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It wasn't your average game. After changing into their gear in a shed built specifically for Hockey Day Minnesota, the Whitecaps put on their skate guards to walk the wooden path leading to the ice to play Team Korea under the lights in Stillwater's Lowell Park.
A penalty was called on the Whitecaps just 27 seconds into the game, and the Koreans capitalized on a shot that was deflected up by a Whitecaps defenseman, going over the shoulder of goaltender Shyler Sletta. Sletta made a big glove save a couple minutes later, on the Koreans' third shot of the game, and that would turn out to be the last shot on goal she would face.
After two periods of 15-minute running time, the score was still 1-0. But in the third, the Whitecaps were able to convert on their opportunities. First it was Kalli Funk, tying the game at one, with an assist going to Winny Brown. After that, Hannah Brandt made her presence felt. Brandt, playing against her sister who is a member of Team Korea, scored twice in the third. Her first goal was assisted by Rose Alleva, while the second was unassisted.
The Whitecaps outshot Team Korea 26-3 in the game.
It was a great experience for both teams, and the Whitecaps thank the Minnesota Wild and the local Stillwater organizing committee for making the night possible.