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Paynesville Press - March 1, 2006

Roseau eliminates River Lakes again 9-0

By Michael Jacobson

The River Lakes Stars boys' hockey team was eliminated from the Section 8AA playoffs on Tuesday, Feb. 21, by Roseau 9-0.

It is the second straight year that the Stars' season ended at Memorial Arena in Roseau. The second-seeded Rams (22-4) scored three goals in each period and outshot the seventh-seeded Stars 65-11 in the 9-0 section quarterfinal victory.

The two teams played scoreless hockey for the first 11 minutes of the game, but then the Rams scored two goals within a 20-second span. They added a third goal in the last minute of the first period and three more in the first six minutes of the second period.

Junior Brian Skluzacek and senior Eric Prowker combined to make 56 saves for the Stars in goal. Skluzacek made 47 saves in the first two periods; the Stars were outshot 32-3 in the first period and 20-6 in the second period. Prowker made nine saves in the third period.v The Rams had seven players score goals and 15 players record points in the game.

Last year, the Stars also traveled to Roseau in the section quarterfinals, with the teams having the identical seedings. Roseau won last year 8-1, outshooting the Stars 52-21.

This is the third time in the past six years that the Stars have lost to Roseau in the section playoffs. In 2000, the Stars traveled to Roseau and lost 13-0, getting outshot 55-7.

Roseau is a traditional hockey power in Minnesota, having won 29 Section 8 titles since 1945. In those 29 state appearances, the Rams have won six state titles and finished second five times. Roseau has produced eight NHL players and seven Olympic hockey players.

The four top seeds in Section 8AA - #1 Moorhead, #2 Roseau, #3 St. Cloud Tech, and #4 Buffalo - all won in the section quarterfinals and advanced to the section semifinals on Saturday. Moorhead beat Buffalo 2-1 on Saturday, and Roseau beat Tech 8-2 to advance to the section final.

The Stars ended their 2005-06 season with a record of 7-19, including 3-12 in the Central Lakes Conference.

Season highlights included taking first place at their Christmas tournament at the Koronis Civic Arena by winning three games, sweeping their season series with Willmar, and defeating St. Cloud Apollo for the first time, scoring two goals in the final minute to win 2-1 in January.

Junior forward Alex Naujokas of Paynesville led the Stars in scoring this year with 17 goals, 19 assists, and 36 points.

Senior defenseman Zach Johnson of Rocori was second with 11 goals, third with 17 assists, and second with 28 points.

Senior center Jamie Paul of Paynesville was fifth with seven goals, second with 18 assists, and third with 25 points.

Sophomore Brett Savelkoul of Paynesville was eighth on the team in scoring with eight points (four goals and four assists). Ninth grader Brutger Mrozek, sophomore Colby Peterson, and senior Derek Looman also played with the Stars this year for Paynesville.

Complete scoring for the Stars this season (goals-assists=points) was: Naujokas (17-19=36); Johnson (11-17=28); Paul (7-18=25); junior Josh Engquist (9-7=16); senior Luke Harren (8-8=16); senior Kurt Peterson (5-8=13); junior Max Lahr (4-5=9); Savelkoul (4-4=8); ninth grader Adam Porwoll (4-2=6); junior Blake Williamson (1-5=6); junior Zach Dingmann (0-4=4); junior Jesse Keehn (1-1=2); junior Eric Wenner (1-0=1); and Looman (0-1=1).

River Lakes--0 0 0 - 0
Roseau--3 3 3 - 9

Scoring Summary
First Period: Ros-Brian Tveit (Derek Biermaier, Nathan Voll), 5:34; Ros-Ben Nelson (Tyler Landman), 5:12; Ros-Dustin Moser (Aaron Ness), 0:42;
Second Period: Ros-Brian McMillin (Kurt Weston, Corey Erickson), 14:14; Ros-Erickson (Weston, McMillin), 13:24; Ros-Weston (McMillin, Erickson), 10:57;
Third Period: Ros-Brady Johnson (Eric Guggisberg, Ben Johnson), 13:23; Ros-Tveit (John Prelvitz, Voll), 9:25; Ros-McMillin (Weston, Alex Orgon), 7:30.

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