|1st||1:55||MIN||1-0||EV||Lindsay Agnew (4)||Taylor Williamson/1, Sophie Skarzynski/17|
|1st||6:11||STC||1-1||PP||Hallie Theodosopoulos (7)||Abby Thiessen/6, Laura Kluge/14|
|1st||8:22||MIN||2-1||EV||Lindsay Agnew (5)||Taylor Williamson/2, Sophie Skarzynski/18|
|2nd||9:29||MIN||3-1||EV GW||Sydney Baldwin (9)||Grace Zumwinkle/18|
|2nd||14:17||MIN||4-1||EV||Cara Piazza (9)||Emily Brown/6, Caitlin Reilly/16|
|3rd||3:42||MIN||5-1||EV||Sydney Baldwin (10)||Grace Zumwinkle/19, Alex Woken/11|
|3rd||16:12||STC||2-5||PP||Hannah Potrykus (3)||Emma Turbyville/10, Rachel Herzog/3|
|St. Cloud State||1||0||1||2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||5||2||4||11|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Cloud State (6-18-5)||2/5||5/10||0|
|Sidney Peters (W, 13-6-1)||59:46||2||4||2||3||9|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Emma Polusny (L, 4-8-4)||59:54||5||10||10||10||30|
ST. CLOUD-Playing its fifth conference game in eight days days, a visibly taxed St. Cloud State women's hockey team (6-18-5, 4-14-4-1 WCHA) faded after a back and forth start and suffered a 5-2 Senior Day setback to No. 7 Minnesota on Saturday.
The Huskies have been put through a grinder over the last week-plus with four physically demanding games against ranked opponents, as well as a midweek -which finally caught up to them in the series finale against the Gophers.
"It is not an excuse, but we were out of gas a little bit physically and a lot mentally," head coach Eric Rud said. "It was draining. We have had hard game after hard game over the last week."
"We would have needed a little help today to have a better result."
The two sides went back and forth in a three-goal first period, including sophomore forward Hallie Theodosopoulos's power play marker and team-leading seventh goal of the season that briefly drew SCSU level at one. But Minnesota re-gained its lead just over two minutes later and rattled off three more strikes-two in the second stanza and one in the third-to push its advantage to an insurmountable 5-1.
The Huskies were out-shot, 35-11, in the game, which was their second-lowest shots on goal output this season.
"We were way too easy to play against," Rud said. "But that is not something we have been doing over the last month so it is not something to be concerned about."
Senior defender Emma Turbyville set up junior forward Hannah Potrykus for a tipped goal on the man advantage late in the third to cut the Huskies' deficit to three, but at that point the game's result was already written.
The assist, though, was Turbyville's second of the weekend and 10th of the season. The Chicago native is enjoying a career year in her senior season with a career-high 10 assists and points from the blue line-more than double her previous bests.
"She has worked hard to get better every single year that she has been here and she is having a great senior year," Rud said. "We have her in a better spot on her off side and that has helped. That puts her in a stronger shooting position by putting your eyes in a better spot to shoot."
The loss was the final home game for Turbyville and the other three members of SCSU's Class of 2018-senior forward Alyssa Erickson, senior defender Brittney Anderson and redshirt junior goaltender Taylor Crosby-and each made a noticeable impact against Minnesota. All three skaters notched at least a point in the series, led by Anderson and Turbyville with two assists apiece.
"They all had a great weekend," Rud said.
St. Cloud State heads on the road next weekend for its regular season finale at Bemidji State. The Huskies and Beavers will face off on Friday, February 9 at 7:07 p.m. and Saturday, February 10 at 3:07 p.m.