|2nd||1:08||STC||1-0||EV GW||Kayla Friesen (1)||Laura Kluge/5, Dana Rasmussen/1|
|2nd||19:37||STC||2-0||PP||Alyssa Erickson (3)||Emma Turbyville/4, Rachel Herzog/1|
|3rd||0:37||STC||3-0||PP||Abby Thiessen (2)||Brittney Anderson/2, Laura Kluge/6|
|3rd||2:15||STC||4-0||EV||Laura Kluge (4)||Brittney Anderson/3, Julia Tylke/2|
|St. Cloud State||0||2||2||4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||8||9||11||28|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bemidji State (5-9-2)||0/3||3/17||0|
|St. Cloud State (3-12-0)||2/4||3/6||0|
|Bemidji State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Erin Deters (L, 3-6-2)||60:00||4||8||7||9||24|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Emma Polusny (W, 2-4-0)||60:00||0||12||9||5||26|
ST. CLOUD-The St. Cloud State women's hockey team (3-12-0, 1-9-0-0 WCHA) put on a show for a season-best crowd on its inaugural "Pack the HBNHC" night, as four different players scored in a breakout offensive performance and 4-0 non-conference win over Bemidji State (5-9-2, 3-6-1-1) on Wednesday.
The contest was the first non-conference tilt between the two in-state rivals since SCSU's inaugural 1998-99 campaign. The victory was the Huskies' first shutout win of the year, tied for their best offensive outing of the season and a well-earned reward for an SCSU team that has put together a string of positive efforts but, until Wednesday, had not been rewarded in the win column.
"We have been building to having a breakout game like this," head coach Eric Rud said. "We have played some good hockey so it was nice to get rewarded."
After a back-and-forth opening two periods, a Bemidji State five minute major late in the second stanza permanently turned the tide in the Huskies favor. With SCSU holding on to a 1-0 lead, its dormant power play erupted and seized the momentum on the ensuing man advantage as both junior forward Alyssa Erickson and sophomore defender Abby Thiessen capitalized late in the second frame and early in the third, respectively-which snapped an 0-for-14 stretch on the power play.
"It was great to get a power play goal and have that feeling again," Rud said. "Our power play has looked better and felt better recently, so to get a couple there was really important."
Sophomore forward Kayla Friesen's first goal of the season opened the scoring early in the second and freshman forward Laura Kluge rounded out the offense early in the third to cap a three-point night-her second such performance of the season. She is the first Husky to notch multiple three-point efforts as a rookie since both Caitlin Hogan and Holly Roberts accomplished the feat in 2006-07.
"She has a unique ability to create offense out of nothing," Rud said of Kluge. "She is certainly settling in and it feel like she is getting better every game. The best of her hockey is still to come."
Kluge's speed made her dangerous all night and she was an integral part of her team's breakout offensive effort. Rud also credited Kluge's hockey sense for her strong start to the season and believes her best hockey is "still to come" as the Berlin, Germany native further acclimates herself to life in college hockey and the WCHA.
"It takes awhile to get used to the high level of play here," Kluge said. "As a team, we have improved over the last few weeks and that culminated with a win today."
"We will start to work again after the break and build off of what we did today," she added. "From there we will see what can happen."
Freshman goaltender Emma Polusny got her first start since November 4 and notched her first career shutout while picking up her second win of the season. The rookie from Mound, Minn., was flawless on 26 shots.
"She was in control right from the get-go," Rud said of Polusny. "When she's playing her best she is calm and she was calm and played great tonight."
After its nine-day break, St. Cloud State will hit the road and resume WCHA play at Ohio State. The two-game conference set will take place Friday, December 1 at 5:07 p.m. (CT) and Saturday, December 2 at 2:07 p.m., in Columbus, Ohio.