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Paynesville Press - December 12, 2001

Stars drop two games

By Jenny Habben

The River Lakes Stars girls' hockey team faced off against the St. Cloud Icebreakers last Tuesday at the Municipal Athletic Complex and against the Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato Dragons in Litchfield last Thursday. The Stars lost both games, 4-0 and 6-1.

The River Lakes came out strong in their game against the Dragons, moving their feet and winning races to the puck.

Four minutes into the first period, Amber Schulzetenberge of the Stars took a pass from Jenny Habben into the offensive zone. Schulzetenberge found the open net to give the Stars the lead.

But the Dragons were able to score a goal before the end of the period to tie the game at 1-1.

The Stars' defense fell apart in the second period, allowing the Dragons to score two more goals.

The River Lakes came out strong in the third period, getting a lot of shots on goal. However, despite their efforts, they were unable to get a goal.

The Dragons put in three more goals to make the final score 6-1.

Alison Slinden led the Dragons with four goals and an assist.

The River Lakes Stars will host Alexandria at the Koronis Civic Arena in Paynesville Township on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. The Stars will also host Little Falls on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the River Lakes Arena in Richmond at 7:30 p.m.

River Lakes--1 0 0 - 1
Litchfield--1 2 3 - 6

First Period: RL-Amber Schulzetenberge (Jenny Habben); L-Alison Slinden;
Second Period: L-Slinden (Brianna Lundeen, Holly Hansen); L-Alexis Anderson (Slinden, Michelle LaLonde);
Third Period: L-Naomi Benda (Carie Ganser); L-Slinden (Ganser, Benda); L-Slinden (LaLonde, Hansen).

St. Cloud 4, River Lakes 0
St. Cloud Apollo shut out the River Lakes Stars 4-0 on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

The Stars had good positioning in the first period and only allowed one goal to be scored. But the Stars struggled with their forechecking and offensive play. The River Lakes had only ten shots on goal.

The Icebreakers came out strong in the second period putting two goals in. However, the Stars were starting to catch on to the Icebreakers' plays, so the Stars stopped the Icebreakers from getting as many shots in the first period.

The River Lakes Stars were unable to score throughout the game but had some good opportunities.

The Stars had three power plays, but the Icebreakers used good defense to halt the Stars' attempts.

In the third period, St. Cloud scored another goal with less than two minutes left in the period, making the final score 4-0.

Goalie Trisha Wendlandt made 18 saves for the Stars.

River Lakes--0 0 0 - 0
St. Cloud--1 2 1 - 4

First Period: SC-Molly McPherson (Caryn Quist, Abbey Olmscheid);
Second Period: SC-Jessica Nei (Olmscheid); SC-Kate Roseland (Sara McPherson);
Third Period: SC-Jessica Melin (Olmscheid).

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