|1st||5:39||WIS||1-0||EV GW||Presley Norby (7)||Lauren Williams/7, Sophia Shaver/6|
|2nd||13:02||WIS||2-0||EV||Claudia Kepler (11)||Mikaela Gardner/12, Sophia Shaver/7|
|3rd||15:13||WIS||3-0||EV||Sophia Shaver (9)||Maddie Rowe/5, Mikaela Gardner/13|
|St. Cloud State||0||0||0||0|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||4||8||4||16|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Cloud State (3-14-2)||0/3||3/6||0|
|Kristen Campbell (W, 21-1-0)||59:45||0||4||8||4||16|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Emma Polusny (L, 2-5-1)||60:00||3||16||9||15||40|
ST. CLOUD-Fatigue and continued offensive struggles caught up to the St. Cloud State women's hockey team (3-14-2, 1-11-2-0 WCHA) on Saturday as the worn down Huskies were shutout for the second-straight night and swept by No. 1 Wisconsin (21-1-0, 12-0-0-0), 3-0, in their last game before the winter break.
SCSU was visibly spent after hanging tough and closely contesting Friday's narrow, 1-0, loss to the Badgers. Sloppy and careless decisions with the puck were plentiful and the offense was limited to just 16 shots on goal as the Huskies were shutout for the second time in the series, third-straight game, overall, and the 11th time in 19 games this season.
"There is no doubt fatigue caught up to us, especially mentally," head coach Eric Rud said. "We weren't there tonight right from the get-go. It was a disappointing way to end the first half, but not unexpected."
"Last night in a close game we were stretching and competing hard all the way through," he added. "When you have to expend that much energy it catches up to you."
Freshman goaltender Emma Polusny mitigated the damage with a standout 40-save effort, but she was only able to do so much against UW's potent attack, which ranks No. 1 in the WCHA and No. 7 nationally. The Badgers racked up 43 shots on goal and created beneficial bounces to score in each period and send the Huskies into the break with a loss.
Wisconsin's goal 5:39 into the opening period ended Polusny's shutout streak at 151:29. After another superb effort on Saturday, the Mound, Minn., native now boasts a .957 save percentage in her last four starts-which is tops in the conference in that span
"She has been fun to watch," Rud said of Polusny. "She played great again tonight and she should leave the first half of her freshman year with a lot of confidence."
Offense continues to be SCSU's bugaboo. The Huskies head into break having been shutout in their last three games and their last 237:06 of play. It is the third time already this season they have been shutout in three or more consecutive games.
Despite its struggles on the scoreboard, SCSU was unbeaten in three of its last five first half games (1-2-2) and saw its defense and plethora of new faces make significant strides in that time. With those improvements, Rud believes the team will be able to devote more time to finding the right line combinations and improving its scoring in the second half.
"That is going to determine how the second part of our season is going to go," Rud said. "We've seen a glimpse in the last few weeks of what we can become now that we are all on the same page."
"Now we can hopefully spend more time focusing on how to create offense," he added. "Our new players have been here and seen the way we want to do things, which hurt them, especially offensively, early on."
St. Cloud State returns to action and opens the season's second half on Friday, January 5 and Saturday, January 6 at home against Minnesota State. Game times are 6:07 p.m., and 2:07 p.m., respectively, at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. Tickets are available at scsutickets.com or at the arena box office on game day. SCSU students with a valid university ID, fans ages 18 and under and men's hockey season ticket holders receive free admission to all women's hockey home games.