|1st||0:37||STC||1-0||EV||Laura Kluge (6)||Kayla Friesen/6|
|2nd||15:49||MND||1-1||EV||Kateřina Mrázová (4)||Ryleigh Houston/11, Ashton Bell/8|
|3rd||4:03||STC||2-1||PP||Hallie Theodosopoulos (3)||Brittney Anderson/4, Laura Kluge/12|
|3rd||16:35||MND||2-2||EV||Naomi Rogge (11)||Anna Klein/1, Sydney Brodt/9|
|3rd||17:28||STC||3-2||EV GW||Hallie Theodosopoulos (4)||Brittney Anderson/5|
|St. Cloud State||1||0||2||3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||11||7||8||26|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota Duluth (10-13-1)||0/2||2/4||0|
|St. Cloud State (6-15-2)||1/2||2/4||0|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Jessica Convery (L, 10-11-1)||58:51||3||10||7||6||23|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Janine Alder (W, 2-9-1)||60:00||2||12||10||14||36|
ST. CLOUD-Sophomore forward Hallie Theodosopoulos's heroics helped the St. Cloud State women's hockey team (6-15-2, 4-11-2 WCHA) emerge from a frantic finish with a 3-2 win over in-state rival Minnesota Duluth (11-13-1, 7-10-1-1) on Friday.
The win not only netted the Huskies three valuable league points against the team directly ahead of them in the standings, but also snapped a nine-game winless drought against the Bulldogs and extended their conference win streak to three games-the program's longest such streak since January 9-16, 2016.
"What a great way to start this weekend," head coach Eric Rud said. "We played really well start to finish tonight, pressured the puck and did not sit back. We went after them."
The two sides traded goals in the opening two periods, which set the stage for a hectic third stanza. Theodosopolous's first of the night, a power play tally, broke the 1-1 deadlock with 15:57 to play and appeared to be the game-winner before a flurry of goals in the final minutes.
UMD equalized with just 3:25 to play by hammering away at the crease. In the past, a late tying goal like that often proved deflating. But not on this night. Undeterred, SCSU came right back 53 seconds later as Theodosopolous landed the decisive blow just by throwing the puck on goal.
"That was a heck of a lot of resilience to come back and keep fighting," Rud said. "We have lost a couple of those games this year, but we have been a different team in the second half and we showed that tonight."
With her two-goal night, Theodosopolous now has three goals and five points in four games to start the second half and has led the way for the Huskies' revitalized offense, which has averaged three goals per game since returning from winter break.
"I am playing more confident," she said. "I was thinking a little bit too much in the first half. But I think everyone on our team has stepped up and it is showing on the scoreboard."
"We have gotten more comfortable," she added. "We are a young team with a lot of new faces, so there was a lot of adjusting in the first half. But things are starting to click now and we are finding our groove."
Freshman forward Laura Kluge opened the scoring just 37 seconds into the contest and added an assist on Theodosopoulos's first goal. The two-point outing was the German rookie's third multi-point effort in her last four games. She paces SCSU with 18 points and is tied for the team lead with six goals.
Kluge and Theodosopoulos's line with sophomore forward Kayla Friesen has been on fire since the break. The trio combined for five points (3-2) in the win over UMD and have totaled nine goals and 15 points in its four second half games.
"They have been a catalyst for us," Rud said. "They certainly have some confidence right now and are having a lot of fun playing with one another."
Sophomore goaltender Janine Alder was sharp in her first start since December 8, turning away 36 shots-her third-straight 30-plus save effort and eight of the season.
St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth will face off tomorrow, Saturday, January 20, outdoors on the shores of Lake George as part of Hockey Day Minnesota on Fox Sports North. It will be the first NCAA women's outdoor game in the 12-year history of the State of Hockey's annual celebration of the sport. Face-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. For more information, please visit scsuhuskies.com.