|2nd||0:31||MNW||1-0||EV||Lauren Barnes||Amy Menke|
|2nd||6:36||STC||1-1||EV||Alyssa Erickson||Emma Bigham|
|3rd||16:05||STC||2-1||PP GW||Alyssa Erickson||Dana Rasmussen, Brittney Anderson|
|St. Cloud State||0||1||1||2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||8||15||15||38|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Cloud State||1/4||3/6||0|
|Minnesota Whitecaps Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Julie Friend (L)||59:17||2||8||14||14||36|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Taylor Crosby (W)||60:00||1||12||12||11||35|
ST. CLOUD-Alyssa Erickson's heroics rallied the St. Cloud State women's hockey team (1-3-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) past the Minnesota Whitecaps on Friday as the senior forward carried the offense with two goals, including a late game-winner, in a 2-1 exhibition win.
After tying the game at one in the second period, Erickson banged home the decisive goal on the power play off a feed from redshirt sophomore forward Dana Rasmussen with just under four minutes to play. For a beleaguered SCSU power play group that is 0-for-10 in regular season play, getting a big goal in a key situation may just be the boost it needs moving forward.
"We had great movement and some good looks on both power play units," head coach Eric Rud said. "To get the goal was really nice."
The Whitecaps jumped out to the game's first lead, scoring just 31 seconds into the second period. But Erickson's answer 6:05 later, which knotted the score at one, reinvigorated her team and set the stage for what was to come. After a ho-hum opening period, the Huskies enjoyed a 30-24 edge in shots on goal over the final 40 minutes and the momentum paid off with Erickson's winner with 3:55 to play.
"Part of a learning game like this is learning how to win a game," Run said. "We found a way to get better and better after a sloppy start, played our best hockey at the end and finished it off."
The exhibition served as a live training ground for the Huskies' abundance of newcomers. SCSU rolled a plethora of new faces throughout its lineup against the Whitecaps, including eight of its nine freshmen-offering them a chance to find their footing against a quality opponent.
It was also the first action of the season for junior goaltender Taylor Crosby. The Cole Harbor, Nova Scotia native got the start in goal and was solid in her season debut, stopping 35 shots.
"She played well and did a nice job in there," Rud said of Crosby. "She competed hard. It was a good game for her."
"I thought it was a great game for our new faces to get their feet wet and do some good things."
On the other side, SCSU alum Julie Friend shined between the pipes for the Whitecaps, making 36 saves in her return to the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. She was one of four former Huskies to appear in the game, along with forwards Meaghan Pezon and Lauren Hespenheide and defender Laura Martinson. Alumnae Hanna Brodt and Kalli Funk are also expected to play in the series.
"She's had this one marked on the calendar since the schedule game out," Rud said of Friend. "She's a proud alum, was really excited to come back and played great. It was nice to see some Huskies on the ice on the other side."
St. Cloud State wraps up its two-game exhibition set against the Whitecaps on Saturday, October 14 at 3:07 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets at scsutickets.com or at the HBNHC box office on game day. SCSU students with a valid university ID, fans ages 18 and under and Huskies men's hockey season ticket holders receive free admission to all women's hockey home games.