|1st||6:32||CLG||1-0||PP GW||Bailey Larson (1)||Megan Sullivan/1, Olivia Zafuto/1|
|2nd||16:30||CLG||2-0||EV||Shae Labbe (1)||Megan Sullivan/2|
|3rd||0:37||CLG||3-0||EV||Malia Schneider (1)||-|
|3rd||3:39||CLG||4-0||EV DP||Jessie Eldridge (2)||Annika Zalewski/2, Lauren Wildfang/1|
|3rd||9:30||CLG||5-0||EV||Livia Altmann (1)||Annika Zalewski/3, Malia Schneider/1|
|St. Cloud State||0||0||0||0|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||7||5||5||17|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Cloud State (1-3-0)||0/5||3/6||0|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Emma Polusny (L, 1-1-0)||60:00||5||10||18||5||33|
|Liz Auby (W, 2-0-0)||59:34||0||7||5||5||17|
HAMILTON, N.Y.-Despite a reinvigorated effort, the St. Cloud State women's hockey team (1-3-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) was unable to pull itself back from an early deficit and No. 10 Colgate (2-0-0, 0-0-0 ECAC) ran away late as the Huskies suffered a 5-0 setback and a series sweep on Saturday.
The inexperience of this season's green SCSU team-which features 18 underclassmen-showed against the Raiders' veteran-laden roster this weekend. It was nowhere more evident than on offensive rushes, where the Huskies' lack of rapport was apparent.
"We played like an inexperienced group," head coach Eric Rud said. "It was better today, but we're trying to tighten up our overall game. We are not a cohesive unit right now and we knew that would be the case. That is the nature of having so many new faces in the lineup."
SCSU has now been shutout in three of its first four games this season and its three goals over that span equal the program's lowest-ever scoring start to a campaign. But early offensive difficulties can be expected from young groups still striving to find the right mix.
"We shuffled lines a bit tonight and we will mix them up again for next Friday," Rud said. "That is the way is early when you have a lot of new faces. You're trying to see who has chemistry and where you can find it."
"We're seeing little pieces that lead us to believe we're going in the right direction."
After falling behind, 1-0, early in the first period, power plays helped SCSU find its offensive footing. But, after an evenly contested opening frame, Colgate pulled away in the second. The Raiders out-shot the Huskies, 19-5, in the middle stanza and pounced on a fortunate bounce just before intermission to double its lead-which broke the game open and permanently tilted the momentum in their favor. Colgate ran away in the third, tacking on three more goals to round out its scoring.
After a narrow, 11-7, shots on goal edge in the first, the Raiders more than doubled up SCSU, 27-10, over the final 40 minutes.
But, after what he deemed a "passive" offensive effort in the series opener, Rud was encouraged by the way his team bounced back on Saturday, especially on the power play. Though the Huskies went 0-for-5 with the man advantage, their puck movement was much-improved and led to a handful of quality opportunities to knot the score in the first period.
Overall, six skaters charted multiple shots on goal in the series finale after SCSU managed only seven total as a team on Friday.
"We played a lot harder and played to them more, which resulted in more offensive chances," Rud said. "We competed harder tonight than we did last night and put ourselves in a better position."
Though she took her first career loss, freshman Emma Polusny was solid between the pipes with 33 saves-her second-straight 30-plus save performance.
St. Cloud State comes back home next weekend to host the Minnesota Whitecaps for a pair of exhibition games on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:07 p.m. on both days at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. Hockey fans can purchase tickets for those contests at scsutickets.com. SCSU students with a valid university ID, youth ages 18 and under and Huskies men's hockey season ticket holders receive free admission to all women's hockey home games.