To prepare you for Hockey Day Minnesota 2017, Wild.com will be checking in on each of the high school teams participating in this year's festivities between now and Jan. 21. Today, get to know the Stillwater girls hockey program.
Conference: Suburban East
Head coach: Lee Gillespie
Stillwater is often hailed as the "Birthplace of Minnesota," since the process that made Minnesota a state took place within its downtown. Situated on the banks of the St. Croix River right across from Wisconsin, Stillwater is an old logging town rich in history and scenery. Stillwater Area High School, where the Ponies originate from, is the oldest high school in the state.
Stillwater's girls hockey program has experienced more historical success than the boys team, making five MSHSL State Tournament appearances since the tournament's inception in 1995 and winning it all in 2007 and 2009. The Ponies have struggled at times this season, compiling a record of 7-11-0.
Players to watch
Senior Gina Jablonski's seven goals and 12 points are the best on the team, and senior Olivia Konigson, a Qunnipiac commit, has seven assists and 10 points in 16 games played. Junior goaltender Olivia Knox has started 14 of Stillwater's 16 games this season, compiling a save percentage of .919.
What to expect on Hockey Day Minnesota
The Minnetonka Skippers bring considerable offense to the table, so Knox will have to be up to the task of shutting them down. Stillwater's advantage is in its schedule: the Ponies play their last game before Hockey Day Minnesota on Tuesday, Jan. 17, while Minnetonka plays the night before.