It was a tough Tuesday night for the Minnesota State women’s hockey team, as the St. Cloud State Huskies rolled into Mankato, and scored a 4-1 victory at the Verizon Center.
The first period was mostly dominated by the Mavericks, but you could hardly tell by the numbers on the scoreboard.
The Mavs outshot St. Cloud State, with 17 shots on goal to the Huskies’ seven.
The Mavs also won the faceoff battle in the period, winning 10 of 17 faceoffs. Regardless, the game was scoreless throughout the period, as Huskies goalie Emma Polusny stopped all 17 shots that went her way.
The second period saw the Huskies up their offensive attack, this time putting up 13 shots on goal. They converted on three shots in the period, including one on what would be the only power play of the game for either team.
The Mavericks still put up 14 shots of their own, but Polusny continued to shut down the Mavericks’ attack as the Huskies pulled the game out of reach.
By the time the third period came around, it would have taken a miracle for a Mavericks comeback, and both offenses were stagnant for the majority of the period. When the next goal was scored with under four minutes to play, it was St. Cloud adding onto their lead.
Maverick goalie Abigail Levy finished with 25 saves on 29 shots.
The Mavericks, however, were determined to get on the board, and would accomplish a score late in the period, with junior Taylor Gulenchyn powering the shot through.
The loss is a continuation of a frustrating WCHA campaign for the Maverick women. The Mavs drop to 3-12-3 in WCHA play, and to 9-13-5 on the year. It has been a struggle ever since November ended, as they have won only once in their last twelve contests.
The Mavericks will now hit the road this coming weekend, as the team faces of against Wisconsin this Saturday and Sunday in Madison, Wisconsin. Hopefully the team can grind out a couple of victories.
Feature photo by Kjerstin Hall | MSU Reporter.