HAMDEN, Conn. The Quinnipiac University women's hockey team fell to St. Cloud State, 7-0, in its home opener at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. The Bobcats fell to 0-3-0 this season with the loss, while the Huskies win their season opener.
St. Cloud State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead just 23 seconds into the game on a goal by Felicia Nelson. Nelson slipped the puck between Quinnipiac goaltender Nanna Holm Glaas' (Stockholm, Sweden) pads on a quick snap-shot for the game's first goal.
The Huskies made it 2-0 almost five minutes into the period on a goal from Megan McCarthy. McCarthy picked up the puck in the neutral zone and moved around a Quinnipiac defender before sliding the puck past Holm Glaas.
St. Cloud State made it 6-0 after two periods as four different Huskies scored in the middle session. Holly Roberts, Ashlan Lambert, Caitlin Hogan and Sammy Nixon each scored their first goals of the season in the second.
Meaghan Pezon added a goal with 13:04 remaining in the third to give the Huskies a seven-goal advantage. Pezon knocked in a rebound standing just above the crease after Nixon's shot was kicked out.
Holm Glaas recorded 34 saves in her Quinnipiac home debut, while St. Cloud's Ashley Nixon stopped all 12 Quinnipiac shots. The Bobcats' penalty killers held the Huskies to one power-play goal on 10 opportunities. Elyse Cole (Belleville, Ontario) led the Bobcats with two shots on goal, including the team's best scoring opportunity with a wrist shot from the slot midway through the third.
Quinnipiac returns to action tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. when they play the second contest of their two-game series with St. Cloud State.