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Paynesville Press - February 6, 2002

River Lakes skates to 4-4 tie with Sartell

By Michael Jacobson

The River Lakes Stars boys' hockey team skated to a 4-4 tie with Sartell on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Richmond.

The Stars took a 1-0 lead in the first period on a goal by senior Andrew Schmitt, assisted by senior Derek Dahlen, but the Sabres scored three unanswered goals in the second period to take a 3-1 lead.

The Stars earned a tie in the third period thanks to three goals from the line of sophomore Mike Anderson, junior Kyle Curran, and ninth grader Andy Schramel.

The Stars first tied the score with goals by Anderson and junior Kyle Curran within the first seven minutes of the final period, but the Sabres scored 90 seconds later to retake a 4-3 lead. Anderson scored again with nearly six minutes to play to knot the score again at 4-4.

Schramel assisted on all three of the Stars' goals in the final period.

The Stars were outshot 43-20, but sophomore goalie Blake Theisen made 39 saves for River Lakes.

This week, the Stars will host Sauk Centre at the River Lakes Arena in Richmond on Thursday, will play at Minneapolis Edison on Saturday, and will host Becker/Big Lake in Richmond again on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Sartell--0 3 1 0 - 4
River Lakes--1 0 3 0 - 4

First Period: RL-Andrew Schmitt (Derek Dahlen);
Second Period: S-Brian Bruss; S-A.J. Hedstrom (Michael Sauer, Ryan Fitzhum); S-Cave Lanctin;
Third Period: RL-Mike Anderson (Andy Schramel); RL-Kyle Curran (Anderson, Schramel); S-Steven Costley (Bruss, Tyler Trundell); RL- Anderson (Curran, Schramel).

Benson/Morris 3, River Lakes 1
The Stars outshot Benson/Morris during their game at Richmond on Tuesday, Jan. 29, but lost 3-1.

Benson/Morris broke a 1-1 tie with a goal late in the second period and another in the third period. Their goalie made 35 saves, as the Stars outshot them 36-25.

Curran scored the Stars' only goal in the second period, assisted by Anderson and Schramel.

The Stars' overall record is now 4-12-1. "The Stars have had some very competitive games in the past couple weeks," said head coach Kevin Mooney, "but just can't seem to catch any breaks."

"The mood and work ethic of this team is outstanding, even though wins have been hard to come by," he added.

Benson/Morris--0 2 1 - 3
River Lakes--0 1 0 - 1

First Period: No scoring;
Second Period: B/M-Jon Mikkleson (Dan Tengwall, Brady Shorstrom); RL-Kyle Curran (Andy Schramel, Mike Anderson); B/M-Shorstrom (Tengwall);
Third Period: B/M-Wade Gunderson (Dustin Johnson, Kevin O'Shea).

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