VADNAIS HEIGHTS — Jane Vezina struck twice during Stillwater’s three-goal outburst in the second period as the Ponies rolled to a 6-2 Suburban East Conference victory over White Bear Lake on Thursday at the Vadnais Heights Sports Center.
The victory keeps Stillwater (6-3-0 SEC, 8-7-1) in a tie for second place in the conference standings with Roseville (6-2-0, 10-4-0). Both teams trail league leader Mounds View (7-0-1, 14-0-1) by three points.
Hannah Okerstrom scored less than three minutes into Thursday’s game on an assist by Hannah Heacox and Carlie Hart followed with an unassisted goal at 6:15 for a 2-0 cushion.
Vezina scored two minutes into the second period for a three-goal cushion and Kourtney Jancze followed with a power play goal two minutes later for a 4-0 advantage. Vezina struck again at 12:04 to increase Stillwater’s lead to 5-0.
The Bears (0-5-4, 3-8-4) received goals from Kristi Longendyke and Alexis Lyons in the third period, but Sara Bustad added a power play goal for the Ponies at 15:35 to complete the scoring.
Stillwater, which snapped a two-game losing streak, outshot the Bears 30-17. Allison Pasiuk finished with 15 saves in goal for the Ponies.
Stillwater 2 3 1 — 6
White Bear Lake 0 0 2 — 2
First period — 1. St, Hannah Okerstrom (Hannah Heacox) 2:51; 2. St, Carlie Hart (unassisted) 6:15.
Second period — 3. St, Jane Vezina (Kourtney Jancze, Hart) 2:09; 4. St, Jancze (Dana Milan, Katie Casto) pp, 4:11; 5. St, Vezina (Taylor Naugle) 12:04.
Third period — 1. WBL, Kristi Longendyke (Lauren Basich) 8:51; 2. WBL, Alexis Lyons (Sami Blom, Longendyke) 13:56; 6. St, Sara Bustad (Okerstrom) pp, 15:35.
Penalties — St, 4-8:00; WBL, 4-8:00.
Saves — St (Allison Pasiuk) 4-5-6—15; WBL (Angie Hall) 9-9-x—18 and (Sydney Sperling) x-x-6—6.