|1st||5:01||STC||1-0||EV GW||Laura Kluge (5)||Hallie Theodosopoulos/2|
|1st||15:43||STC||2-0||EV||Emma Bigham (2)||Janna Haeg/2|
|3rd||14:11||STC||3-0||EV||Kayla Friesen (2)||Laura Kluge/9|
|3rd||18:30||STC||4-0||EV||Hallie Theodosopoulos (1)||-|
|3rd||19:24||STC||5-0||EV||Hannah Potrykus (1)||Alyssa Erickson/2, Julia Tylke/3|
|St. Cloud State||2||0||3||5|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||9||9||16||34|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota State (3-17-1)||0/2||2/4||0|
|St. Cloud State (4-14-2)||0/2||2/4||0|
|Minnesota State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kathryn Bidulka (L, 1-12-0)||59:29||5||7||9||13||29|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Emma Polusny (W, 3-5-1)||60:00||0||9||6||8||23|
ST. CLOUD, Minn. - The St. Cloud State University women's hockey team (4-14-2,2-12-0 WCHA) kicked off the 2018 portion of its season with a solid 5-0 victory over WCHA rival Minnesota State Mankato (3-17-1, 1-12-0 WCHA) on Friday, Jan. 5 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.
The Huskies controlled the offense from the early going as Laura Kluge posted the game winner at 5:01 of the first period with an assist from Hallie Theodosopoulus, which made it 1-0. Kluge now has five goals for SCSU this season, which is tied with Julia Tylke for the team's goal lead this winter.
SCSU padded its lead to 2-0 with a marker by Emma Bigham at 15:43 of the second, which was assisted by Janna Haeg. This was Bigham's second goal of the season.
After a scoreless second period, Kayla Friesen notched her second goal of the season with a goal at 14:11 of the third period. Kluge tallied her ninth assist of the season on the play. Kluge currently leads the Huskies this season in scoring with 14 points. She is a freshman forward from Berlin, Germany.
Theodosopoulus scored her first goal of the season at 18:30 of the third period, which provided the Huskies with a 4-0 lead on the unassisted goal. To complete the night, Hannah Potrykus posted her first goal of the season at 19:24 of the third period. Alyssa Erickson and Tylke each had assists on the play for the Huskies.
In the contest, SCSU outshot the Mavericks 34-23. Emma Polusny was the goalie of record for SCSU with 23 saves in the game. This was her third shutout of the season. Katie Bidulka had 29 saves for MSU in the game. On the power play, SCSU was 0-2 and it was also a perfect 2-2 on the penalty kill vs. MSU.
The two teams will complete their weekend series at the HBNHC on Saturday, Jan. 6 with a 2:07 p.m. start in St. Cloud. Tickets for this game are available at the gate and all SCSU students get in free for all regular season home games at the HBNHC.