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Women's Hockey: MINN 4, SCSU 1

WOMEN’S HOCKEY: Molli Mott Scores In Loss To #4/5 Minnesota

Saturday, February 5, 2011

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SCSU's Molli Mott netted her fourth career goal against Minnesota today.

Minneapolis, Minn. – St. Cloud State University’s rookie forward Molli Mott (Colorado Springs, Colo.) garnered her fourth career goal in a 4-1 loss against the No. 4/5-ranked Minnesota Gophers on Saturday, Feb. 5, at Ridder Arena.

MINN 4, SCSU 1 – Box Score

The Huskies skated to a scoreless period versus the Gophers in the initial period despite being out-shot 8-12.

Minnesota was the first team to crack the scoreboard at the 10:38 mark of the second period with a power play tally from Amanda Kessel, her 13th of the season. Kelly Terry and Anne Schleper were awarded the assists on the Gopher goal.

St. Cloud State was quick to answer when Mott stormed into the Gopher zone to beat Minnesota’s goalie Noora Raty at 13:24 to even the score, 1-1. Haylea Schmid, a sophomore forward and Oak Grove native, dished out the lone helper on SCSU’s score.

The Gophers regained their lead just before the second intermission on an even-strength rush. Minnesota’s Sarah Davis and Megan Bozek found Becky Kortum for her 13th goal of the season at 19:37 to tab the eventual game-winner.

Early in the final period Minnesota upped its lead to 3-1 when Jen Schoullis pushed the puck past SCSU’s senior netminder Ashley Nixon (Blaine) for her 11th tally of the 2010-11 season at 2:52. The Huskies continued to skate hard in front of an announced crowd of 1,013 in Ridder Arena and managed to fire off seven shots in the final 20 minutes.

At the 14:01 mark, SCSU’s head coach Jeff Giesen called a timeout. The Huskies would eventually pull Nixon from net for 1:36 to gain the extra skater advantage. SCSU’s strategy was to no avail as Minnesota’s Ashley Stenerson charted an empty-net goal with just 11 seconds left on the clock. The goal, which was Stenerson’s first of the season, was assisted by Amanda Kessel and Sarah Erickson.

St. Cloud State’s Ashley Nixon backstopped the Huskies with 39 saves in the loss while Raty improved to 19-5-2 overall, stopping 22 of SCSU’s 23 shots this afternoon. For her efforts, Nixon tabbed the game’s Second Star honors.

The Gophers improved to 20-7-2 overall in 2010-11 (15-7-2-1 WCHA) with the league win after out-shooting the Huskies 43-23.

Mott’s goal against the Gophers today snapped the Huskies scoreless streak against Minnesota this season. Minnesota out-scored the Huskies 20-1 in four league games in 2010-11.

The Huskies (0-28-1, 0-23-1-1 WCHA) will return home to host the Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11-12, in the National Hockey Center. St. Cloud State’s four seniors (Diana Karouzos, Courtney Josefson, Alecia Anderson and Ashley Nixon) will be honored for Senior Day before the contest on Saturday (Feb. 12).

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