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.