WILMAR -- The St. Cloud Icebreakers scored twice in the first 3:17 of the game and forced the Willmar girls hockey team into a hole it couldn't climb out of Friday.
The Cardinals lost the Central Lakes Conference and season home opener, 6-0.
Emily Ruegemer scored for the Icebreakers (a hockey-only co-op consisting of St. Cloud Apollo, Cathedral and now Tech) at the 2:25 mark of the first period, drilling a lefthanded shot from 25 feet. Katie Haus followed 42 seconds later.
St. Cloud added three goals in the second and a power-play goal in the third.
Each goal was scored by a different player. The Icebreakers flinged 41 shots on Willmar goalie Baylie Young, who recorded 35 saves.
The Cardinals host their Thanksgiving holiday Invitational starting next Friday with Morris/Benson, Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato and Mankato East scheduled to participate.
SC Icebreakers 6, Willmar 0
SC Icebreakers 2 3 1 -- 6
Willmar 0 0 0 -- 0
FIRST PERIOD - SCI: Emily Ruegemer (Julia Steigel) 2:35 ... SCI: Katie Haus (Zayda Ewing, Blair Curtis) 3:17
SECOND PERIOD - SCI: Mickey Moran (Megan Schwegman) 1:18 ... SCI: Casey Mitchell (Haus, Mary Spethmann) 5:31 ... SCI: Curtis (Moran, Spethmann) pp, 16:16
THIRD PERIOD - SCI: Shae Ebert (Ewing, Schwegman) 7:06
GOALIE SAVES - St. Cloud Icebreakers: Jenna Traut 5-1-3-9 ... Willmar: Baylie Young 7-18-10-35