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Paynesville Press - January 30, 2002

Stars struggle with scoring drought

By Jenny Habben

The River Lakes Stars girls' hockey team came up short in their three games against St. Cloud Tech, St. Cloud Apollo, and Princeton last week, failing to score in three losses.

The Stars hosted Tech on Tuesday, Jan. 22, hoping for better results than their first match up, a 9-1 loss. The Stars held Tech to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but couldn't catch the Tigers on their way to an 8-0 win.

"Each game we played this week, was closer than the last time we played them, meaning we have improved and are showing it," said Stars co-captain Anne Bohlman.

Holly Roberts scored two goals for Tech in the first period. The Stars were outshot 16-0 in the first fifteen minutes of the game by the overpowering Tigers.

Tech scored three goals in the second period and three more in the final period to make the score 8-0.

The Tigers outshot the Stars 40-2 for the game. Stars goalie Trisha Wendlandt made 32 saves.

"Tech came out strong as usual and we just couldn't step it up enough to stay with them," said senior Laurie Barten.

The Stars played at Benson on Tuesday night.

They will travel to Alexandria on Thursday for their final regular-season game. The junior varsity will play at 5:30 p.m., and the varsity will play at 7:30 p.m.

The Stars will have their first playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Their opponent and the location of the game have yet to be determined.

St. Cloud Tech--2 3 3 - 8
River Lakes--0 0 0 - 0

First Period: SCT-Holly Roberts (Amy Winters); SCT-Kelly Pearson (Andrea Herold, Angela West);
Second Period: SCT-Britt Pennington (Jill Weitz); SCT-West (Herold);
Third Period: SCT-Herold; SCT-Heidi Benborn (Weitz); SCT-Kenzie Norgart (West).

Apollo 3, River Lakes 0
The Stars lost 3-0 to St. Cloud Apollo on Thursday night in Richmond.

The Stars were only outshot by two in the first period and skated hard to keep the game scoreless for the first 15 minutes.

Junior Marena Lewis explained, "In the first period, we played well but then we lost confidence."

The Icebreakers scored two goals in the second period, due to some breakdowns in River Lakes' defensive coverage.

Apollo also outshot the Stars 11-3.

The Icebreakers managed another goal in the third period to win 3-0.

Wendlandt made 23 saves for the Stars.

Apollo--0 2 1 - 3
River Lakes--0 0 0 - 0

First Period: no scoring; Third Period: SCA-Roder (Murphy).

Princeton 4, River Lakes 0
The Stars' scoring drought continued on Saturday in a 4-0 road loss to the Princeton Tigers. Princeton, on the other hand, scored three goals in the second period, two short-handed and the other at even strength.

The Tigers scored once in the third period to make the final score 4-0.

"Saturday's game against Princeton was a good example of how a lot of our games have been played this year," said coach Tom Petroski. "We were much more competitive, but have been unable to play consistently for three full periods. Hopefully, we'll be able to work together through the final week of the season and head into regions on a positive note."

Wendlandt and junior Crystal Songetay split time in goal. They combined their efforts to make 20 saves for River Lakes.

River Lakes--0 0 0 - 0
Princeton--0 3 1 - 4

First Period: no scoring;
Second Period: P-Emily Blaine; P-Blaine; P-Susy Meeger;
Third Period: P-Meeger (Allison Swanson).

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