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Paynesville Press - December 6, 2006

Stars pepper Flyers for 8-2 conference win

By Michael Jacobson

Ninth grade forward Jenn Paul scored a hat trick, and the River Lakes Stars girls' hockey team peppered Little Falls for 47 shots in an 8-2 conference road victory on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

The Stars (2-5) got their first win in the Central Lakes Conference by outshooting the Flyers 47-13.

Breaking a 1-1 tie, the Stars scored five unanswered goals over a 12-minute span of the first and second periods to build a 6-1 lead. After Little Falls scored again late in the second period, Paul added two goals in the third period to complete her hat trick and make the final score 8-2.

Junior forwards Kenzie Novak and Abbie Rhoda added two goals apiece for the Stars. Rhoda, who also had two assists, led the team with four points in the game. Novak (two goals and an assist), junior forward Greta Omann (three assists), and Paul all had three points for the Stars.

Junior forward Alyssa Kemper had the other goal for the Stars.

For PAHS players, in addition to Paul, senior defenseman Kaila Hartmann assisted on one of Paul's third-period goals, and ninth grade goalie Steph Lucas saw her first varsity action, saving both shots she faced in the third period.

This week, the Stars played at St. Cloud Apollo on Tuesday night. River Lakes will host Willmar on Thursday at the Koronis Civic Arena in Paynesville.

River Lakes--3 3 2 - 8
Little Falls--1 1 0 - 0

Scoring Summary
First Period: RL-Kenzie Novak (Shannon Smith, Greta Omann), 14:08; LF-Kaitlyn Gerads (Shelby Atkinson), 14:42; RL-Jenn Paul (Blythe Sjoberg, Abbie Rhoda), 15:45; RL-Rhoda, 16:19;
Second Period: RL-Novak (Omann), 1:30; RL-Alyssa Kemper (Emma Schott), 6:30; RL-Rhoda (Ellyn Kinzer), 11:23; LF-Gerads (Jenny Orth, Abby Smith), 14:33;
Third Period: RL-Paul (Rhoda, Kaila Hartmann), 4:59; RL-Paul (Omann, Novak), 9:25.

Bemidji 7, River Lakes 2
The River Lakes Stars girls' hockey team scored back-to-back goals to end the first period trailing 3-2 at Bemidji on Friday night, but the Lumberjacks scored four unanswered goals in the second and third periods to win 7-2.

After Bemidji took a 3-0 lead, junior forward Alyssa Kemper scored for the Stars with four minutes to play in the first period. Senior forward Shannon Smith scored with 90 seconds left in the first period to cut the Lumberjacks' lead to 3-2.

But Bemidji scored in the first minute of the second period and added two more goals in that frame plus another in the third period to win the nonconference game 7-2.

The Lumberjacks outshot the Stars 35-7. Sophomore goalie Tracy Skluzacek made 28 saves for the Stars in net.

Senior forward Courtney Josefson recorded a hat trick for Bemidji with four total points. Junior center Sarah Erickson had six assists for Bemidji.

River Lakes--2 0 0 - 2
Bemidji--3 3 1 - 7

Scoring Summary
First Period: B-Courtney Josefson (Sarah Erickson), 16:40; B-Jess Christofferson (Erickson, Josefson), 11:27; B-Josefson (Erickson), 8:00; RL-Alyssa Kemper (Shannon Blomker), 4:01; RL-Shannon Smith (Gina Athmann, Kelsey Athmann), 1:25;
Second Period: B-Christofferon (Erickson), 16:42; B-Annie Swartz (Shelby Sauer), 11:33; B-Josefson (Erickson, Jessica Hunt), 7:29;
Third Period: B-Emily Larson (Erickson), 1:04.

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