Stars swept at Little Falls tournament

This article submitted by Chris Jacobson on 1/5/00.

The Stars played a holiday tournament in Little Falls last week. Each of the eight teams played three games apiece.

The Stars' first game was against Jamestown, North Dakota. Jamestown was a very good team, blanking the Stars 8-0. They went on to take first in the tournament.

It would have been worse except that Adam Hartfiel made 46 saves in the net for the Stars. Meanwhile, the Stars managed just eight shots on goal.

River Lakes--0 0 0 - 0
Jamestown--1 4 3 - 8

Sartell 7
River Lakes 4
The second game was against Sartell, a fierce rival of the Stars. The game was an interesting one. The final score of 7-4 in Sartell's favor didn't really show the true outcome of the game.

The first and third periods were played very well, but in the second period the Stars struggled, and lost the battle for the second game. Sartell scored five goals in the second period to build a 6-2 lead.

The teams combined for 17 penalties.

River Lakes--0 2 2 - 4
Sartell--1 5 1/TD> - 7

Bagley 5
River Lakes 3
The third and final game of the tournament was against Bagley, a team that was very beatable for the Stars.

In the first period, the Stars came out ahead and scored two goals. In the second period, once again, the Stars started to unravel, and Bagley answered with four goal to the Stars' one to make the score 4-3, in favor of Bagley.

The Stars were still hopeful, but things just didn't fall into place. With a little time left, the Stars took out goaltender Adam Hartfiel and put in a sixth player. Then, with just a little time left in the game, Bagley put the game away with a goal in the empty net, to make the final score 5-3 for Bagley.

Eric Habben had two goals for the Stars, and Eric Hartfiel had a goal and an assist.

Head coach Kevin Mooney had this to say about the tournament, "We played hard and well enough to win. We just have to learn how to win after playing hard. Once that happens, we'll start to get some Ws."

The Stars played Becker in Richmond last night, and play Morris at the River Lakes Arena again tomorrow. Next Tuesday they will travel to face Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.

River Lakes--2 1 0 - 3
Bagley--0 4 1 - 5

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