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Paynesville Press - December 13, 2006

Apollo topples Stars in conference opener

By Michael Jacobson

St. Cloud Apollo scored two goals late in the second period and another in the first minute of the third period and beat the River Lakes Stars boys' hockey team 4-2 on Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Richmond.

After nearly 30 minutes of scoreless skating, St. Cloud Apollo took a 1-0 lead with five minutes to play in the second period. They added a goal in the last minute of the second period and a third in the first minute of the third period, building a 3-0 lead.

Senior center Alex Naujokas scored two goals for the Stars in a three-minute span of the third period, trimming Apollo's lead to one goal, 3-2, with 11 minutes to play.

The Stars, however, could not net the tying goal, and the Eagles added an empty-net goal with a second to play to make the final score 4-2.

Senior goalie Brian Skluzacek made 43 saves for the Stars in goal. River Lakes was outshot 47-38 in their first conference game.

This week, the Stars (1-3) traveled to St. Cloud Cathedral on Tuesday for a nonconference game. The Stars will host Sartell in a Central Lakes Conference game on Thursday at the River Lakes Arena in Richmond.

Next week, the Stars will travel to Fergus Falls for a conference game on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

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

Scoring Summary
First Period: No scoring;
Second Period: SCA-Chad Hocke-meyer, 4:50; SCA-Nico Demm (Hockemeyer), 0:32;
Third Period: SCA-Demm (Tom Brown), 16:10; RL-Alex Naujokas (Blake Williamson), 13:51; RL-Naujokas, 11:17; SCA-Hockemeyer, 0:01 (en).

Benson-Morris 5, River Lakes 2
Benson/Morris scored three times in the third period, breaking a 2-2 tie and winning a nonconference game with the Stars by a score of 5-2 on Thursday at the River Lakes Arena in Richmond.

Benson/Morris took a 3-2 lead two and a half minutes into the final period and added another goal 16 seconds later. Their final tally came with seven minutes to play.

Senior center Josh Engquist gave the Stars a 1-0 lead by scoring in the first minute of the game.

Sophomore Peter Lindblad, who assisted on all three third-period goals, scored a goal later in the first period and a goal seven minutes into the second period to give Benson/Morris a 2-1 lead.

Senior center Alex Naujokas tied the score at 2-2 just over a minute later, with an assist from Engquist.

Senior goalie Brian Skluzacek made 47 saves for the Stars, who were outshot 52-28.

Benson/Morris--1 1 3 - 5
River Lakes--1 1 0 - 2

Scoring Summary
First Period: RL-Josh Engquist (Jesse Keehn), 16:36; B/M-Peter Lindblad (Tony Schultz), 13:33;
Second Period: B/M-Lindblad (Josh Griffith, Schultz), 9:57; RL-Alex Naujokas (Engquist), 8:44;
Third Period: B/M-Schultz (Lindblad), 14:28; B/M-Griffith (Lindblad), 14:12; B/M-David Holte (Schultz, Lindblad), 7:04.

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