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Paynesville Press - January 2, 2002

Stars swept at Blaine tourney

By Jenny Habben

Jenny Habben blocks shot The River Lakes Stars girls' hockey team lost three games last week at a holiday tournament in Blaine.

The Stars were overpowered by Bloomington Kennedy in a 5-0 loss in the first round on Thursday. Seven minutes into the first period, the Eagles scored and they scored again with four minutes left to make the score 2-0. The Eagles had eight shots on goal and limited the Stars to two during the first fifteen minutes of the game.

Jenny Habben (11) tries to block a shot for the Stars while defenseman Anne Bohlman (10) and goalie Trisha Wendlandt watch the play.

"After the first period, we started working together as a team and became more focused," said senior forward Julia Mehr.

The Stars picked up their game by moving their feet and winning the races to the puck to take control of the second period. Despite the Stars efforts, they couldn't score, even during a power play advantage. The Stars outshot the Eagles 6-5 in the second period.

The Eagles scored four minutes into the third period, and the Stars fell apart after the third goal. The Stars quit playing aggressive and were not skating as hard.

Sophomore goalie Trisha Wendlandt made 11 saves. Crystal Songetay played the last ten minutes of the game and made 11 saves, too.

The River Lakes Stars will play at Brainerd on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The Stars will host Benson on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Koronis Civic Arena in Paynesville at 7 p.m.

River Lakes--0 0 0 - 0
Bloomington Kennedy--2 0 3 - 5

First Period: BK-Amy Jensen (Sydney Moin); BK-Bridget Gliniany (Andrea Nelson, Amy Jensen);
Second Period: no scoring;
Third Period: BK-Andrea Nelson; BK-Sydney Moin; BK-Sara Wehland (Melissa Loranger).

St. Francis 6, River Lakes 1
St. Francis scored four quick goals in the first period to take command on Thursday, Dec. 27. Carolyn Setter had a true hat trick (three goals in a period) for St. Francis in the first period.

St. Francis scored three of these goals within a minute.

"We got off to a slow start, and they were winning the races to the puck. We need to become more focused," said senior co-captain Anne Bohlman.

The River Lakes were outshot 14-4 in the first period.

Neither team scored in the second period as the River Lakes picked up their game, winning races to the puck and having good opportunities to score.

With nine minutes to go, St. Francis scored twice in a span of 20 seconds, making the score 6-0.

With six minutes left, the Stars made it into the offensive zone. Junior forward Tiffany Clements passed the puck to senior forward Karen Hafner, who was in front of the net. Hafner tried shooting on her backhand but an opposing player deflected it. Fortunately, the puck came back to her and she tried again. Hafner shot for the lower right corner and made her first goal of the season to make the score 6-1.

Songetay had a good game in goal with 31 saves.

"Even though it wasn't our best game, we really worked hard and came back in the third period," said senior co-captain Marya Losinski.

River Lakes--0 0 1 - 1
St. Francis--4 0 2 - 6

First Period: SF-Carolyn Setter; SF-Setter (Alexandra Zebro, Neva Widner); SF-Zebro (Linsey Anway); SF-Setter;
Second Period: no scoring;
Third Period: SF-Anway (Andrea Davis, Kari Garas); SF-Gardas (Davis, Anway); RL-Karen Hafner (Tiffany Clements).

Columbia Heights 2, River Lakes 1
The River Lakes Stars final game in the tournament was against Columbia Heights on Friday, Dec. 28.

Columbia Heights outshot the Stars by three in the first period and took an early lead with a goal.

The River Lakes were outshot again in the second period, and Columbia Heights scored another goal to lead 2-0.

In the third period, senior Anne Bohlman had a break away. Two opposing players got to her before she got the shot off, but Bohlman managed to shoot the puck under the goalie to make the score 2-1.

The Stars pulled their goalie for the final minute and a half of the game but could not come up with a tying goal. The Stars did outshoot Columbia Heights 6-1 in the last fifteen minutes of the game.

Wendlandt had a good game in goal with 19 saves.

"We should have won this game," said senior Laurie Barten. "We really dominated in the third period and had a lot of great plays, but we just came up short."

River Lakes--0 0 1 - 1
Columbian Heights--1 1 0 - 2

First Period: CH-Emily Olson;
Second Period: CH-Jessica Laser (Felicia Cotton);
Third Period: RL-Anne Bohlman.

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