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Paynesville Press - January 11, 2006

Stars drop three games

By Michael Jacobson

The River Lakes Stars boys' hockey team lost three games last week, dropping Central Lakes Conference games to Brainerd 9-1 and to St. Cloud Tech 7-2 and losing a nonconference game to Bemidji 5-1.

Senior defenseman Zach Johnson scored three minutes into the game for the Stars, giving them a 1-0 lead. But Brainerd answered with four goals in the first period and scored nine unanswered goals to win 9-1.

Brainerd scored less than three minutes later to tie the game at 1-1, and they scored two goals within 40 seconds midway through the period to take a 3-1 lead, and added a goal in the last minute to go ahead 4-1.

They added a goal in the second period and four in the third period, including three power-play goals, winning 9-1.

The Stars (4-11) hosted Little Falls in Paynesville on Tuesday night. They will play at Sauk Rapids on Thursday and will host St. Cloud Apollo at the River Lakes Arena in Richmond on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Brainerd--4 1 4 - 9
River Lakes--1 0 0 - 1

Scoring Summary
First Period: RL-Zach Johnson (Jamie Paul), 13:55; B-Jack Freeman (Nick Jelacie), 11:21; B-Freeman (Jared Hoppe, Jake Johnson), 7:47 (pp); B-Hoppe (Dino Musielewicz), 7:12; B-Bronson Shepherd (Mike Baker, Carl Sneep), 0:48;
Second Period: B-Sneep (Hoppe), 7:00;
Third Period: B-Ryan Thoma (Baker), 12:24 (pp); B-Jelacie (Joe Frazer), 12:12; B-Sneep, 4:52 (pp); B-Olli Lahdesmaki (Sneep, Baker), 1:00 (pp).

St. Cloud Tech 7, Stars 2
Junior Alex Naujokas scored two goals, but the Stars lost 7-2 to St. Cloud Tech at the National Hockey Center on Thursday, Jan. 5.

After Naujokas tied the Central Lakes Conference game with a first-period goal, the Tigers scored six straight goals, building a 7-1 lead before Naujokas scored again late in the third period, making the final score 7-2.

The Tigers outshot the Stars 37-14.

River Lakes--1 0 1 - 2
St. Cloud Tech--2 2 3 - 7

Scoring Summary
First Period: SCT-John Erickson (Joe Aplin), 6:33; RL-Alex Naujokas (Blake Williamson); SCT-Sam Buttweiler (Erickson, Grady Sloan), 12:27;
Second Period: SCT-Andrew Zinken (Kelly Memken, Sloan), 2:12; SCT-Alex Coulter (Dan Lahr);
Third Period: SCT-Alex Kane (Jared Blitvich), 3:08; SCT-Buttweiler (Erickson, Aplin), 7:56; SCT-Meemken (Zinken, Blitvich), 10:08; RL-Naujokas (Zach Johnson), 17:00.

Bemidji 5, Stars 1
The Stars lost at Bemidji 5-1 on Saturday afternoon. Junior wing Jesse Keehn scored the only goal for the Stars. No other stats were available.

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