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Maguet Scores Five Points, Huskies Win 9-3!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

SCSU's Denelle Maguet Scored Five Points against UND.

When it rains it pours, as St. Cloud State University's women's hockey team (9-13-1, 6-10-1 WCHA), led by junior forward and assistant captain Denelle Maguet, defeated the University of North Dakota (5-16-2, 1-14-2 WCHA) at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in conference action today, 9-3. With the win, the Huskies collect their second road win of the season and match their victory total from last season at nine total wins.

The Huskies cruised out of the gates into the first period, scoring three unanswered goals and out-shooting UND 11-9. Junior forward Hailey Clarkson gave SCSU a 1-0 lead at 3:44 in the period with her 11th goal of the season. Clarkson's goal was assisted by assistant captain Maguet, which marks her 11th assist on the season. The Huskies jumped out with a 2-0 lead at 16:46 with a back-handed five hole goal from the boards by freshman Sammy Nixon. Nixon's goal, which marked her second of the season, was assisted by senior defender Kelly Stewart. Just over two minutes later, SCSU extended its lead to 3-0 with a blistering slap shot goal from sophomore defender Brittni Kuyper from just inside the blue line at 18:26. Kuyper was assisted by Maguet and Oonincx. SCSU's junior assistant captain goaltender Lauri St. Jacques finished the period with nine saves and held UND to 0-of-1 in power play opportunities. North Dakota's goaltender Margaret-Ann Hinkley finished the period with eight saves.

In the second period, North Dakota's head coach Shantel Rivard made a goaltender switch as Amber Hasbargen took over the UND responsibilities between the pipes. SCSU's Oonincx tallied her 12th goal of the season to boost the Husky lead to 4-0 just 34 seconds into the period. Maguet tallied her third assist in the game and 13th on the season. Just over a minute later, UND's Melissa Jaques got her team on the scoreboard with an even strength goal at 1:37. Devon Fingland collected the assist on the goal. SCSU's penalty kill stayed strong as four Huskies earned penalties in the second period alone. At 13:16, Clarkson scored her second goal of the game to increase the Husky lead to 5-1. Oonincx and Maguet boosted Clarkson with the assists. UND would not back down as they cut the SCSU lead to 5-2 with a one-timer power play goal from Cristey Allen at 14:45. Fingland and Jaques collected the assists on the goal. UND's Hasbargen notched 12 saves in the period and SCSU's St. Jacques matched her saves from the first period at nine.

With 20 minutes left to play, the Huskies jumped out with their sixth goal of the game just 1:15 into the third period. Freshman forward Megan McCarthy extended the SCSU lead to 6-2 with her second goal of the season in the slot.  Senior forward Ashley Stewart earned her 14th assist of the season on the goal. At 13:00 minutes even, it was none other than SCSU's Maguet padding her game points with her 10th goal of the season inside the crease. To UND's credit, they never backed down as just over a minute later North Dakota's Christy Carlson notched her second goal of the season to cut the Husky lead to 7-3. SCSU unleashed the dogs as they poured in two more goals before the end of the game and notched three goals in just 3:13 minutes of play. McCarthy connected for her second goal of the game at 15:59 and SCSU's Jackie Jensen scored just 17 seconds later following a face off to score her third goal of the game and complete the 9-3 victory for the SCSU Huskies.

The Huskies never let up in the third period as they out-shot UND 19-7 and scored four goals. "I am proud of our team," said SCSU's head coach Jason Lesteberg. "We stayed aggressive and never quit." SCSU's penalty kill held UND's power play attack to just 1-of-4 and SCSU's offense out-shot UND in the game 44-27.

SCSU's Maguet finished her career game with five total points (1 g, 4 a) as she achieved the playmaker award. The last Husky players to accomplish a playmaker award were Hailey Clarkson and Ashley Stewart who each collected three assists in a 6-2 victory over Bemidji State on Oct. 22, 2005.

"We came out aggressive as a team tonight and were all over the ice," commented SCSU's Denelle Maguet. "It was a great team effort, there were lots of passing plays, and we need to build on this momentum for tomorrow afternoon."

Oonincx and Clarkson finished the game with three points apiece. Oonincx tallied one goal and two assists to extend her season point total to 30 points (12 g, 18 a). Clarkson collected two goals and one assist for 28 points on the season.

Other Huskies who tallied season points were: Sammy Nixon (1 g, 1 a), Kelly Stewart (1 a), Brittni Kuyper (1 g), Megan McCarthy (2 g), Jackie Jensen (1 g) and Amy Currier (1 a).

SCSU's St. Jacques finished the game with 24 saves in 59:57 minutes of play. "I felt confident in the net today," said St. Jacques. "We need to stay focused and be prepared for tomorrow because anything can happen in the WCHA," added St. Jacques.

The Huskies tallied their second road win of the season and improve their overall record to 9-13-1 overall and 6-10-1 WCHA. "We came out flying today, were focused and ready for North Dakota," said Lesteberg. "Today we did a great job of getting shots to the net and getting traffic out in front."

When asked about the team's effort, Lesteberg replied, "Our top line (Denelle, Clarkson and Oonincx) continues to be the catalysts of our team. Lauri (St. Jacques) played extremely well for us in net."

SCSU looks to complete its road sweep over North Dakota as the Huskies will face UND at the Ralph Engelstad Arena for a 3:07 p.m. tilt on Sunday, Jan. 22. Of note, the nine goals scored today by the Huskies marks the most goals in a game from the Husky offense this season and the second game in school history that the Huskies have scored nine goals in a WCHA game (last nine-goal game was a 9-4 victory against Wisconsin on January 12, 2001).

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