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|Paynesville Press - November 23, 2005|
Stars get first win at home 9-2
The River Lakes Stars girls' hockey team scored three unanswered goals in the first period and six in a row in the second period to defeat Benson/Morris 9-2 and get their first win of the season at the Koronis Civic Arena in Paynesville on Tuesday, Nov. 15.|
Benson/Morris scored the first goal of the game in the first minute of play, but River Lakes scored three goals in the period (by junior Shannon Smith, by senior Marie Omann, and by ninth grader Kenzie Novak) to take a 3-1 lead.
In the second period, Benson/ Morris struck first again, scoring again in the first minute of play.
This time, the Stars responded with six goals. Senior Amber Schulzetenberge scored a minute later, picking up a loose puck in front of the Benson/Morris goal and scoring to give the Stars a 4-2 lead.
Senior Allie Stalboerger - shown scoring against Benson-Morris on a rebound - scored the go-ahead goal against Brainerd on Thursday, though Brainerd rallied for a 4-4 tie.
Then sophomore Abbie Rhoda scored on a breakaway three minutes later to make it 5-2.
The Stars (1-2-1) scored two goals on the same shift, 20 seconds apart, to take the wind out of Benson/Morris. First, eighth grader Jenn Paul drove to the net, and Novak knocked in the rebound. Then Paul kept the puck in the Benson/Morris zone, and Novak found Omann wide open in front of the net, making the score 7-2.
Five minutes later, senior Allie Stalboerger scored on a rebound after Schulzetenberge's short-handed breakaway attempt to make it 8-2, and then Novak completed her hat trick with two minutes to play in the second period. Novak picked up a loose puck near center ice, skated into the Benson/Morris zone, and buried a shot in the top shelf from the top of the circle, increasing the Stars's lead to 9-2.
Neither team scored during the third period, which was played with running time due to the Stars' seven-goal lead. The Stars outshot Benson/Morris 50-13.
This week, the Stars played at St. Cloud Tech on Tuesday. The Stars will play in the Duluth East Tourney over the Thanksgiving weekend, with games on Friday, Nov. 25, and Saturday, Nov. 26. Their first game is against Bloomington Kennedy on Friday, Nov. 25, at 8 p.m.
Next week, the Stars will host Little Falls at the River Lakes Arena in Richmond on Tuesday, Nov. 29.
River Lakes 4, Brainerd 4
After Brainerd took the lead in the first period, the Stars tied the game in the second period, took the lead in the third, and settled for a 4-4 tie despite outshooting Brainerd 34-22. It was the first conference game for the Stars in the Central Lakes.
Brainerd took a 2-0 lead midway through the first period, and the Stars got on the board when senior Marie Omann scored with one second left in the first period, cutting Brainerd's lead to 2-1.
Brainerd struck first again in the second period, retaking a two-goal lead at 3-1. In the last five minutes of the second, though, the Stars scored twice to tie the score at 3-3.
First, sophomore Abbie Rhoda scored and then Omann scored again 90 seconds later.
The Stars took their only lead of the game, 4-3, when senior Allie Stalboerger scored a minute into the third period. Brainerd, though, tied the game with a goal five minutes later, and the two teams skated for 15 minutes during the rest of the period and overtime without any scoring.
Buffalo 5, River Lakes 1
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