.
The nail in the coffin came at the 8:01 mark of the period. Wayne State took advantage of a player advantage to post its lone power play score of the night. Lauren Ragen garnered her first goal of the season on a rebound, as Ingratt and Cari Coen assisted on the play.
WSU's junior goalie Delayne Brian earned the victory between the pipes, stopping all 26 Husky shots. Nixon falls to 0-2-0 on the season after stopping 27 of the Warriors 30 shots.
Junior forward Brittany Toor (Hartland, Mich.) and rookie Julia Gilbert (Hermantown) led the Huskies with four shots a piece.
The gritty St. Cloud State Huskies will now play host to the Minnesota Whitecaps tomorrow afternoon (Oct. 9) for an exhibition game at 4:07 pm in the National Hockey Center.
"We will have our work cut out for us tomorrow," said SCSU's fifth-year head coach Jeff Giesen. "The Minnesota Whitecaps are a strong team."
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