St. Cloud State Women's Hockey team came out fast and determined for game two of the weekend against Lindenwood University. Olivia Cvar took two early penalties in the first period, but the Huskies responded well killing off both penalties. Once returned to full strength, the Huskies dominated the remainder of the period. Junior Emma Bigham notched her first goal of the season for the Huskies at 10:32. Bigham was assisted by Hallie Theodosopoulos. Under three minutes later, Klara Hymlarova scored a second goal for the Huskies, for her second career goal. Hymlarova was assisted by senior Rachel Herzog at 13:09. A few minutes later, the Huskies had a powerplay opportunity where senior Dana Rasmussen capitalized to give the Huskies a three goal lead. Rasmussen was assisted by Klara Hymlarova and Abby Thiessen.
The second period started with senior Abby Thiessen taking a penalty just 32 second into the period, but the Huskies stayed disciplined successfully killed off a third penalty. Nine minutes later, the Lions took a penalty giving the Huskies a second powerplay opportunity. The Huskies took full advantage as sophomore Jenniina Nylund scored a fourth goal. Rachel Herzog took a penalty at 11:37 into the second period, where the Lions capitalized to break the Huskies' four goal lead. Goaltender Emma Polusny made 11 saves for the Huskies in the second period.
The Huskies ended up going 3-4 on the powerplay against Lindenwood, as they notched a 5th goal at 7:51 in the third period. Sophomore Olivia Hanson tallied her first career goal as a Husky. Hanson's powerplay goal was assisted by Hymlarova and Thiessen. The Huskies defeated the Lions 5-1 in game two on the weekend. Emma Polusny had a game total of 35 saves for the Huskies. Eight different Huskies tallied points in game two.
"We are happy with how we played. Coming off of a break, I think it was good to get some goals under our belt and for some players to know what it feels like to be in those situations. I thought there were moments where we got away from our game plan a little bit, where we need to learn to improve on in terms of moving the puck and having better puck management in certain situations. But overall, I'm obviously really happy with how we played today," said Head Coach Steve Macdonald after today's 5-1 victory.
Klara Hymlarova: 4 points (1g, 3a)
Abby Thiessen: 3 points (3a)
Emma Polusny: 35 saves (.972 SV %)
The Huskies return home this weekend for two conference games against No. 2 Wisconsin November 22/23. Game one is Friday at 6:07pm at the Herb Brooks NHC, and game two is Saturday at 3:07pm at the same place! Friday, Nov. 22 is also Faculty Game Day for the Huskies.