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Paynesville Press - December 13, 2006

Third-period flurry lifts Stars 11-4

By Michael Jacobson

The River Lakes Stars girls' hockey team broke open their Central Lakes Conference game with Willmar by scoring six goals in the third period, beating the Cardinals 11-4 on Thursday at the Koronis Civic Arena in Paynesville.

Ninth grade forward Jenn Paul of Paynesville and junior forward Greta Omann of Rocori both scored hat tricks in the victory.

Paul scored twice in the second period, as the Stars broke a 2-2 tie and took a 5-3 lead into the final period. She completed her second hat trick this season with 4:37 to play, starting a spree of three goals in less than 30 seconds for the Stars.

Omann scored three of the Stars' six goals in the third period, finishing her hat trick, and the scoring for the game, with two minutes to play. She also recorded two assists to lead the team with five points. Paul, with one assist, had four points.

Junior forward Kenzie Novak scored two goals and had an assist for three points.

Junior forward Alyssa Kemper also scored two goals for the Stars, and ninth grader Kelsey Athmann scored the 11th goal for River Lakes.

In all, 13 Stars players recorded a point (either a goal or an assist) during the game. Other players with multiple points (two assists) were junior forward Lindsay Schmitt, senior forward Shannon Smith, and ninth grade forward Blythe Sjoberg.

The Stars are now 3-6 overall and 2-3 in the Central Lakes Conference

This week, the Stars will play at Sartell on Thursday night. They will play Rogers/Zimmerman at the Elk River Arena on Saturday, with the junior varsity starting at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity at 7:30 p.m.

Next week, the Stars will host Fergus Falls on Tuesday at the Koronis Civic Arena in Paynesville.

Willmar--2 1 1 - 4
River Lakes--2 3 6 - 11

Scoring Summary
First Period: W-Erin Sheenan (Elizabeth Flickinger, Sarah Hulscher), 12:15; RL-Alyssa Kemper (Shannon Blomker, Lindsey Schmitt), 10:59; W-Chelsea Beilhartz (Sheenan), 10:15; RL-Kenzie Novak (Greta Omann, Shannon Smith), 7:52;
Second Period: RL-Jenn Paul (Blythe Sjoberg, Ashley Meyer), 12:52; RL-Kemper (Schmitt), 11:38; W-Chelsea Wierschem (Alexandra Sing), 9:10; RL-Paul (Novak), 1:19;
Third Period: RL-Omann (Smith), 16:39; W-Sheenan (Samantha Sing), 11:55; RL-Kelsey Athmann (Omann, Paul), 10:45; RL-Paul (Megan Bergeson, Sjoberg), 4:37; RL-Omann, 4:20; RL-Novak (Courtney Schirmers, Athmann), 4:11; RL-Omann (Emma Schott), 2:08.

Icebreakers 5, Stars 0
Junior defenseman Anne Schleper scored four goals as the St. Cloud Icebreakers - comprised by St. Cloud Apollo and St. Cloud Cathedral - beat the Stars 5-0 on Tuesday, Dec. 5, in St. Cloud.

Schleper scored once in the first period, twice in the second period, and once in the third period to record a hat trick. Senior forward Anna Hall scored the other goal for the Icebreaks, as well as assisting Schleper twice.

The Icebreakers outshot the Stars 27-17, with their goalie making 17 saves to record a shutout.

Icebreakers--1 3 1 - 5
River Lakes--0 0 0 - 0

Scoring Summary
First Period: SCI-Anne Schleper, 4:34;
Second Period: SCI-Schleper, 8:51; SCI-Schleper (Anna Hall), 6:28; SCI-Hall, 1:20;
Third Period: SCI-Schleper (Hall), 9:16.

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