|1st||15:46||STC||1-0||EV||Alyssa Erickson||Emma Turbyville, Julia Tylke|
|2nd||1:11||STC||2-0||EV||Hallie Theodosopoulos||Laura Kluge, Julia Tylke|
|2nd||4:41||STC||3-0||PP GW||Brittney Anderson||Hallie Theodosopoulos|
|2nd||12:03||STC||4-0||EV||Laura Kluge||Hallie Theodosopoulos, Tatum Coats|
|3rd||2:00||STC||5-1||EV||Hallie Theodosopoulos||Laura Kluge, Kayla Friesen|
|3rd||4:04||STC||6-1||EV||Dana Rasmussen||Jordan Stewart|
|3rd||11:59||MNW||2-6||EV||Haylea Schmid||Becky Kortum, Lauren Barnes|
|3rd||12:28||STC||7-2||EV||Brooke Kudirka||Jordan Stewart, Rachel Herzog|
|St. Cloud State||1||3||3||7|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||9||17||11||37|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Cloud State||1/2||0/0||0|
|Minnesota Whitecaps Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Shyler Sletta (L)||40:00||4||8||14||0||22|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Janine Alder (W)||29:19||0||11||1||0||12|
ST. CLOUD-Four points from sophomore forward Hallie Theodosopoulos fueled the St. Cloud State women's hockey team's (5-15-2, 3-11-2-0 WCHA) offensive outburst in a 7-2 exhibition win over the Minnesota Whitecaps on Saturday.
For the Huskies, the seven goal surge was a continuation of the offensive momentum they have been able to generate so far in the season's second half. Including Saturday's exhibition, the team has averaged four goals per game since the break and has done so with contributions throughout the lineup.
Six different SCSU players scored in the win over the Whitecaps and 11 recorded at least a point, including four multi-point efforts.
"We have consistently created offense in all four of our games since the break," head coach Eric Rud said. "We were working toward that throughout the first half. We've been able to create a lot of good quality scoring chances."
"It is not a surprise that it took us awhile to get going in the first half," he added. "With so many new faces it takes awhile to find some combinations and to find a rhythm with your team. We felt it was coming before the break, so to see us pick right up and continue that momentum is nice to see."
No player represents the Huskies' recent breakthrough on an individual level better than Theodosopolous. After tallying just one assist in 19 games prior to winter break, the Brookings, S.D., native has three points (2-1) in three games since and led the way against the Whitecaps with a team-high two goals and two assists.
"Hallie is a very good hockey player and she puts herself in good spots," Rud said. "She has always had consistent effort and passion, but despite getting chances, nothing found its way into the net. But she is playing confident and now that is happening."
After a tightly-contested opening period, Theodosopoulos scored her first early in the second and set up two more goals all within a 10:52 span to blow the game open and stake her team to a 4-0 lead. The Huskies added three more goals in the final frame, including Theodosopoulos's second, to round out their scoring.
The Whitecaps twice cut into the lead, narrowing their deficit to 4-1 late in the second and 6-2 on a goal from SCSU alumni Haylea Schmid ('13) in the third, but the Huskies responded promptly on both occasions to squash any comeback hopes their opponents harbored.
Theodosopoulos's success has come after being put on a line with sophomore forward Kayla Friesen and freshman forward Laura Kluge. The line combined for three goals and eight points against the Whitecaps and five goals and 10 points in three games since the break, which Rud credits to the trio's collective high hockey IQ.
"They seem to find each other naturally," he said. "That line has found some chemistry."
The exhibition was St. Cloud State's final tune-up before stepping into the Hockey Day Minnesota spotlight next weekend. The Huskies will host in-state rival Minnesota Duluth on Friday, January 19 at 3:07 p.m. at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center before meeting the Bulldogs outdoors at Eastman Park on Saturday, January 20 at 1 p.m. as part of the State of Hockey's celebration of the sport.
This is the second-straight season the SCSU women will be featured on Hockey Day Minnesota and the first time an NCAA Div. I women's hockey game will be played outside as part of the festivities. For ticket and other information please visit scsuhuskies.com.