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Paynesville Press - January 23, 2002

River Lakes beats Pequot Lakes again

By Michael Jacobson

The River Lakes Stars boys' hockey team won their fourth game of the year on Saturday, beating Pequot Lakes for the second time this winter, this time 5-1 in Pequot Lakes. The Stars also beat Pequot Lakes 4-3 in December.

The Stars jumped to the lead a minute into the game when junior center Kyle Curran scored. The Stars subsequently led 2-0 after one period, 3-0 after two, and 5-0 before allowing a late goal to Pequot Lakes.

Senior forward Mike Heinen led the Stars with two goals and an assist. Senior Chris Brinkman added two assists.

Also scoring for the Stars were sophomore Mike Anderson and junior Nick Plumhoff.

The win improved the Stars' record to 4-10.

This week, the Stars hosted Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato on Tuesday at the Koronis Civic Arena in Paynesville Township.

They will play next against Benson on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the River Lakes Arena in Richmond.

River Lakes--2 1 2 - 5
Pequot Lakes--0 0 1 - 1

First Period: RL-Kyle Curran (Mike Heinen); RL-Mike Anderson (Luke Braun);
Second Period: RL-Heinen (Chris Brinkman);
Third Period: RL-Heinen (Brinkman, Mike Stang); RL-Nick Plumhoff (James Herberg, Nick Purkat); PL-Paul Fox (Cory Berg).

Benson/Morris 3
River Lakes 2

Victory eluded the Stars against Benson/Morris on Thursday. The visiting Stars lost 3-2 despite outshooting their opponents 30-21.

Jake Beaurogard made 28 saves for Benson/Morris.

The only Star to beat him was junior center Kyle Curran, who found the back of the net twice. His goal four minutes into the first period gave the Stars a 1-0 lead.

But Benson/Morris tied the score with a goal with two minutes left in the period and took the lead with two goals in the second period.

Curran scored a short-handed goal with just over two minutes to play, but Benson/Morris escaped with a 3-2 win.

River Lakes--1 0 1 - 2
Benson/Morris--1 2 0 - 3

First Period: RL-Kyle Curran (Mike Heinen); B/M-Brady Shorstrom (Wade Gunderson, John Wittenberg);
Second Period: B/M-Dustin Johnson (Gunderson, Shorstrom); B/M-Chris Poppe (Wittenberg);
Third Period: RL-Curran.

Sauk Centre/Melrose 6
River Lakes 0

The Stars played Sauk Centre/ Melrose even for the first period, but allowed three goals in the second and third periods and lost 6-0 on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Junior goalie Justin Hartfiel made 30 saves for the Stars, who were outshot 36-14.

River Lakes--0 0 0 - 0
Sauk Centre/Melrose--0 3 3 - 6

First Period: No scoring;
Second Period: SC/M-Nathan Sunderman (Mike Wichmann, Kevin Hoffman); SC/M-Adam Moritz (Dave Engebretson, Andy Jenc); SC/M-Moritz (Jenc, Craig Meier);
Third Period: SC/M-Sunderman (Eric Grove, Engebretson); SC/M-Hoffman (Sunderman); SC/M-Meier (Jenc, Moritz).

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