Boys hockey team splits games this week

This article submitted by Kurt Habben on 1/19/99.

The Stars hosted Delano last Tuesday, Jan. 12, losing four to two.

The game was to be the first game of the season for both teams, but due to Delanoís football team advancing in the playoffs it had to be made up.

Both teams got used to each otherís playing styles. The Stars played a very physical first period. Jeremy Curran scored the first goal of the game off a pass from Ryan Mackedanz.

The lead was short lived though, as Delano quickly tied the game up with a rebound score.

The second period was very defensive. The only goal came when a Delano forward shot from outside the blue line. Stars goalie John Manthei, who was screened, moved just a split second too late.

A controversial call occurred in the second when the Stars believed they had put the puck in the net off a rebound. The officials ruled that they did not see how the puck got in, so there was no goal.

Delano was able to increase their lead to two goals in the third period when the Starsí defense just collapsed.

Down by two, the Stars raised their intensity level another notch. The Stars were able to get many chances to score from all three lines, but the Delano goalie was able to keep the puck out of the net.

The Stars were finally able to capitalize on a power play with five minutes to play. Eric Hartfiel took a pass and fired a wrist shot at the net. Mackedanz was able to tip the shot so the Delano goalie could not block it.

The Stars pulled Manthei with one minute left in hopes of tying the game.

Delano scored an empty net goal to seal the win.

Stars: 1 0 1 - 2
Delano: 1 1 2 - 4

Mpls. Edison
The Stars beat Minneapolis Edison ten to three on Thursday.

The game was controlled by the Stars, even though the score was sometimes close.

Mackedanz, with an assist from Eric Habben and Brett Theisen, started the scoring out for the Stars by shooting a rebounded shot into the upper right corner.

Dustin Looman and Brett Theisen also added goals for the Stars during the first period.

Edison was able to get one goal by waiting behind the net and scoring when the opportunity arose.

Edison was able to score again in the beginning of the second period, making the game close at three to two. The goal woke up the Stars, who had been playing a lackadaisical game.

All three of the varsity lines scored on their next shifts. Scott Fritz was the first to score, with Theisen following 48 seconds later. Looman added the third goal of the period for the Stars.

After another Minneapolis goal, the Starsí junior varsity line was able to score when Chris Brinkman slid the puck past the goalie.

The Stars started the third period where they left off in the second with Brad Koultes scoring in just nine seconds and again later in the period. Travis Eveslage recorded the final goal for the Stars in the last minute of the game.

The Stars are now 3-9.

Stars: 3 4 3 - 10
Edison: 1 2 0 - 3

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