The Huskies came out fast and answered a Ohio State surge to pick up their second WCHA victory of the season, defeating the Buckeyes 4-3 Saturday afternoon at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.
St. Cloud State came out on fire scoring the first three goals of the game in the opening period. Senior Jaclyn Daggit struck at the 7:30 mark as she picked up her first goal of the season. For Daggit, normally a defender but playing forward to help the Huskies who are dealing with injuries, it was the third goal of her career. She was assisted on the play by junior Lisa Martinson and sophomore Amanda Monkman.
Sophomore forward Molli Mott added to her team lead in goals by scoring her seventh of the season at 10:12 of the first period to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead. Assisting Mott on the score were senior forward Brittany Toor and sophomore Cari Coen. SCSU would add another at the 15:51 mark on a goal by junior forward Alex Nelson, her fourth of the season, after being set up by junior Haylea Schmid and sophomore Julia Gilbert.
Ohio State would make it 3-1 heading into the first intermission as Taylor Kuehl found the back of the net at 16:14, with assists going to Tina Hollowell and Kayla Sullivan. OSU would score the only goal of the second period at 17:25 as Ally Tarr picked up her 10th goal of the season on the OSU power play. Sullivan and senior Natalie Spooner were credited with assists on the play.
Spooner would get into the Ohio State record books at 5:27 of the third period as she scored her 87th career goal and tied the game at 3-3. With the goal Spooner passed former Buckeye Jeni Creary (2002-05) on the all-time goals scored list for OSU women's hockey. Spooner was assisted on the goal by Hokey Langan and Madison Marcotte.
The Huskies would answer the three unanswered Buckeye goals when Toor put the puck in the net to give St. Cloud State the 4-3 advantage. For Toor it was her fourth goal of the season and 13th of her career. Freshman Abby Ness and junior Katie Allen had assists on the game winner.
First year goaltender Julie Friend had a big game for the Huskies as she made 41 saves and picked up her third win of the season. Ohio State out shot the Huskies 44-22 in the game. OSU was 1-4 on the power play while SCSU was 0-4.
St. Cloud State (3-17-2, 2-14 WCHA) will travel to Mankato next weekend to take on Minnesota State.