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Paynesville Press - February 4, 2004

Stars skate to 3-3 tie at Sartell

By Michael Jacobson

After a back-and-forth third period, the River Lakes Stars girls' hockey team skated to a 3-3 tie against Sartell/Sauk Rapids on Thursday in Sartell.

Girls fight for the puck Sartell/Sauk Rapids took a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game and held that lead until the third period. The Stars scored three times in the third period, even taking a 3-2 lead, but Sartell/Sauk Rapids tied the game with 13 seconds left in regulation. Neither team scored in eight minutes of overtime.

Sophomore forwards Ashley Aretz (2) and Amber Schulzetenberge pressure a Willmar player and try to take the puck last week in a game at the Koronis Civic Arena. Both Aretz and Schulzetenberge scored for the Stars, but Willmar won the game 6-3.

Sophomore Anna Olson scored for the Stars nine minutes into the third period to tie the game at 1-1. Sartell/Sauk Rapids retook the lead 2-1 four minutes later, but the Stars tied the score again 17 seconds later.

Then the Stars took a 3-2 lead with a second goal in 30 seconds. Sophomore Marie Omann scored the tying goal for the Stars, and eighth grader Abbie Rhoda scored the go-ahead goal for the Stars, assisted by Omann.

Sartell/Sauk Rapids' late goal prevented the Stars from recording a victory, but the team did earn their second tie of the season. Their season record is now 7-9-2.

This week, the Stars played at Morris on Tuesday. They will host Alexandria on Thursday at the Koronis Civic Arena in Paynesville. Next week, they will host Litchfield at the Koronis Civic Arena on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

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

Scoring Summary
First Period: S/SR-Heather Trobec (Katie Peterson);
Second Period: No scoring;
Third Period: RL-Anna Olson; S/SR-Allison Bell; RL-Marie Omann; RL-Abbie Rhoda (Omann); S/SR-Bell (Kelly Meierhofer, Jamie Schmitz);
Overtime: No scoring.

Willmar 6, River Lakes 3
The Stars rallied to score three goals in the third period but could not overcome a 4-0 deficit and lost 6-3 to Willmar on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Koronis Civic Arena in Paynesville.

Willmar took a 1-0 lead in the first period, added two goals in the second period, and scored the first goal of the third period to lead 4-0. Both teams scored three goals in the third period. The closest the Stars got was 5-3, when sophomores Amber Schulzetenberge and Ashley Aretz scored back-to-back goals in a span of three minutes.

Willmar scored their last goal with two seconds to play, making the final score 6-3.

Sophomore Anna Olson scored the Stars' first goal with ten minutes to play in the third period.

Senior goalie Trish Wendlandt made 28 saves for the Stars, who were outshot 34-25.

Willmar--1 2 3 - 6
River Lakes--0 0 3 - 3

Scoring Summary
First Period: W-Kali Gravgaard (Alyssa Dahl, Jordan Nielson);
Second Period: W-Gabbi Gesch (Mandi Samuelson); W-Samuelson (Dahl, Gravgaard);
Third Period: W-Samuelson (Dahl, Gravgaard); RL-Anna Olson (Kenzie Novak); W-Gravgaard; RL-Amber Schulzetenberge (Allie Stalboerger); RL-Ashley Aretz (Marie Omann, Stal-boerger); W-Samuelson (Gesch, Dahl).

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