BLAINE — The Stillwater boys’ hockey team bounced back from a quarterfinal loss to Andover with victories over Apple Valley and Roseville to place fifth in the Silver Division of the Schwan Cup last week at the Schwan Super Rink.
After falling to Andover 3-2 in the opener on Dec. 26, the Ponies (2-2-1 SEC, 5-4-1) blanked Apple Valley 6-0 and closed out the tourney with a 4-3 victory over Suburban East Conference rival Roseville.
Andover 3, Stillwater 2
Brady Barthold scored on the power play with less than six minutes remaining to give the Huskies a one-goal victory over Stillwater in the quarterfinals.
Nick Anderson gave the Ponies a 1-0 lead in the first period on assists by Mitch Reinke and Josh Clark, but the Huskies answered midway through the second period on a goal by Calvin Rak.
After falling behind early in the third period, Devin Cates scored a power play goal for the Ponies at 7:28 to even the score at 2-all before Barthold delivered the game-winner at 11:31.
Andover 0 1 2 — 3
Stillwater 1 0 1 — 2
First period — 1. St, Nick Anderson (Mitch Reinke, Josh Clark) 13:03.
Second period — 1. And, Calvin Rak (Tyler Tomberlin) 9:27.
Third period — 2. And, Jared McComber (Tomberlin) 1:47; 2. St, Devin Cates (Brandon Jungmann, Ian Weisbrod) pp, 7:28; 3. And, Brady Barthold (Tyler Vold, Christian Mohs) pp, 11:31.
Penalties — And, 7-14:00; St, 3-6:00.
Saves — And (Chase Perry) 12-6-10—28; St (Colton Anderson) 6-10-12—28.
Apple Valley 0
Six different players scored a goal for the Ponies in Thursday’s 6-0 consolation victory over the Eagles.
Jarrid Balz scored five minutes into the first period to give the Ponies an early lead while Nick Anderson and Devin Cates increased the margin to 3-0 with a goal each in the second period.
Stillwater padded its lead in the third period with goals by Tyler Fitzsimmons, Zach Fedie and Jon Peterson and Pat Courteau posted a shutout in goal for the Ponies.
Apple Valley 0 0 0 — 0
Stillwater 1 2 3 — 6
First period — 1. St, Jarrid Balz (Aaron Kasinak) 5:39.
Second period — 2. St, Nick Anderson (Zach Fedie) 7:33; 3. St, Devin Cates (Mitch Reinke, Josh Clark) 15:08.
Third period — 4. St, Tyler Fitzsimmons (Brandon Jungmann, Cates) 4:18; 5. St, Fedie (Zach Eder-Zdechlik, Nick Peterson) 13:10; 6. St, Jon Peterson (Clark) 16:44.
Penalties — AV, 3-6:00; St, 5-10:00.
Saves — AV (Shane Van Dusartz) 37; St (Pat Courteau) 9.
Stillwater 4, Roseville 3
Posting its second victory over the Raiders in two weeks, Stillwater prevailed 4-3 in Friday’s fifth-place game. The Ponies also defeated Roseville 4-1 in a Suburban East Conference game on Dec. 15.
Cates scored twice for the Ponies in the first period for a 2-0 lead before the Raiders answered with tallies by Cory Martinez and Robb Stautz to tie the game.
Anderson scored at 11:16 of the second period to regain the lead for Stillwater at 3-2, but the Raiders answered again two minutes into the third period with a goal from Ryan Novotny.
Zach Fedie provided the difference with just 50 seconds remaining while scoring on an assist from Anderson for the game-winner.
Roseville 0 2 1 — 3
Stillwater 2 1 1 — 4
First period — 1. St, Devin Cates (Tyler Fitzsimmons, Payton Hosch) 1:17; 2. St, Cates (Mitch Reinke, Fitzsimmons) 9:26.
Second period — 1. Ros, Cory Martinez (Robb Stautz, Tom McCann) 3:55; 2. Ros, Stautz (Andrew Colvard, Ryan Novotny) 8:35; 3. St, Nick Anderson (Ian Weisbrod) 11:16.
Third period — 3. Ros, Novotny (Ross Stecklein) 2:00; 4. St, Zach Fedie (Anderson) 16:10.
Penalties — Ros, 4-8:00; St, 6-12:00.
Saves — Ros (Zach Larson) 17; St (Colton Anderson) 25.
Team USA advances to the semifinals
Stillwater coach Phil Housley and the U.S. National Junior Team advanced to the semifinals of the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia with a convincing 7-0 victory over the Czech Republic early Wednesday morning (CST).
The Americans will face Canada in the semifinals on Thursday, a game that will be broadcast live on NHL Network starting at 3 a.m. (CST). The other semifinal features Sweden vs. the winner of Russia/Switzerland. The bronze and gold medal games are scheduled for Saturday.
The United States advanced as the No. 3 seed out of Group B with a 2-0-0-2 record, posing victories over Germany (8-0) and Slovakia (9-3) with narrow losses against Russia (2-1) and Canada (2-1).