Huskies have big second period, pick up first WCHA win under Idalski
Olympian Klára Hymlárová had two goals and Olympian Jenniina Nylund had a goal and two assists to lead St. Cloud State to a 4-1 WCHA win over St. Thomas.
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. — The St. Cloud State women's hockey team had a big second period on its way to snapping an 11-game WCHA regular season winless streak by beating St. Thomas 4-1 on Friday at St. Thomas Ice Arena.
It is the first conference win for the Huskies (1-6-0 WCHA, 3-6-0 overall) under head coach Brian Idalski. Two Olympians led the way for St. Cloud State.
Klára Hymlárová, a senior forward who played in the Olympics for Czechia, had two goals and fifth-year forward Jenniina Nylund, who played in the Olympics for Finland, had a goal and two assists to lead the way for St. Cloud State.
The Huskies scored four goals in the second period and it is the first time they have scored four in a period since Feb. 5, 2021, against Minnesota State University-Mankato.
Avery Myers, a junior forward from Fargo, N.D., scored her first goal for the Huskies. Myers is in her first season with the team after transferring from New Hampshire.
Sanni Ahola, a junior from Helsinki, Finland, stopped 13 of 14 shots to pick up the win in goal for St. Cloud State.
The Huskies were 1-for-3 on the power play and 5-for-5 killing penalties in the game.
Luci Bianchi, a senior forward from Bloomington, Minn., scored at 4:36 of the third period for the goal for St. Thomas (0-5-0, 1-6-0).
Saskia Maurer, a sophomore who played goalie for Switzerland in the 2022 Olympics, stopped 21 of 25 shots in 42:13 for the Tommies. Maggie Malecha stopped all six shots she faced in relief of Maurer.
The two teams played the second game of their series at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud. The Huskies have not swept a conference series since sweeping MSU-Mankato on Nov. 5-6, 2021.