|1st||4:42||STC||1-0||EV||Hallie Theodosopoulos (5)||Laura Kluge/13, Kayla Friesen/7|
|2nd||11:00||MND||1-1||EV GT||Naomi Rogge (12)||McKenzie Revering/1, Jalyn Elmes/11|
|St. Cloud State||1||0||0||0||1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||6||6||4||1||17|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota Duluth (10-13-2)||0/5||1/2||0|
|St. Cloud State (6-15-3)||0/1||5/10||0|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Catherine Johnson (T, 0-2-1)||65:00||1||5||6||4||1||16|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Emma Polusny (T, 4-6-2)||31:00||1||11||11||0||0||22|
ST. CLOUD-With St. Cloud's Lake George as their backdrop, the St. Cloud State women's hockey team (6-15-3, 4-11-2-0 WCHA) and Minnesota Duluth (10-13-2, 6-10-1) made Hockey Day Minnesota's first-ever women's collegiate outdoor game a memorable one-battling to a 1-1 draw before a thrilling sixth round shootout as part of Saturday's statewide festivities.
Huskies senior defender and captain Brittney Anderson, who played her high school hockey in the State of Hockey at Hill-Murray, provided the hometown fans a happy ending-scoring in the sixth round of the shootout to earn her team Hockey Day bragging rights for the second-straight season.
It is not the first time Anderson has come through in the clutch on Hockey Day Minnesota. The Hudson, Wis., native scored the shootout-tying goal in SCSU's win over Minnesota State as part of last season's event.
"Shootouts aren't my forte," Anderson said. "It always seems to get thrown on me, but it is always exciting when you get the opportunity."
"It was amazing," she added. "It was fun to be out here and playing outdoors. It was honestly the best experience, hockey-wise, for me."
With the tie and shootout win, SCSU finished the weekend unbeaten and continued their second half momentum. The Huskies are 3-1-1 since the break, including a three-game winning streak in conference play.
"We have been playing some very good hockey and it was nice to get rewarded with two wins," head coach Eric Rud said. "I was proud of how we came focused and ready to go. We were able to enjoy the experience, but still play well. It was really fun."
After sophomore forward Hallie Theodosopoulos's third goal of the weekend opened the scoring early in the first period, SCSU's pair of goaltenders both turned in standout efforts to push the game to overtime after UMD equalized in the middle frame and set up Anderson's heroics in the shootout.
Freshman Emma Polusny and sophomore Janine Alder split time in the game and each made 22 saves as the Huskies were out-shot, 44-17. Alder's performance was especially impressive. After relieving Polusny, as planned, midway through the second period she shutout the Bulldogs for the rest of regulation and overtime and made six saves in the shootout.
"There are no words for this. This is such a special event and it was a heck of an atmosphere," Alder said. "There is no strategy for approaching a shootout. You just have to stay focused. I felt really good all day today and knew we had to win that shootout."
The game and event not only provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and memory for every player, coach and staff member involved, but was a stunning visual showcase for the host city of St. Cloud, the university, the SCSU women's hockey program and the growing women's game.
"It is such good recognition for our program, the league and women's hockey in general," Rud said. "Hopefully people got to see how good this hockey is and came to appreciate it as much as those of us who are involved do."
St. Cloud State returns to action next weekend on the road at WCHA rival Wisconsin. The Huskies and Badgers will face off on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28 at 2:07 p.m. Sunday's contest will be broadcast live by Fox Sports North.