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Paynesville Press - January 16, 2002

Stars skate to 2-2 tie

By Jenny Habben

Goalie Trisha Wendlandt The River Lakes Stars girls' hockey team fought their way to a 2-2 tie against Benson/Morris on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Koronis Civic Arena.

Goalie Trisha Wendlandt stopped 33 of 34 shots she faced against state-rated Willmar on Thursday.

With less than two minutes left in the first period, senior Laurie Barten scored for the Stars on a pass from senior Julia Mehr. The Stars outshot Benson 7-4 in the first 15 minutes of the game.

In the second period, the Stars fell apart and let Benson/Morris score two goals. The Stars were outshot 8-6 in the second period.

"It looked like the team took a nap before the second period, but they pulled it together and played hard for the rest of the game." said freshman April Ossendorf.

With just over a minute left, the Stars capitalized on a power play opportunity when eighth grader Amber Schulzetenberge passed to senior Anne Bohlman, who scored to tie the game and send it into overtime.

Both teams had power play advantages in overtime but no scoring was done. The Stars were outshot 6-3 in overtime and 25-24 for the game.

The Stars played at St. Cloud Tech on Tuesday. They will play Litchfield at the Koronis Civic Arena on Thursday at 7 p.m. and they will play Sartell on Saturday at the River Lakes Arena in Richmond. Junior varsity plays at 5:30 p.m., and varsity at 7:30 p.m.

Benson/Morris--0 2 00 - 2
River Lakes--1 0 10 - 2

First Period: RL-Laurie Barten (Julia Mehr);
Second Period: B/M-Ann Van Tassel (Josie Thole, Amanda McGeary); B/M-Brianna Vollan (Jynicka Roberts);
Third Period: Anne Bohlman (Amber Schulzetenberge).

Willmar 2, River Lakes 0
The Stars showed improvement again despite losing in their second outing against Willmar last week. Playing at Willmar in November, the Stars lost 8-0, but they played much better on Thursday against the state-rated Cardinals.

This game was the Stars' second of the week at the Koronis Civic Arena in Paynesville.

Despite outshooting the Stars 11-3, Willmar managed to get only one goal in the first period.

"This is probably one of our best games of the season," said coach Tom Petroski. "The girls skated hard the whole game, and we really took it to them."

The Stars successfully killed a penalty in the second period. Despite getting outshot 16-3 in the second period, the Stars held Willmar scoreless.

With less than two minutes remaining in the third period, the score still remained 1-0. The Stars pulled goalie Trisha Wendlandt, who made 33 saves in the game.

River Lakes controlled the puck for much of the remaining time, but could not score. Willmar's Alyssa Dahl finally scored an empty net goal despite diving efforts by the Stars.

Willmar--1 0 1- 2
River Lakes--0 0 0- 0

First Period: W-Daniella Dahl;
Second Period: No scoring.
Third Period: W-Alyssa Dahl.

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