St. Cloud State women's hockey (3-7-0, 3-7-0 WCHA) goaltender Emma Polusny stopped 33 shots, including 17 in the second period, while freshmen Emma Gentry and Nicole Ness each scored goals to key a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Bemidji State (1-7-1, 1-7-1 WCHA) on Friday night. Despite being outshot 34-17, SCSU's defense stood strong against the Beavers throughout the evening.
The Huskies struggled early in the first period as they were outshot 10-3 and surrendered a goal to Paige Beebe just four minutes into the game. A Beavers' penalty with under a minute to go in the opening session sparked a second-period SCSU rally.
Two and a half minutes into the second, the Huskies' freshmen line of Mackenzie Bourgerie, Allison Green and Ness created an excellent scoring chance as Bourgerie snagged a pass from Green behind the BSU net and backhanded a centering pass to Ness, who fired in her first collegiate goal to even the game at one. At the 11:19 mark, SCSU took the lead on a brilliant play by their second line. Defender McKenna Wesloh rifled a shot from the left circle towards the net that was redirected just outside the crease by Taylor Lind. With the Beavers' goaltender forced to reposition, Gentry crashed in from the slot and tipped in her third marker of the season. The Huskies' incredible penalty kill eliminated what would turn out to be the only Bemidji State power play of the game a few minutes later, and Emma Polusny saved all 17 shots she faced in the period.
SCSU used a pair of third period power plays to create a great deal of offensive zone time, going on to outshoot Bemidji State 8-7. Lind added the final blow with 20 seconds left in the game, stealing away the puck in the BSU zone and tossing in an empty-net goal for her second tally of the campaign.
Klara Hymlarova led an outstanding 23-16 (59.0%) Huskies advantage in the circle, winning 11 of 19 draws to go with her team-best two blocks.
The Huskies and the Beavers conclude their series on Saturday at 3:07 p.m. CST at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The game may be streamed live on both FloHockey and KVSC 88.1 FM.