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Huskies Hanmer Mavericks

02/18/2013 - 12:00 PM

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Over the weekend the SCSU women’s hockey team traveled to Mankato for their final regular season road series. The Huskies were in desperate need for points occupying the bottom spot in the WCHA standings prior to the weekend. In game one on Friday night the Huskies fell behind early as MSU scored 71 seconds into the game. The Huskies regained their composure and battled back to tie the game at one late in the second period on a goal by Senior Captain Haylea Schmid. Schmid’s goal came at the 12:08 mark in the second period and the lone assist was credited to Cari Coen. SCSU took their first lead of the contest at the 4:04 mark in the third period on a goal by senior defender Lisa Martinson. Martinson was helped out by Moli Mott and Abby Ness on the goal. After the Huskies defused a MSU power play the Mavericks were able to muster a full strength goal to tie the game at 2-2 at the 10:59 mark. The Huskies attempt to win in regulation came inches short as a blast by Abby Ness struck the pipe and bounced out. The game would move to overtime and both teams were held scoreless. Tied at two through overtime the game went into a shootout. It was the second shootout on the season for the SCSU Huskies, the first coming in Columbus, Ohio verses Ohio State. Sophomore goaltender Julie Friend stood tall between the pipes in the shootout for the Huskies turning away all three shots she faced while Sophomore defender Audrey Hanmer found the net for the Huskies, propelling SCSU to the shootout win and netting them two points in the WCHA.

Game two at All Season Arena found two of the Huskies Friday heroes at it once again. Julie Friend made her second straight start in net for the Huskies and defender Audrey Hanmer continued her stellar play as she broke a scoreless tie with her second goal in the series. The goal came late in the opening period at the 16:50 mark giving SCSU a 1 -0 advantage. Most impressive about Hanmer’s goal was that it came from the blue line. Both teams played a scoreless second period and St. Cloud State would take advantage of a power play early in the third period and once again it was Audrey Hanmer beating the goaltender unassisted giving the Huskies a 2-0 advantage. For Hanmer, it was her first two-goal game. Those goals were all the Huskies would need as Julie Friend stayed solid between the nets, posting a shutout in the win.

The two wins over the weekend gave the Huskies a total of five WCHA points and lifted them from 13 points in conference play to eighteen. The win enabled the Huskies to leap frog Bemidji State in the standings. Bemidji State gave the University of Minnesota all it could handle in Minneapolis but the Beavers fell 3-2 in overtime. The University of Minnesota will come to the NHEC this weekend along with their 32-0 record and 40 game unbeaten streak. You can hear both games live on 88.1 FM KVSC this Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game will start at 7:07 and Saturday’s game will be an afternoon matinee with a 2:07 puck drop. Don’t miss “The Jeff Geisen Show” that will air during Friday’s drop matchup along with KVSC’s Senior Salute that is set to air during Saturday afternoon’s contest. Stay connected with the latest on our Twitter account.

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