St. Cloud, Minn. - St. Cloud State women's hockey team ended their final series of 2013 Saturday afternoon against Minnesota Duluth from Brooks Center. A last second goal would seal a 2-1 win for the Bulldogs over the Huskies earning the weekend sweep.
Minnesota Duluth once again took the first lead of the game scoring at the 5:44 mark of the first period as Jamie Kenyon fired a shot directly in front of the net for the goal. This was Kenyon's third goal on the weekend.
With no penalties in the first period it went quick with the Bulldogs outshooting the Huskies 11-6.
It was not until late in the second period when the Huskies would make it a 1-1 game at the 13:21 mark. Senior Molli Mott shot from the just in front of the left faceoff circle and into the right side of the net for the even strength goal. Assisting on the goal was junior Abby Ness and senior Cari Coen.
A 1-1 tie would hold into the second intermission with the Huskies outshooting UMD 12-5 in the period. St. Cloud also finished the period going zero-for-one on the power-play.
St. Cloud's goalie Katie Fitzgerald made some huge saves throughout the game but one of the biggest ones came in the third with 3:36 left to play keeping the Huskies alive. It was looking like the game was headed to overtime as it was still tied up in the third period with a minute left but with only seconds left a late goal decided the game.
UMD's Jenna McParland nailed a shot into the back of the net with only :14 seconds left in the third to seal the sweep over the Huskies winning 2-1.
Earning the start and goalie of record for St. Cloud was sophomore Katie Fitzgerald recording 30 saves, while Duluth's Kayla Black tallied 25 saves for the win. Fitzgerald moves her record to 1-6-1 on the season.
The Huskies finished the game going 0-1 on the power-play but were outshot by the Bulldogs on a final margin of 32-26.
St. Cloud State (3-14-3, 2-10-2-1 WCHA) will now take some time off for the holidays before they are back in action next year on Jan. 3-4, 2014 as they end an eight game home stand that began back on Nov. 29th. The Huskies will play host to the University of Wisconsin in their first series back from break. Game times are set for 7:07 p.m. and 3:07 p.m. respectively.