Stars split two games by 3-1 score

This article submitted by Courtney Karsch on 12/15/99.

The River Lakes girls' hockey team split two matches last week with a loss against St Cloud Tech and a win against Wadena.

The Stars played Tech at home on Tuesday, Dec. 7, and lost a tough game 3-1. Both the Stars and Tech had defeated the same teams and so they knew it was going to be tough competition.

In the first period, it took the Stars awhile to get into the flow of things. Jenny Habben was called with a hooking penalty to put Tech on the power play. As a result, Tech scored their first goal, the only score of the first period.

The Stars realized that they were only behind by one goal. They improved as the second period went on, but that didn't seem to pay off after the referees made some calls and Tech scored their second goal to put the Stars behind 2-0. To make matters worse, Tech scored again within three minutes to make the score 3-0.

The intensity began to rise out on the ice. Both the teams were getting more aggressive towards each other, and it was turning into a competitive game. An unnecessary call was called on the Stars' Melissa Jungels to put another power play in favor of Tech.

Towards the end of the third and final period, Jungels scored a great goal, but that just wasn't enough for the Stars to win the game. The Stars walked off the ice a little distraught and just wanted to focus on the their next game against Wadena.

"We went back to some old bad habits," said coach Tom Petroski.

St. Cloud Tech--1 2 0 - 3
River Lakes--0 0 1 - 1

First Period: SCT--Andrea Herold (Kari Cowardin, Erika Nelson);
Second Period: SCT--Kristy Eisenreich (Mia Langsjoen); SCT--Britt Pennington (unassisted);
Third Period: RL--Melissa Jungels (Kari Turkowski, Mary Beth Johannes).

Penalties: River Lakes, 3 for six minutes.
Shots on goal: River Lakes 29; Tech 34.
Saves: RL--Shari Vogt 31; SCT--Danielle Sakry 28.

River Lakes 3
Wadena 1
Last Friday, the Stars made a long trip to Wadena to play some good hockey. The Stars always have fun bus rides to away games, so they were really pumped up before the game and were excited to play.

It definitely showed, but Wadena scored the first goal. It was a goal that didn't really affect the Stars' perfor-mance because they knew that they could beat their opponent. They just had to get things together, and that is what they did. Turkowski scored a goal with seven seconds remaining in the first period to give the Stars a boost.

The second period was a great one for the Stars. They were playing their positions, their passes were much improved, and they were scoring more as well. Turkowski had a great hard wrist shot from high in the slot that went in the goal to really get Wadena agitated. To put the Stars ahead 3-1, Courtney Karsch scored a goal that was beautifully assisted by Johannes.

"This is really fun," said Turkowski, the team's captain, during the second period.

In the third period, even though there was no scoring, the Stars continued to have fun while Wadena struggled. The teams had an even number of shots on goal with 18.

River Lakes--1 2 0 - 3
Wadena--1 0 0 - 1

First Period: Wad--unavailable; RL--Kari Turkowski (Melissa Jungels);
Second Period: RL--Turkowski (unassisted); RL--Courtney Karsch (Mary Beth Johannes);
Third Period: no scoring.

Shots on goal: River Lakes 18; Wadena 18.
Saves: RL--Shari Vogt 17.

The Stars played yesterday in Litchfield, and they will play in Richmond on Thursday against Brainerd. Next Tuesday, Dec. 21, they play at St. Cloud Apollo.

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