Girls hockey: Ponies overwhelm Forest Lake
FOREST LAKE — A five-goal second period helped Stillwater pull away from Forest Lake for an 8-3 Suburban East Conference girls’ hockey victory on Tuesday at the FLAAA Sports Center.
Georgia Eger scored two goals in the second to lead a balanced attack as the Ponies (9-4 SEC, 11-8-1) cruised past one of the hotter teams in the conference. Forest Lake (4-8-1, 10-8-2) entered the game with victories in seven of its last eight games and had only allowed more than a single goal just once in the past six games — a 2-0 loss to league-leader Mounds View.
“Forest Lake has been playing really well and we were expecting a really tight game,” Stillwater coach Tony Scheid said. “It was good to see we were able to score that many goals.”
The Ponies, who held a 52-23 advantage in shots on goal, scored on the power play at 10:46 of the opening period as Hannah Okerstrom delivered her team-leading 19 goal of the season on an assist by Katie Casto. Ali Biagini scored two minutes later to provide a two-goal cushion.
“That first goal was a really nice set up and it’s always nice when you get that first power play and you score. It gives you a lot of momentum,” Scheid said. “Biagini created a turnover on their blue line and went in and scored a highlight-reel goal, top shelf. That was huge, too.”
Stillwater poured it on in the second period with Taylor Naugle, Dana Almquist and Daniella Reardon finding the back of the net to complement Eger’s scoring outburst.
“That line (Eger, Naugle and Reardon) scored four goals in the second period,” said Scheid, who noted Jane Vezina and Kourtney Jancze were both missing from the lineup on Tuesday. “They had an outstanding game again. We’ve got so much depth on this team.”
Sierra Smith also tacked on a goal as Stillwater built an 8-2 lead just 10 seconds into the third period.
“I just thought the whole team stepped up and just had an outstanding game,” Scheid said. “I thought it was one of the best 51-minute efforts of the season and that’s what we were shooting for. We were doing a good job of playing smart and managing the puck and getting pucks into the zone and to the net.
“We made a lot of good decisions with the puck and one of our main points of emphasis is managing the puck and not turning the puck over. I thought the team did a really nice job of that and the defensemen made a lot of good first passes and that created a lot of great transition for us. We played like we can play, and that’s good to see.”
Brianna Hersom stopped 20 shots in goal for the Ponies, improving to 5-1 this season.
n Olivia Arkell and Lauren Greender each provided two goals while Katie Erchul added a goal and an assist to help lead the Stillwater JV team to a 5-0 victory over the Rangers. Shelby Anderson earned the shutout in goal for the Ponies (17-1-1).
Stillwater 2 5 1 — 8
Forest Lake 0 2 1 — 3
First period — 1. St, Hannah Okerstrom (Katie Casto) pp, 10:46; 2. St, Ali Biagini (unassisted) 13:02.
Second period — 3. St, Taylor Naugle (Biagini, Carlie Hart) 5:02; 1. FL, Becca Neumann (Kayla Brust) 6:14; 4. St, Georgia Eger (Dana Milan) 8:13; 5. St, Eger (Daniella Reardon, Naugle) 13:13; 6. St, Dana Almquist (Hannah Heacox, Sara Bustad) 15:06; 7. St, Reardon (Eger) 16:31; 2. FL, Kaitlyn Van Tassel (Madi Nolan) 16:41.
Third period — 8. St, Sierra Smith (Hart, Biagini) :10; 3. FL, Nolan (Van Tassel) 13:14.
Penalties — St, 4-8:00; FL, 3-6:00.
Saves — St (Brianna Hersom) 5-9-6—20; FL (Abbi White) 12-19-10—41 and (Kelsey Magnuson) x-x-3—3.