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Paynesville Press - January 23, 2002

Stars drop three conference games

By Jenny Habben

Girls hockey The River Lakes Stars girls' hockey team had a busy week with three games against St. Cloud Tech, Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato, and Sartell/Sauk Rapids, losing all three.

Marya Losinski (8) takes a pass from Laurie Barten (6) and break from the defensive zone with Julia Mehr (2).

The Stars faced off against the top team in the conference, St. Cloud Tech, on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Tech proved to be the better team in a 9-1 win.

Two minutes into the game, Holly Roberts scored to give Tech a quick start. Roberts had a hat trick and four assists for Tech. Jill Weitz and Andrea Herold also had hat tricks for Tech.

Senior Laurie Barten found the open net on a breakout to tie the game at 1-1; however, the Stars were unable to hold onto their ground. Tech scored once more in the first, three times in the second, and four times in the third.

The skillful Tigers outshot the Stars 36-4 for the game. Stars goalie Trisha Wendlandt made 27 saves.

The Stars played Tech, again, on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

The Stars will host St. Cloud Apollo on Thursday at the River Lakes Arena in Richmond at 7:30 p.m. The Stars will travel to Princeton on Saturday, for a game at 7:30 p.m. and will also travel to Benson on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

The River Lakes junior varsity team will also host a game on Monday, Jan. 28, against Sartell/ Sauk Rapids at the Koronis Civic Arena in Paynesville Township at 4:30 p.m.

River Lakes--1 0 0 - 1
St. Cloud Tech--2 3 4 - 9

First Period: SCT-Holly Roberts (Jill Weitz); RL-Laurie Barten; SCT- Roberts (Weitz);
Second Period: SCT-Weitz (Roberts); SCT-Andrea Herold (Roberts); SCT-Weitz (Liz Scherer);
Third Period: SCT-Herold (Roberts); SCT-Herold (Roberts); SCT-Weitz (Scherer); SCT-Roberts (Herold).

Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 2
River Lakes 0

The Stars hosted Litchfield/ Dassel-Cokato on Thursday at the Koronis Civic Arena and lost 2-0.

The Stars had trouble with their offensive play in the first 15 minutes of the game, which resulted in being out shot 11-0. The Dragons scored one goal in the first period.

Alison Slinden scored both goals for Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato.

The game was full of penalty kills and power plays with Litchfield/ Dassel-Cokato receiving seven penalties and the Stars having two.

Despite the Stars' many power-play advantages, they were unable to take control of the puck and turn it into a scoring opportunity. In fact the only goal during a power-play was scored short-handed by Slinden.

The River Lakes were outshot 15-6 by the Dragons.

In all, the Stars were outshot 38-11. Wendlandt made 36 saves.

Litch/D-C--1 0 1 - 2
River Lakes--0 0 0 - 0

First Period: LDC-Alison Slinden;
Second Period: no scoring;
Third Period: LDC-Slinden.

Sartell/Sauk Rapids 3
River Lakes 2

The River Lakes lost 3-2 on Saturday in an exciting game against Sartell/Sauk Rapids at Richmond for Parents' Night.

The game was tied 2-2 after the first period and remained that way until Sartell scored in the third period on a power play.

Amber Schulzetenburge scored two minutes into the first period after taking a pass at center ice from Marya Losinski.

Twenty-five seconds later, Sartell/ Sauk Rapids answered with a goal of their own. Sartell/Sauk Rapids scored again to take a 2-1 lead.

Marena Lewis scored to tie the game at 2-2 by tippin in Losinski's shot.

Both teams played great defense in the second period, and there was no scoring.

Finally, three minutes into the third period, Sartell/Sauk Rapids scored during a power play to take the lead again, 3-2.

The Stars were unable to tie the game with the remaining time despite pulling the goalie with less than a minute left for a one-person advantage.

The Stars were outshot 32-18 and Wendlandt made 29 saves.

Sartell/Sauk Rapids--2 0 1 - 3
River Lakes--2 0 0 - 2

First Period: RL-Amber Schulzeten-burge (Marya Losinski, Jenny Habben); SSR-Jamie Schmitz (Britt Beck); SSR-Beck (Steph DeBettignies); RL-Marena Lewis (Losinksi, Schulzetenburge);
Second Period: no scoring;
Third Period: SSR-Schmitz (Beck).

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