Boys hockey: First home game draws large crowd

This article submitted by Kurt Habben on 12/9/97.

On Tuesday, Dec 2, the River Lake boy's hockey team played Annandale/ Maple Lake (AML)-the first game ever for the Stars. Over 350 people were in attendance, showing great interest in the program.

The game started great for the Stars with Aaron Nietzke scoring a goal. The defense, however, wasn't able to keep the lead, giving up a goal a shift later to make the game 1-1. This pattern repeated itself throughout the first half of the game. Dustin Looman broke the deadlock with an excellent shot on a break away goal. But again, AML tied the score.

The Stars were able to take yet another lead at the beginning of the second period, but Annandale/Maple Lake quickly tied it up. While the first period saw both teams skating equally well, the second favored AML. The coach of the Stars, Kevin Mooney, felt AML was beating the Stars to the puck almost every time. The score at the end of two reflected his comment, with AML leading 5-3.

When the third period began, it was evident the Stars were not going to be beaten to the puck any longer. This period was the only one in which the shots on goal were in favor of the Stars, but unfortunately they could not catch up to AML and the Stars lost 8-6.

In retrospect, Mooney felt the boys did an excellent job for their first game. He was a little discouraged with the penalties the Stars incurred, though. He believed they hurt themselves with many penalties that shouldn't of happened. He also felt there was room for the defense and breakouts to improve.

Aaron Nietzke recorded a hat trick during the game. Ryan Mackedanz and Matt Schott also added goals.

River Lakes 2 2 2 ó 6
AML 2 4 2 ó 8

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