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Paynesville Press - January 19, 2005

River Lakes rallies to tie Sauk Rapids 4-4

By Michael Jacobson

The River Lakes Stars boys' hockey team rallied to tie Sauk Rapids 4-4 at the River Lakes Arena in Richmond on Thursday.

The Stars (5-8-2) were outshot 53-25, but senior goalie Jake Engquist made 49 saves for River Lakes.

The Stars trailed 2-0 after one period and 4-3 after two periods, but they earned a tie when junior forward Luke Harren scored with three minutes to play in regulation, tying the game 4-4. The two teams skated to a scoreless draw in eight minutes of overtime, both teams having four shots on net.

Sauk Rapids took a 2-0 lead with two late goals in the first period, one a short-handed score and another a power-play tally. But the Stars got the three goals in the first seven minutes of the second period. Sophomore Alex Naujokas scored the first goal for the Stars only 30 seconds into the second period, and senior Andy Schramel had two goals for the Stars with Naujokas assisting on both scores.

Sauk Rapids regained the lead 4-3 with two power-play goals in a three-minute stretch later in the second period.

The Stars played at St. Cloud Apollo on Tuesday. This week, they will play at Morris on Thursday.

Next week, the Stars will play two rescheduled games. They will play at Willmar on Friday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m., in a game rescheduled from early December. And they will host St. Michael-Albertville at the Koronis Civic Arena in Paynesville on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m., in a game rescheduled from early January.

Sauk Rapids--2 2 0 0 - 4
River Lakes--0 3 1 0 - 4

Scoring Summary
First Period: SR-Matt Friedrichs, 2:14 (sh); SR-Travis Peckskamp (Andy Supan, Jeremy Streit), 0:31 (pp);
Second Period: RL-Alex Naujokas, 16:33; RL-Andy Schramel (Naujokas), 14:45; RL-Schramel (Naujokas, Taylor Endres), 11:24 (pp); SR-Peter Abel (Streit, Supan), 7:40 (pp); SR-Abel (Supan, Tommy Wippler), 5:58 (pp);
Third Period: RL-Luke Harren (Ryan Weber), 2:59;
Overtime: No scoring.

River Lakes 3, Prairie Centre 2
The Stars avenged a December loss to Prairie Centre by winning a rematch 3-2 on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

The Stars scored two second-period goals to take a 3-1 lead, allowed Prairie Centre to get within one goal but played a scoreless third period to win 3-2.

Prairie Centre - a cooperative between LPGE and Sauk Centre - outshot the Stars 29-27, but senior goalie Jake Engquist made 27 saves for the Stars, including nine in the third period to preserve their one-goal lead.

Prairie Centre had defeated the Stars 6-5 in December in Richmond on a last-second goal.

Senior forward Bo Sjoberg scored a goal five minutes into the game to give the Stars a 1-0 lead, but Prairie Centre tied the game with a power-play goal two minutes later.

Senior forward Nick Dahlen scored less than two minutes into the second period to give the Stars a 2-1 lead, and senior forward Andy Schramel scored a power-play goal with three minutes to play in the second period to give the Stars a 3-1 lead.

Prairie Centre scored a goal with 13 seconds to play in the second period but did not score again.

River Lakes--1 2 0 - 3
Prairie Centre--1 1 0 - 2

Scoring Summary
First Period: RL-Bo Sjoberg (Nick Dahlen), 12:26; PC-Jay Scleicher (Anthony Carpenter), 10:45 (pp);
Second Period: RL-Dahlen (Ryan Weber), 15:15; RL-Andy Schramel (Zach Johnson, Jamie Paul), 2:57 (pp); PC-Jeff Chalich, 0:13 (pp);
Third Period: No scoring.

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