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Stillwater's Brooke Nelson's four-goal performance downs hometown hosts during Hockey Day matchup

In the morning game of these two Minnesota girls teams, Stillwater takes down White Bear Lake

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Stillwater forward Brooke Nelson (12) celebrates a goal against White Bear Lake in the first period Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, during Hockey Day Minnesota in White Bear Lake.
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WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. — Stillwater junior forward Brooke Nelson's four-goal performance on Hockey Day Minnesota led the Ponies to an 8-3 victory Saturday over White Bear Lake.

"It feels really good to win your conference," said Stillwater head coach Annie Cashman. "The girls have been taking everything that's been thrown at them and they pushed right back so I'm really proud of them. It's just a great spotlight for girls hockey."

"I was just really excited for today," said White Bear Lake forward Ava Johnson. "It's a once-in-lifetime opportunity so it was really fun."

The hometown host of the event tacked on the first goal of the game only a few minutes into the match. Elaina Hosfield scored her first varsity goal on a nice play from teammate Hailey Dawe.

Hunter Reardon tied things up for Stillwater early in the first period, and that's when the Ponies took off on the scoreboard.


Brooke Nelson then took over with four straight goals; three in the first period and one in the second. Three were at even-strength and one came on the power play.

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"I think right now as a team we are so close, we know each other better than ever, and I think that's what's going to take us to the state tournament," said Nelson.

"Everything was going our way and it was great," she added on how the first two periods went. Nelson said that she has never scored a hat trick before at the varsity level, so the feat was pretty special for her.

Stillwater continued to dominate most of the game. White Bear Lake made a nice push towards the end of the game though as Amanda Smythe scored twice in the final minutes of regulation.

Stillwater is now 18-4 on the season while White Bear Lake falls to 8-15.

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White Bear Lake forward Elaina Hosfield (14) and Stillwater defense Alexa March (8) battle for the puck in the first period Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, during Hockey Day Minnesota in White Bear Lake.
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Stillwater 8, White Bear Lake 3

SW: 4-2-2
WBL: 1-0-2


First period scoring — 1. WBL, Elaina Hosfield (Hailey Dawe); 1. SW, Hunter Reardon (Olivia Dejarnett); 2. SW, Brooke Nelson (Josie Lang); 3. SW, Nelson (Lang) (pp); 4. SW, Nelson (Josie St. Martin, Addison Finn)
Penalties — WBL, Zoe Timmons (body checking)

Second period scoring — 5. SW, Nelson (Kylie Ligday); 6. SW, Lang (unassisted)
Penalties — SW, Dejarnett (tripping); WBL, Amanda Smythe (interference); WBL, Timmons (tripping); SW, Finn (interference); SW, Alexa March (hooking); SW, Hailey Olson (high-sticking); SW, Ligday (high-sticking)

Third period scoring — 2. WBL, Smythe (Talia Domschot); 3. WBL, Smythe (Timmons); 7. SW, St. Martin (Braunshausen); 8. SW, Reardon (Ligday)
Penalties — SW, Too Many Players (bench minor);

SOG: SW, 31 (14: 9: 8); WBL, 23 (8: 12: 3)

Sydney Wolf is a reporter for The Rink Live, primarily covering youth and high school hockey. She joined the team in November of 2021 and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies.
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