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Paynesville Press - December 19, 2001

Third-period outburst costs the Stars

By Michael Jacobson

Three third period goals by Sleepy Eye cost the River Lakes Stars boys' hockey team its best chance for victory so far this season at the Koronis Civic Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

The Stars led 2-1 after two periods, but Sleepy Eye, despite having only 13 skaters, scored three times in the third period to win 4-2.

Sleepy Eye scored two power play goals in the first three minutes of the third period to take the lead. Then Sleepy Eye added an insurance goal with eight minutes to play.

Senior wing Loren Beltz scored three goals for Sleepy Eye.

After 14 minutes of back-and-forth play with no scoring, the Stars took the lead with 33 seconds left in the first period when sophomore forward Mike Anderson scored, with assists from junior Kyle Curran and freshman Andy Schramel. This goal gave the Stars a 1-0 lead and was the first of three goals in the next minute of play.

The Stars relinquished their lead by allowing a goal to Beltz with 12 seconds left in the period, but retook the lead with Anderson scoring again six seconds into the second period. Once again, Curran and Schramel got assists.

After this flurry of scoring, the teams played the rest of the second period without any scoring. Then Sleepy Eye handed the Stars' their third loss of the season with their third-period outburst.

Sleepy Eye outshot the Stars 30-27 with goalie Blake Theisen making 26 saves for the Stars.

Sleepy Eye--1 0 3 - 4
River Lakes--1 1 0 - 2

First Period: RL-Mike Anderson (Kyle Curran, Andy Schramel); SE-Loren Beltz;
Second Period: RL-Anderson (Curran, Schramel);
Third Period: SE-Beltz (Terry Tauer); SE-Tauer (Jacob Bohnen);SE-Beltz (Chad Armbruster).

Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake 4, River Lakes 1
Freshman Andy Schramel scored a goal with less than five minutes to go in the third period to cut the Stars' deficit to one, at 2-1, but Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake (M/A/ML) added two late goals to win 4-1.

The Stars outshot M/A/ML 7-3 in the first period but M/A/ML got the only goal. They outshot the Stars 11-1 in the second period and added a power play goal to lead 2-0.

Schramel, a wing, scored with 4:30 to play, assisted by center Kyle Curran and defenseman Mike McMahon. But M/A/ML scored with three minutes to play and added a goal into the empty net with 90 seconds to play.

"Unfortunately, we lost both games, said coach Kevin Mooney of the team's two games last week, "but the boys worked very hard and if we had gotten a few breaks in both games I think we could have won.

Despite the winless start after four games, Mooney said "the team is still very positive and working harder every day. I see the season turning in our favor real soon.

This week, the Stars hosted Pequot Lakes at the Koronis Civic Arena in Paynesville on Tuesday. They will host St. Michael-Albertville on Thursday at the River Lakes Arena in Richmond at 7 p.m. and will play at Bagley on Saturday at 1 p.m.

River Lakes--0 0 1 - 1
M/A/ML--1 1 2 - 4

First Period: M/A/ML-Dan Covette (Corey Karkhoff);
Second Period: M/A/ML-Ryan Wood;
Third Period: RL-Andy Schramel (Mike McMahon, Kyle Curran); M/A/ML-Luke Bame; M/A/ML-Covette.

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