Girls hockey: Stillwater pulls away from Wolfpack

Stillwater’s Sierra Smith flips a backhand shot towards Park goaltender Bryce Boreen during Tuesday’s Suburban East Conference girls’ hockey game at the St. Croix Valley Rec Center. (Gazette staff photo by Scott Ertle)

Stillwater’s Sierra Smith flips a backhand shot towards Park goaltender Bryce Boreen during Tuesday’s Suburban East Conference girls’ hockey game at the St. Croix Valley Rec Center. (Gazette staff photo by Scott Ertle)

Sara Bustad had a hand in four goals and Hannah Okerstrom added two goals and an assist to help carry Stillwater to a 7-2 Suburban East Conference girls’ hockey victory over Park on Tuesday at the St. Croix Valley Rec Center.

It has been all or nothing for the Ponies (10-5-0 SEC, 12-9-1) in their last seven conference games, losing by one goal each to East Ridge and Mounds View but outscoring their other five opponents by a combined 34-7.

Park (3-10-1, 7-13-1) skated to a 2-all tie after one period, despite getting outshot 12-8, but the Ponies scored five unanswered goals to close out the game.

Bustad, a Minnesota State-Mankato recruit, scored less than two minutes into the game and also assisted on Carlie Hart’s goal at 9:11 to give the Ponies a 2-1 lead. Mary Turitto responded for the Wolfpack with a power play goal two minutes later to pull even at 2-all.

Okerstrom scored on the power play at 5:27 of the second period and assisted on another power play goal by Jane Vezina at 10:17. Okerstrom scored again for the Ponies just seven seconds later to provide a 5-2 advantage.

Vezina scored her second goal midway through the first period and Daniella Reardon tacked on Stillwater’s final tally at 11:01 of the third period to build a five-goal margin.

Brianna Hersom finished with 18 saves for the Ponies, who held a 35-20 advantage in shots on goal.

“Defensively we did a good job of blocking shots and that was a good thing to see again,” Ponies coach Tony Scheid said. “Almquist kind of led the way there and I thought (Katie) Casto had another strong game. I’m really happy with the way our defensemen are playing and there’s a lot of good things going on.”

n In the JV game on Thursday, Shelby Anderson recorded a shutout in goal for the Ponies in a 4-0 victory over Park. Stillwater improved to 19-1-1 on the season.

 

Park 2 0 0 — 2

Stillwater 2 3 2 — 7

 

First period — 1. St, Sara Bustad (unassisted) 1:32; 1. Par, Abby Kirsch (Sam Anderson) 5:18; 2. St, Carlie Hart (Bustad) 9:11; 2. Par, Mary Turitto (Meg Ackerman) pp, 11:38.

Second period — 3. Hannah Okerstrom (Katie Casto) pp, 5:27; 4. St, Jane Vezina (Okerstrom) pp, 10:17; 5. St, Okerstrom (Bustad) 10:23.

Third period — 6. St, Vezina (Bustad) 7:57; 7. St, Daniella Reardon (Olivia Arkell) 11:01.

Penalties — Par, 7-19:00; St, 3-6:00.

Saves — Par (Bryce Boreen) 10-10-8—28; St (Brianna Hersom) 6-7-5—18.

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