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|Paynesville Press - January 25, 2006|
Stars dominate Willmar again 9-1
The River Lakes Stars honored their six seniors and thumped Willmar 9-1 on Thursday at the Koronis Civic Arena. |
The Stars broke a 1-1 tie midway through the first period by scoring five goals in the last six minutes of the period. With just under six minutes to play in the first period, sophomore Kenzie Novak gave the Stars a 2-1 lead. Sophomore Abbie Rhoda followed with a goal less than 30 seconds later, and senior Amber Schulzetenberge scored just under the five-minute mark, turning a 1-1 tie into a 4-1 lead in a minute span.
Rhoda and Schulzetenberge added goals later in the period, with Schulzetenberge completing her hat trick in the first period (having also scored the Stars' first goal).
Senior Sheena Hoekstra (18) attempts to knock the puck past the Willmar goalie during the second period last week while linemates senior Allie Stalboerger (16) and sophomore Kenzie Novak (8) come to help.
Leading 6-1, the Stars added three goals in the second period, with Novak scoring again as wel as senior Allie Stalboerger and sophomore Greta Omann.
The Stars allowed nine shots to Willmar in the first period, but only five over the next two periods, including none in the third period, which was played using running time. The Stars outshot the Cardinals 61-14.
Rhoda led the Stars with five points (two goals and three assists); Schulzetenberge (three goals and one assist) and eighth grader Jenn Paul (four assists) each had four points. Novak (two goals and one assist) and Stalboerger (one goal and two assists) added three points each. Omann had a goal and an assist to be the only other multi-point scorer for the Stars.
Sophomore Great Omann of Rocori celebrated her goal in the second period against Willmar last week.
With the season sweep of Willmar - the Stars beat Willmar 7-0 in December - the Stars improved their record in the Central Lakes Conference to 5-5-2 with two games to play.
Seniors honored by the Stars on Thursday were Shelisa Demuth, Kayla Fraley, Sheena Hoekstra (of PAHS), Marie Omann, Schulzeten-berge, and Stalboerger.
This week, the Stars (9-10-2) played at Sartell on Tuesday. They will host Fergus Falls on Thursday at the Koronis Civic Arena in Paynesville.
Next week, the Stars will host Alexandria on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the River Lakes Arena in Richmond in their last conference game.
Icebreakers 3, River Lakes 2
The Stars had taken a 2-0 lead with a second-period goal by senior center Allie Stalboerger and a third-period goal by eighth grade forward Jenn Paul. Stalboerger scored the first goal with seven minutes to play in the second period, breaking the scoreless tie after 27 minutes of play. Paul's goal gave the Stars a 2-0 lead four minutes into the third period.
The host Icebreakers, whom the Stars beat 6-2 in Richmond in December, tied the game with two goals over a 90-second span midway through the period. Six minutes remained to play when the Icebreakers scored the tying goal.
The Icebreakers, who outshot the Stars 23-21, scored the winning goal with 90 seconds to play.
The win improved the Icebreakers (St. Cloud Apollo and St. Cloud Cathedral) to 6-5-1 in the Central Lakes Conference and dropped the Stars to 4-5-2.
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