St. Cloud, Minn. - The St. Cloud State University women's hockey team rounded out their nonconference series with the Quinnipiac University Bobcats Saturday. The Huskies dropped a lead falling 3-1 over the Bobcats.
The Huskies came out strong looking for that first win of the season after coming off a 0-0 overtime tie on Friday. Almost midway through the first period the Huskies' sophomore Vanessa Spataro found the back of the net shooting just right of the goal for her first goal of the season and a Husky 1-0 lead. Seniors Molli Mott and Michelle Burke were credited with the assists on the goal.
SCSU outshot Quinnipiac 10 to 5 in the first period.
St. Cloud continued their shutout of the Bobcats from Friday night as they held Quinnipiac scoreless for two periods, making it six total straight periods in the series.
Both goalies made big defensive stops in the second period as the Huskies held on to their 1-0 still after two periods of play.
Just over the midway mark of the third period the Bobcats tied the game up 1-1 as Nicole Connery fired a shot off sending it into the bottom right of the net. Quinnipiac would extend their lead scoring at the 15:23 mark and the 17:08 mark of the third as Emma Woods scored back-to-back goals for the Bobcats to take a 3-1 lead over the Huskies.
The Huskies were unable to come back as Quinnipiac controlled the puck to seal their 3-1 victory.
Quinnipiac outshot St. Cloud by a final margin of 32 to 28 in the game.
Leading the Huskies in shots on goal Saturday was junior Abby Ness as she put up seven shots and was followed by junior Audrey Hanmer with four.
In the net for the Huskies making her first start of the 2013-14 regular season was sophomore Katie Fitzgerald, recording 29 saves, while the Bobcats' Chelsea Laden tallied 27.
St. Cloud State (0-1-1, 0-0-0 WCHA) returns to action on October 11-12 as they travel to Columbus, Ohio for their first WCHA matchup against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Game times are slated for 6:07 p.m. and 3:07 p.m. (CT) respectively.