Boys hockey: Win first game this season

This article submitted by Kurt Habben on 12/16/97.

The River Lakes boys high school hockey team won their first game Saturday night, defeating Morris 4-2 on Morris' home ice. The game was very physical, but the Stars were able to keep a cool composure.

The first period was relatively slow, with both teams scoring one goal. Aaron Neitzke scored the only River Lakes goal for the period.

The second period turned out to be one of the most penalty filled and interesting periods any of the players or coaches had ever seen. Every possible playing situation was played, with three on three, four on four, etc. During the hectic period, the Stars lost defenseman Jeff Haselhorst for the next game because of a kicking call.

The Stars, angered at the call, rallied to score three goals during the period. Dustin Looman assisted both Brad Koltes and Jeremy Curran on the first two goals of the period. After a Morris goal, Neitzke scored another unassisted goal to make the score 4-2.

The third period was also very physical and neither team could advance their score amidst the tough defenses. Nine penalties were called in the period, making the total number of penalties for the game 21.

Coach Kevin Mooney was very happy with the way the Stars kept their composure during the game. He felt Morris lost their poise when the game turned physical, leading to the Stars' victory.

River Lakes: 1 3 0 - 4
Morris: 1 1 0 - 2

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