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Paynesville Press - December 5, 2001

Stars drop opener, 5-1

By Michael Jacobson

The River Lakes Stars boys' hockey team lost its opener to Sartell/Sauk Rapids on Thursday, 5-1.

Sartell/Sauk Rapids built a 4-0 lead with two goals in the first, a goal in the second, and another in the third before the Stars got on the scoreboard. Nick Plumhoff scored an unassisted goal for the Stars in the third period.

Sartell/Sauk Rapids added another goal in the third period to make the final 5-1.

"The score should have been closer," said Stars' head coach Kevin Mooney, "but they clearly outplayed us."

The Stars were outshot 29-13. Sophomore goalie Blake Theisen made 24 saves for the Stars.

The Stars should have a couple chances for their first victory this week, according to Mooney. River Lakes played Becker/Big Lake at Elk River on Tuesday and play at Delano at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

The Stars will play their first home game on Tuesday, Dec. 11, when they host Sleepy Eye at the Koronis Civic Arena in Paynesville. That game will start at 7 p.m.

River Lakes--0 0 1 - 1
Sartell/Sauk Rapids--2 1 2 - 5

First Period: S/SR-Noah Kelm; S/SR-Sean Bryant (Kelm, Brian Bruss);
Second Period: S/SR-Steve Costley (Stephen Stoebe, Dan Popowski);
Third Period: S/SR-Popowski (Mike Binsfeld, Nate Arskog); RL-Nate Plumhoff; S/SR-Bruss (Binsfeld).

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