VAIL, Colo. - Hayley Masters scored her first collegiate goal, and Sarah Foss made 26 saves in her first collegiate start, but St. Cloud State went 2-of-2 on the power play en route to a 3-2 win over the Northeastern women's ice hockey team (5-8-1) on Saturday afternoon at Dobson Arena.
Kelly Wallace also scored for Northeastern, who went 0-of-2 on the power play and were outshot 29-27 in the game. SCSU received goals from three different scorers as well as 25 saves from Katie Fitzgerald.
St. Cloud State controlled the flow of the contest for much of the first period, outshooting Northeastern 10-6 and taking a 2-1 lead through the first 20 minutes of play. SCSU went up 1-0 just 4:16 into the game when Cari Coen took a feed from Audrey Hanmer and ripped a shot past Foss for her second of the season with St. Cloud State on the power play.
The Huskies would answer less than eight minutes later to level the score at one when Chelsey Goldberg hit Masters with a pass, who then sent a hard shot through Fitzgerald for her first collegiate goal. SCSU, however, would strike back three minutes following the Masters tally with their second power play goal of the afternoon. Skye Kelly gave St. Cloud a 2-1 edge with 5:31 left in the frame when she received a pass from Michelle Burke and sent a shot past Foss for her first of the year.
Both netminders were tested throughout the second period, with NU holding a slight 16-14 edge in shots on goal, while each squad netted a goal during the middle frame to send SCSU into the locker room with a 3-2 advantage. Northeastern tied the game at two a side eight minutes into the stanza when Wallace scored her second goal of the weekend, and seventh of the season. Paige Savage began the play by sending a pass up to Colleen Murphy stationed at the point. Murphy's initial shot was saved by Fitzgerald, but Wallace was there to hammer home the rebound to make it 2-2.
St. Cloud State went back up yet again halfway through the second when Julia Gilbert knocked home her fifth of the year off a feed from Burke.
The defenses each stepped up in the third period, with each team limiting their opponent to five shots. Northeastern, in search of the tying goal, pulled Foss in favor of the extra skater with a minute left in regulation, but could not net the equalizer.
The Huskies will be back in action next weekend when Northeastern travels to Burlington, Vt. to battle the Catamounts in a two-game set, beginning Friday at 7 p.m.