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Paynesville Press - February 8, 2006

Stars score 11 straight in 14-2 win

By Michael Jacobson

The River Lakes Stars boys' hockey team scored 11 unanswered goals over the first and second periods and easily defeated Becker/ Big Lake 14-2 at the Koronis Civic Arena in Paynesville on Friday, scoring a season high of 14 goals.

With the game tied at 1-1, freshman forward Adam Porwoll and junior forward Alex Naujokas scored back-to-back goals within a 30-second span to give the Stars the lead for good at 3-1.

Senior forward Jamie Paul scored his second goal of the first period less than a minute later to increase that lead to 4-1, and senior Kurt Peterson scored in the last minute of the first period to make the score 5-1.

bhckygoal In the second period, the Stars outscored Becker/Big Lake 7-0, increasing their lead to 12-1. Naujokas scored in the first minute of the period to start the offensive barrage for the Stars, and then Porwoll scored again.

Sophomore forward Brett Savelkoul recorded his first varsity hat trick on Friday, as the River Lakes Stars boys' hockey team scored a season-high 14 goals, including 11 in a row, and beat Becker/Big Lake 14-2 in Paynesville.

Sophomore Brett Savelkoul recorded his first varsity hat trick by notching three goals in the second period. Junior forward Josh Engquist and junior defenseman Blake Williamson also scored for the Stars in the period.

Becker/Big Lake scored their second goal in the first minute of the third period, but the Stars added two goals after that to make the final 14-2. Naujokas completed his hat trick with a goal in the third period, and Engquist scored his second goal in the period.

The Stars set a season high with 14 goals in the victory, their seventh of the season. Last year, the Stars beat Becker/Big Lake 7-0.

The goal total was the most for the Stars since December 2003 when they beat Benson 15-0.

Paul (two goals and five assists) and Naujokas (three goals and four assists) led the Stars in scoring with seven points apiece. Engquist (two goals and two assists), senior defenseman Zach Johnson (four assists), and Savelkoul (three goals and one assist) each added four points. Junior forward Max Lahr (three assists) and Porwoll (a goal and two assists) added three points.

It was the last game in Paynes-ville for PAHS seniors Paul and Derek Looman, who had his first varsity point with an assist.

The Stars (7-16) will play their only game this week at Little Falls on Thursday.

Becker/Big Lake--1 0 1 - 2
River Lakes--5 7 2 - 14

Scoring Summary
First Period: RL-Jamie Paul (Zach Johnson), 14:49 (pp); B/BL-Tomlinsen (Rossman, Pop), 10:01; RL-Adam Porwoll (Jesse Keehn, Max Lahr), 7:33; RL-Alex Naujokas (Josh Engquist, Brett Savelkoul), 7:05; RL-Paul (Kurt Peterson), 6:21; RL-Peterson (Derek Looman, Paul), 0:23;
Second Period: RL-Naujokas, 16:02; RL-Porwoll (Engquist, Lahr), 15:22; RL-Savelkoul (Paul, Naujokas), 13:42; RL-Engquist (Porwoll, Johnson), 10:41; RL-Savelkoul (Naujokas, Paul), 4:01; RL-Blake Williamson (Paul, Naujokas), 3:38; RL-Savelkoul (Naujokas), 0:56;
Third Period: B/BL-Tomlinsen (Bjorland), 16:40; RL-Naujokas (Johnson, Paul), 10:55; RL-Engquist (Lahr, Johnson), 3:51.

STMA 3, River Lakes 2
The Stars squandered a two-goal lead, allowing three goals in the second period and dropping a nonconference game at St. Michael-Albertville on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

The Stars got first-period goals from senior forward Luke Harren and junior forward Max Lahr to take a 2-0 lead, despite being outshot 18-8 in the first period. Junior goalie Brian Skluzacek made 18 of his 27 saves in the first period.

STMA, though, found the net three times in the second period, scoring an even-strength goal two minutes into the period, scoring a power-play goal ten minutes into the period, and scoring the winning goal while short-handed with a minute to go in the period.

After STMA tied the game 2-2, the Stars had four power-play chances over the second and third periods, but STMA scored the only goal while short-handed to win 3-2.

The Stars dominated the play in the third period and rattled the pipes, said coach Jeff Boonstra, but the tying goal eluded them.

River Lakes--2 0 0 - 2
STMA--0 3 0 - 3

Scoring Summary
First Period: RL-Luke Harren (Jamie Paul, Alex Naujokas), 8:29; RL-Max Lahr (Kurt Peterson, Josh Engquist), 3:05;
Second Period: STMA-Jake Kohing (Davey Heskin), 14:53; STMA-Zach Johnson (Travis Valerius, Jon Ebert), 6:32 (pp); STMA-Nate Koew (Ebert, Calvin Meyer), 1:04 (sh);
Third Period: No scoring.

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