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Paynesville Press - November 21, 2001

Stars win opener 8-0

By Jenny Habben

The River Lakes Stars girls' hockey team split their first two games of the season last week, beating Little Falls 8-0 and losing to Brainerd 7-1.

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the Stars traveled to Little Falls for their first game of the season, which they won 8-0.

The Stars simply dominated play for the first two periods. The team's communication was great, and they won the races to the puck.

"It was a fun game to play and we worked really well as a team," said junior Jessie Andrie.

Twenty-three seconds into the first period, senior Jenny Habben scored on a rebound. Shortly after that, Marena Lewis scored unassisted for the Stars.

Lewis scored again with less than a minute and a half left in the first period. Amber Schulzetenberge and Anne Bohlman assisted her. Finally, with an assist from goalie Crystal Songetay, Marya Losinski skated the length of the ice to make the score 4-0.

Habben scored the first goal of the second period on a pass from Schulzetenberge. Shortly after, Losinski again had a beautiful break out and scored unassisted. Kelley Sykora passed the puck to Lewis who found the open net for her third goal, giving her a hat trick.

With less than two minutes to go in the second period, Schulzeten-berge scored with an assist from Marie Omann and Tiffany Clements to make the score 8-0.

In the third period, coach Tom Petroski switched up the Stars' lines giving more girls playing time. Neither team scored in the third.

Petroski was proud of the way the girls played but said the girls still need to work on their positioning.

The Stars outshot Little Falls 38-4. Songetay made all four saves.

The Stars played Willmar yesterday and host St. Cloud Tech at the River Lakes Arena in Richmond next Tuesday, Nov. 27.

River Lakes--4 4 0 - 8
Little Falls--0 0 0 - 0

First Period: RL-Jenny Habben; RL-Marena Lewis; RL-Lewis (Amber Schulzetenberge, Anne Bohlman); RL-Marya Losinski (Crystal Songetay);
Second Period: RL-Habben (Schulzetenberge); RL-Losinski; RL-Lewis (Kelley Sykora); RL- Schulzetenberge (Marie Omann, Tiffany Clements);
Third Period: RL-No scoring.

Brainerd 7, River Lakes 1
The River Lakes Stars girls' hockey team hosted Brainerd on Thursday and lost 7-1.

Brainerd moved their feet more and won the races to the puck to keep the Stars in their defensive zone for a majority of the game.

The Stars were outshot 42-14. Trisha Wendlandt made 35 saves for the Stars.

At the end of the first period, the River Lakes trailed by two goals.

Coach Tom Petroski and his assistant Jim Caron told the girls that they had to do better on their back checking, coverage, and defensive positioning.

The Stars improved their play in the second period and only let the Brainerd girls score one goal.

The Stars, though, fell apart in the third period, allowing two goals early in the period.

However, Anne Bohlman scored a goal on a play that started with Amber Schulzetenberge passing to Jenny Habben, who passed the puck to Bohlman. This cut the Brainerd lead to 5-1, but Brainerd scored two more goals before the end of the game to make the final score 7-1.

"We worked really hard, but we have to work on our positioning more if we want to put up a bigger fight against the tougher teams," said Songetay.

Brainerd--2 1 4 - 7
River Lakes--0 0 1 - 1

First Period: B-Welle (Anderson, Obeidzinski); B-Whalen (Welle, Impola);
Second Period: B-Welle (Campbell, Obeidzinski);
Third Period: B-Holznagel (Whalen); B-Whalen (Holznagel, Impola); RL-Anne Bohlman (Schulzetenberge, Habben); B-Impola (Holznagel); B-Welle (Obeidzinski, Anderson).

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