St. Cloud bests women’s hockey

The Vermont women’s hockey team fell to the St. Cloud State Huskies 7-0 Friday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The Huskies outplayed the Catamounts all game with the first goal coming from St. Cloud’s Brittni Kuyper in the fourth minute on an assist from Denelle Maguet. The Huskies continued to dominate with clean passing and superior skating while Vermont had trouble with stick to stick passes, often missing and tripping over the puck. “St. Cloud are good, quick skaters,” head coach Tim Bothwell said. “It was a real adjustment we had to make to the opponent’s pace, which left us less time to make our own plays.” St. Cloud added to their lead on two goals within a minute by Megan McCarthy and Holly Roberts with Brita Schroeder. Laura Fast and Hailey Clarkson each recording an assist. The Huskies improved their lead to 4-0 on a goal by Caitlin Hogan assisted by Jenaca Fredheim and Fast with 12 seconds remaining in the first period. Again in the fourth minute of the second period, St. Cloud’s Amy Currier put the puck past Catamount goal keeper Shivaun Siegl off an assist from Tricial Fast and Abby Krause to increase the lead to an almost insurmountable 5-0. “The game was tough,” said UVM junior Karen Sentoff. “We tried to carry over our composure from last week’s games and use the confidence from coming off two wins but we just couldn’t tonight.” Fast recorded her first goal of the game at the 16:47 mark of the second period off assists from Kuyper and Krause ending the period with score 6-0 in favor of the Huskies. The third period saw an increase in Vermont’s aggressiveness and an improvement in the Cat’s overall stick handling. “”Everyone was really down in the locker room,” freshman Chelsea Furlani said. “We were pissed and we just decided to get it together and come out on the ice, stepping it up with as much energy as we could.” While Vermont improved their intensity they were not able to find the back of the net and conceded yet another goal to St. Cloud in the final five minutes of the game. The game ended with St. Cloud outshooting Vermont 38-3 as the Huskies improve to 4-6-1 on the season. With the loss, the Cats fall to 2-7-0 on the season. “We’re capable of a lot more than what was shown today,” Sentoff said. “We’re going to come off the energy of the third period and use it to start off strong in the future.”