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Paynesville Press - February 2, 2005

Willmar, STMA trip Stars

By Michael Jacobson

The River Lakes Stars boys' hockey team's struggle to find the back of the net led to a 3-1 loss to St. Michael-Albertville on Saturday night at the Koronis Civic Arena.

The Stars outshot the Knights 40-24 but lost 3-1 when the STMA goalie made 39 saves.

The Knights scored their first goal with 90 seconds to play in the first period, taking a 1-0 lead. They scored again four minutes into the second period to build a 2-0 lead.

Senior Andy Schramel scored for the Stars midway through the second period, cutting the Stars' deficit to 2-1. But the Stars could not get a tying goal, despite peppering the STMA goal with 30 shots in the second and third periods.

alex STMA sealed the nonconference victory with an empty-net goal with 30 seconds to play.

The Stars are now 6-11-2 this year. They are 2-5-2 in games decided by two goals or less this season.

Sophomore Alex Naujokas scored a goal and assisted on another during the Stars' 7-3 loss at Willmar on Friday.

This week, the Stars hosted Morris/Benson at the Koronis Civic Arena on Tuesday night in their last regular-season home game of the year. They will also play at St. Cloud Tech on Thursday and next week will play at Sartell on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

STMA--1 1 1 - 3
River Lakes--0 1 0 - 1

Scoring Summary
First Period: STMA-Zach Johnson (Adam Valerius), 1:37;
Second Period: STMA-Grant Helgeson (Chris Kinnamon, Valerius), 13:24; RL-Andy Schramel (Blake Williamson), 7:48;
Third Period: STMA-Tyler Starr (Brandon Lavalle), 0:29 (en).

Willmar 7, River Lakes 3
The Willmar Cardinals scored four times in an eight-minute span to start the third period, turning a 3-2 lead into a 7-2 advantage and beating the Stars 7-3 on Saturday in Willmar.

The Stars rallied after falling behind 3-0 with a strong second period. Willmar had scored twice in the first period and again to start the second period, with two of these goals coming on power plays. But the Stars outshot Willmar 22-4 in the second period. Sophomore Alex Naujokas scored the Stars' first goal midway through the second period and assisted on senior Andy Schramel's goal less than a minute later, cutting Willmar's lead to 3-2.

But Willmar outshot the Stars 24-6 in the final period - and 45-30 for the game - and scored four times in the first nine minutes of the period, scoring their first goal in this stretch at the one-minute mark and their last at the nine-minute mark.

Senior Bo Sjoberg scored a goal for the Stars with just over a minute to play to make the final score 7-3.

River Lakes--0 2 1 - 3
Willmar--2 1 4 - 7

Scoring Summary
First Period: W-Benjamin Darval (Daniel Swanson), 9:43 (pp); W-Alex Berghuis, 7:46;
Second Period: W-Tyler Wahl (Darval), 12:33 (pp); RL-Alex Naujokas, 10:30; RL-Andy Schramel (Naujokas), 9:49;
Third Period: W-Josh Asleson (Darval), 16:09; W-Swanson (Cass Wierschem, Darval), 14:56; W-Bryce Dahl, 10:42; W-Scot Gregg (Wierschem), 8:05; RL-Bo Sjoberg (Zach Johnson, Luke Campbell), 1:18 (pp).

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