Stillwater and Roseville have accounted for three of the last four state championships, but it was the Ponies who had their state tournament aspirations dashed in Tuesday's Section 4AA semifinals at Aldrich Arena.
North St. Paul struck first in Saturday's Section 4AA quarterfinal girls' hockey game, but Stillwater answered quickly and repeatedly while surging to an 8-1 victory at the St. Croix Valley Rec Center.
SAHS Athletes of the Week. Sara Bustad - Girls hockey. Stillwater's late season push that resulted in six consecutive girls' hockey victories has been spurred by a more balanced scoring attack that includes significant contributions from sophomore Sara Bustad.
After squandering a three-goal lead in the third period, Stillwater received a late power play goal from defenseman Caitlin Hewes to pull out a 5-4 girls' hockey victory over Mounds View in Saturday's Suburban East Conference finale at the Schwan Super Rink.
The Stillwater girls' hockey team has received the No. 3 seed and will host sixth-seeded North St. Paul in the Section 4AA quarterfinals at the St. Croix Valley Rec Center on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Stillwater's late-season surge hasn't been affected by some stiff competition down the stretch.
After knocking off fifth-ranked Roseville 1-0 on Saturday, the Ponies followed up with a 3-2 Suburban East Conference victory over fourth-ranked White Bear Lake on Tuesday at Vadnais Heights Sports Center.
A relative newcomer to the Stillwater-Roseville girls' hockey rivalry, sophomore goaltender Allison Pasiuk turned away 34 shots to help lead the Ponies to a 1-0 Suburban East Conference victory on Saturday afternoon at the St. Croix Valley Rec Center.
SAHS Athletes of the Week
Caitlin Hewes - Girls hockey
A first-rate performer since contributing to program's first state championship as an eighth-grader in 2007, Caitlin Hewes has been a reliable defenseman for the Stillwater girls' hockey team and hasn't slowed down since.