ROSEVILLE — There have been plenty of tight battles and narrow margins over the past decade between the Stillwater and Roseville girls’ hockey teams, but Thursday was not one of them.
The Raiders scored four times in the second period to hand Stillwater a 7-0 Suburban East Conference setback at Roseville Ice Arena.
“It was a combination of Roseville playing extremely well and things not going well for us,” said Ponies coach Tony Scheid, whose team enjoyed a solid first period and outshot Roseville 27-20 in the game. “I don’t ever remember our team being in running time and they put us in running time.”
Stillwater outshot the Raiders 10-5 in the opening period, but Kate Flug provided the first of her two goals at 10:50 to give Roseville a 1-0 lead. The Raiders added four goals during an eight-minutes stetch of the second to seize control, including goals by Maddie Schlossmacher, Flug and two by Allyson Reilly.
“I really thought Flug was on and she was hard to handle,” Scheid said. “She made a lot of really good plays with the puck and that’s the best hockey player I’ve seen this year in high school hockey. I think she was the main difference.”
Kathryn Larson and Megan Traiai added goals early in the third period to build a seven-goal lead for the Raiders, who received 27 saves from Brittany Boss.
Alllison Pasiuk finished with 13 saves in goal for the Ponies (11-6-0, 13-10-1), who could have joined Roseville in a tie for second place in the conference standings with a victory on Thursday but now will be trying to maintain sole possession of third place when it hosts White Bear Lake in the regular season finale on Saturday.
n Stillwater has received the No. 3 seed and will host Tartan in the Section 4AA quarterfinals on Feb. 9.
n Also on Thursday, the Stillwater JV team improved to 21-1-1 with a 3-0 victory over the Raiders. Shelby Anderson recorded the shutout in goal for the Ponies, who receivd a goal each from Alex Sonnek, Bailey Beane and Olivia Arkell.
Stillwater 0 0 0 — 0
Roseville 1 4 2 — 7
First period — 1. Ros, Kate Flug (Erika Bjorkman) 10:50.
Second period — 2. Ros, Maddie Schlossmacher (Kathryn Larson, Katie Cristan) 2:45; 3. Ros, Flug (Bjorkman, Allyson Reilly) 8:12; 4. Ros, Reilly (Flug) 8:40; 5. Ros, Reilly (Bjorkman, Flug) 10:23.
Third period — 6. Ros, Larson (Megan Tragiai) pp, 2:42; 7. Ros, Tragiai (unassisted) 4:14.
Saves — St (Allison Pasiuk) 4-7-2—13; Ros (Brittany Boss) 10-10-7—27.