Illikainen's Three Points Help St. Cloud State Past Minnesota State, 4-2
Senior Molly Illikainen scores two goals and assist for Huskies

Senior Molly Illikainen scored two goals and an assist for the Huskies
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 0:51  STC1-0 EV Molly Illikainen (6)Julia Tylke/2
1st 3:38  STC2-0 EV Molly Illikainen (7)Payge Pena/2
1st 16:46  STC3-0 EV GW Julia Tylke (4)Lexi Slattery/4, Molly Illikainen/6
1st 17:26  MNS1-3 EV Katie Johnson (2)Anna Keys/5, Jordan McLaughlin/1
2nd 0:51  STC4-1 EV Lauren Hespenheide (3)Lexi Slattery/5, Payge Pena/3
2nd 3:43  MNS2-4 EV Hannah Davidson (3)Lena Düsterhöft/2, Katie Johnson/7
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota State  1102
St. Cloud State  3104
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota State  138829
St. Cloud State  1312833
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota State (2-11-1)  0/4 3/6 0
St. Cloud State (4-7-1)  0/3 4/8 0
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Brianna Quade (L, 2-10-1)59:094 1011829
Empty Net0:510     
St. Cloud State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Katie Fitzgerald (W, 3-7-1)60:002 127827

St. Cloud, Minn. --- The St. Cloud State Huskies (4-7-1, 2-7-1 WCHA) skate past the Mankato Mavericks (2-11-1, 0-10-0 WCHA) for their first WCHA sweep of the season.

Molly Illikainen took control from her first shift and just 51 seconds into the game put one past Maverick goaltender. She continued to dominate with a breakaway opportunity, in which she hit the post, and scored the second goal on her third shot of the game, all within a four minute span. Julia Tylke continued her offense efforts in game two, getting the lone assist on the first goal, while Payge Pena joined in the action for the assist on the second goal.

Tylke scored her third goal of the series after a Pena shot found her skate and bounced in the net. Illikainen tallied her third point of the game with the second assist on the goal. Mankato closed out the period with a goal, which came with 3:43 left to play.

The Huskies brought their momentum into the second period when junior forward, Lauren Hespenheide, found the back of the net in the first minute of play. Lexi Slattery picked up the lone assist on the goal and tallied her fourth of the season. Mankato responded minutes later when, Hannah Davidson, sent a shot past SCSU's Katie Fitzgerald, to close the lead 4-2.

Both teams saw scoring opportunities in the third period but strong goaltending prevailed and the Huskies took the series sweep with a 4-2 score. This marks the first sweep that St. Cloud has seen at home since a Nov. 9-10 series against Lindenwood in the 2011-12 season.

"It feels good to get the first sweep of the season at home and we have a chance to get a couple more before break if we keep improving our game and coming out ready to play," Hespenheide.

Fitzgerald was tested with 29 shots in nets as SCSU got 33 total shots in the game.

The Huskies will return home for a series against Ohio State on Nov. 20-21. Both games will be played at 3:07 pm.