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Paynesville Press - February 8, 2006

Stars hand Alexandria first conference loss

By Michael Jacobson

The River Lakes Stars girls' hockey team handed the Alexandria Cardinals their first loss in the Central Lakes Conference 4-1 on Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Richmond.

The Stars scored three straight goals in the second period to break a 1-1 tie at the River Lakes Arena. Senior Marie Omann scored twice within a two-minute span, giving the Stars a 3-1 lead early in the second period.

Senior Amber Schulzetenberge added a short-handed goal later in the second period to make it 4-1.

Ninth grader Tracy Skluzacek made 18 saves for the Stars in net, including 12 over the final two periods while holding Alex scoreless. Alex outshot the Stars 19-18, but Skluzacek made 18 saves, compared to only 14 for Alex.

Eighth grader Jenn Paul scored the Stars' first goal, just under three minutes into the game. Alexandria tied the game four minutes later.

Alexandria (11-1-3 in the CLC) still leads the conference race, a half point ahead of St. Cloud Tech (10-2-2) with a game remaining for Alex and two for Tech. With the win, the Stars finished their conference slate with a record of 7-6-3, tying with the St. Cloud Icebreakers (8-7-1), a co-op between St. Cloud Apollo and St. Cloud Cathedral, for fifth place in the nine-team conference.

The Stars (11-10-3) also raised their season record above .500 with the win.

This week, the seventh-seeded Stars will start the section playoffs on Thursday, Feb. 9, with a game at the River Lakes Arena against tenth-seeded North Wright County.

If the Stars win, they will play at second-seeded Elk River on Saturday at 7 p.m.

The Section 8AA semifinals will be held at Alexandria on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m.

Alexandria--1 0 0 - 1
River Lakes--1 3 0 - 4

Scoring Summary
First Period: RL-Jenn Paul (Amber Schulzetenberge, Abbie Rhoda), 14:19; A-Abby Williams, 10:40;
Second Period: RL-Marie Omann (Shannon Smith, Emma Schott), 6:12; RL-Omann (Paul, Rhoda), 4:15 (pp); RL-Schulzetenberge, 1:37 (sh);
Third Period: No scoring.

River Lakes 4, Litch/DC 3
The Stars ended their regular season with a 4-3 nonconference win at Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato on Thursday, Feb. 2.

The Stars scored two goals in the first period and led throughout the game but needed a third-period goal to seal the victory.

Ninth grader Blythe Sjoberg and eighth grader Jenn Paul scored first-period goals for the Stars, who added to their 2-0 lead with a goal by sophomore Abbie Rhoda early in the second period.

Litch/DC scored a power-play goal midway through the second period and scored an even-strength goal early in the third period to cut that lead to 3-2.

Senior Marie Omann scored a power-play goal with just under six minutes to play to give the Stars a two-goal lead again.

Litch/DC added a power-play goal with just over a minute to play to make the final score 4-3.

The Stars ended their regular season with a record of 12-10-3.

River Lakes--2 1 1 - 4
Litchfield/DC--0 1 2 - 3

Scoring Summary
First Period: RL-Blythe Sjoberg (Greta Omann), 13:00; RL-Jenn Paul (Marie Omann, Kelsey Athmann), 5:50;
Second Period: RL-Abbie Rhoda (Amber Schulzetenberge), 15:20; L/DC-Martha Abramson (Makenzie Anderson, Leah Huggett), 8:35 (pp);
Third Period: L/DC-Molly Piepenburg (Jennifer Kivisto, Andrea Dean), 11:48; RL-Marie Omann (Emma Schott, Rhoda), 5:45 (pp); L/DC-Kayla Salo (Kivisto), 1:17 (pp).

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