|1st||14:42||STC||1-0||EV||Julia Tylke (9)||Emma Turbyville/11, Hannah Bates/4|
|2nd||10:01||STC||2-0||EV GW||Julia Tylke (10)||Alyssa Erickson/6|
|2nd||13:36||BMJ||1-2||EV||Clair DeGeorge (7)||Paige Beebe/8, Emma Terres/11|
|3rd||10:10||STC||3-1||EV||Hannah Potrykus (4)||Laura Kluge/16, Julia Tylke/6|
|3rd||19:05||STC||4-1||SH EN||Brittney Anderson (1)||-|
|St. Cloud State||1||1||2||4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||6||8||13||27|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Cloud State (8-18-5)||0/0||3/6||1|
|Bemidji State (13-16-3)||0/3||0/0||0|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Emma Polusny (W, 6-8-4)||60:00||1||7||12||16||35|
|Bemidji State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Erin Deters (L, 3-8-2)||58:12||3||5||7||11||23|
BEMIDJI-A three point night from junior forward Julia Tylke guided the St. Cloud State women's hockey team (8-18-5, 6-14-4-1 WCHA) to a 4-1 win over and a road sweep of Bemidji State (13-16-3, 8-12-2-1) on Saturday.
With the win, the Huskies ended their regular season campaign on the highest of highs. The sweep is the team's first on the road in WCHA play since taking two at Ohio State the weekend of Jan. 15-16, 2016.
With the postseason on the horizon, SCSU is undoubtedly playing the best hockey of the season. Since returning from winter break, the Huskies are 5-3-3 (.591) in WCHA league play, unbeaten in four of their last five games (2-1-2) and have scored three or more goals in three of their last four games.
"We just want to keep playing right now," head coach Eric Rud said. "We are playing the right way at the right time of year. Those young ladies deserve a lot of credit for competing hard and earning a sweep on the road this weekend."
Powering SCSU's sweep-sealing effort against the Beavers was junior forward Julia Tylke. The Delafield, Wis., native scored her team-leading ninth and 10th goals in the win as part of a season-best three point outing. After an uncharacteristic scoring drought from early December through the end of January, Tylke has notched four goals and three multi-point efforts in SCSU's last four contests.
"When you're a good player, as long as you are getting chances you are going to break through," Rud said. "She had been getting chances. Her big weekend for us is well-deserved."
Tylke's second tally staked the Huskies to a 2-0 lead near the halfway point of the second period, but BSU pulled within one with 6:24 to play in the middle frame and began applying heavy pressure in search of an equalizer.
After their goal, the Beavers pinned SCSU in its offensive zone for minutes at a time and out-shot SCSU, 16-7, until junior forward Hannah Potrykus curbed their momentum at the 10:10 mark of the third. In the face of BSU's pressure, Potrykus re-gained the Huskies' two-goal advantage by hammering away at a loose puck in the crease.
The goal was her fourth of the season and second in three games.
"That was a good, hard working goal and it came at a big time," Rud said.
Senior defender Brittney Anderson rounded out the scoring and salted the win away with a shorthanded empty netter with under a minute to play.
SCSU's forward trio of Potrykus, Tylke and senior forward Alyssa Erickson has spent significant time together this season, but since being reunited in-game against Minnesota Duluth on January 31 it has played a significant role in its team's recent success.
The three combined for all three goals and five points in Saturday's win and four goals and eight points in the sweep.
"All three have good hockey sense and can read off of each other," Rud said. "They hold onto the puck and give us good minutes in the offensive zone."
"We have been seeing a few more plays offensively from them since we put them back together. They are a line that is playing well when we need them to."
A day after setting the program's single season shutout mark with her fourth clean sheet of the season, freshman goaltender Emma Polusny was again stellar between the pipes with 35 saves against 36 shots. It was the Mound, Minn., native's 10th 30-plus stop outing of her rookie season.
The Huskies finished the regular season with a 6-14-4-1 record and 23 points in league play and an 8-18-5 mark, overall. After starting the season 2-12-0, SCSU was 6-6-5 the rest of the way out, including the 5-3-3 mark in league play and 5-4-3 overall in the second half
St. Cloud State will enjoy a bye week next weekend ahead of the 2018 WCHA Playoffs. The No. 6-seeded Huskies will be on the road for the quarterfinals, scheduled for Friday, February 23 through Sunday, February 25, against the conference's yet to be determined No. 3 seed.