MSU Women’s Hockey ties St. Cloud State 2-2 on Friday

Minnesota State women’s hockey tied St. Cloud State 2-2 on Friday night at Verizon Wireless Center.

After Minnesota State (2-4-1, 0-4-1-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) and St. Cloud State (2-4-1, 1-3-1-1 WCHA) played to a 2-2 tie after regulation and overtime, the Huskies won the shootout 2-1 in eight rounds.

The Mavericks outshot the Huskies 9-6 in the first period, but neither team was able to solve the opposing goalkeeper. The game was scoreless at the first intermission.

St. Cloud State was the aggressor in the second period — outshooting the Mavericks 18-7. The Huskies broke the stalemate at 10:15 when Kayla Friesen got a shot past senior goaltender Brianna Quade (1-3-1), who made 17 of her 29 saves in the second period. However, the Mavericks answered back immediately when freshman forward Demi Gardner scored — the first goal of her collegiate career — at 10:47 in the second, tying the game 1-1.

The Huskies took the lead in the third period on a goal by Payge Pena at 11:47. Minnesota State fought back — outshooting St. Cloud State 10-6 in the third. Sophomore forward Emily Antony scored the equalizer — her second goal of the season — at 18:08 to force overtime.

The Mavericks garnered a 2-1 shot advantage in overtime but neither team scored, and the game went to a shootout.

In the shootout, the Mavericks jumped out to a 1-0 advantage when Antony converted on her attempt. However, Minnesota State would not score again in the shootout and St. Cloud State received makes from Alyssa Erickson and Kelsey Saelensin in the third and eighth rounds, respectively, to earn the 2-1 shootout victory and an extra point in the conference standings.

Antony, junior forward Hannah Davidson and sophomore forward Corbin Boyd each tallied one assist for the Mavericks.

Janine Alder (2-1-1) made 26 saves in goal for the Huskies.

Minnesota State returns to the ice for the conclusion of its two-game series with St. Cloud State at 3:07 p.m., on Saturday at Verizon Wireless Center.

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