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Paynesville Press - February 2, 2005

Stars sweep Princeton and Sartell

By Michael Jacobson

The River Lakes Stars girls' hockey team scored six times in the second period, beating Princeton 8-3 on Saturday for their eighth win.

Playing at the River Lakes Arena in Richmond, the Stars scored six goals in the second period while outshooting the Tigers 34-7 in the second period, building an 8-2 lead. For the game, the Stars bombarded the Tigers' net with 58 shots with Princeton's goalie keeping the score close by making 50 saves.

girls hockey Seventh grader Jenn Paul started the second-period scoring with a short-handed goal less than a minute into the period. Paul chased down a dumped pass into the Tigers' zone and beat their goalie with a wrist shot to the far, upper corner, giving the Stars a 3-1 lead.

Seventh grader Jenn Paul roofed this wrist shot for a short-handed goal against Princeton on Saturday. This goal started a six-goal, second-period flurry for the Stars, who won 8-3.

Then, in a seven-minute span mid-period, the Stars scored five goals. Junior Amber Schulzeten-berge completed her hat trick with the first goal in this binge. (Schul-zetenberge scored both of the Stars' goals in the first period.) Schul-zetenberge also scored a power-play goal later in the period, notching four tallies for the game.

Junior Marie Omann, junior Allie Stalboerger, and ninth grader Kenzie Novak also scored for the Stars in the second period. Novak also had two assists, Omann had two, and Paul had one for the Stars.

The victory raised the Stars' record to 8-14 this season.

The Stars played their last regular-season game at Morris/ Benson on Tuesday, Feb. 1. They will start section playoffs on Thursday against Sartell/Sauk Rapids at the Bernick's Arena in Sartell at 5:30 p.m. If they win on Thursday, the Stars will face top-seeded and defending state champion Elk River Area on Saturday at Elk River.

Princeton--1 1 1 - 3
River Lakes--2 6 0 - 8

Scoring Summary
First Period: RL-Amber Schulzeten-berge, 16:01; RL-Schulzetenberge, 10:01; P-Courtney Paulson (Shanna Johnson, Chelsea Snodben), 0:44;
Second Period: RL-Jenn Paul, 16:03 (sh); RL-Schulzetenberge (Marie Omann, Kenzie Novak), 11:22; RL-Omann, 10:50; P-Paulson (Johnson), 9:21; RL-Schulzetenberge (Novak, Omann), 7:53 (pp); RL-Allie Stalboerger (Novak), 5:53 (pp); RL-Novak (Paul), 4:48;
Third Period: RL-Johnson, 15:25.

River Lakes 5, Sartell/SR 3
Ninth grader Kenzie Novak scored a hat trick as the Stars defeated Sartell/Sauk Rapids 5-3 on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the River Lakes Arena in Richmond.

Novak scored her first goal two minutes into the game, and the Stars led throughout. Ninth grader Greta Omann added a goal with two minutes to play in the first period as the Stars took a 2-0 lead.

The two teams traded goals for the rest of the game. Sartell/Sauk Rapids scored three goals - two in the second period and one in the third - but the Stars answered each time. When Sartell/SR got within 2-1 two minutes into the second period, Novak scored her second goal 20 seconds later. Sartell/Sauk Rapids scored a power-play goal midway through the second to get within 3-2, but Novak completed her hat trick with a power-play goal with a minute to go in the period.

Neither team scored for the first 15 minutes of the third period. Sartell/Sauk Rapids scored with two minutes to play to cut the Stars' lead to one again at 4-3, but junior Allie Stalboerger scored an empty net goal with a minute left to make the final score 5-3.

Novak assisted on Stalboerger's goal to finish the game with four points.

The Stars outshot Sartell/Sauk Rapids 38-22.

Sartell/SR--0 2 1 - 3
River Lakes--2 2 1 - 5

Scoring Summary
First Period: RL-Kenzie Novak (Amber Schulzetenberge, Jenn Paul), 15:03; RL-Greta Omann (Tori Aretz, Shannon Smith), 2:12;
Second Period: S/SR-Kelly Meier-hofer (Heather Trobec), 14:57; RL-Novak (Schulzetenberge), 14:37; S/SR-Rachael Stoebe (Meierhofer, Megan Wurdelman), 9:05 (pp); RL-Novak (Allie Stalboerger), 1:17 (pp);
Third Period: S/SR-Wurdelman, 2:15 (pp); RL-Stalboerger (Marie Omann, Novak), 0:53 (en).

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