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Paynesville Press - December 19, 2001

Alex rallies to beat the Stars in overtime

By Jenny Habben

Laurie Barten The River Lakes Stars girls' hockey team came up short in a thrilling game on Thursday, losing 3-2 in sudden death overtime to Alexandria at the Koronis Civic Arena.

The Stars scored the first two goals of the game and led 2-0 with 14 minutes to play, but the Cardinals' Chelsea Chors scored two goals in the third period to tie the score and the Cardinals got the game-winning goal while playing short-handed seven minutes into overtime.

Laurie Barten (right) tries to keep the puck away from an Alexandria player.

There was no scoring in the first period by either team. Control of the puck went back and forth between the Cardinals and the Stars in the first period. The Stars had six shots on goal, while the Cardinals were close behind with five shots on net.

In the second period, the Stars were given a great opportunity when they were put on the power play after an Alexandria penalty for tripping. The Stars had great puck control in the offensive zone. The Cardinals' goalie gave up a rebound from Amber Schulzetenberge's shot and Marena Lewis put in the rebound to give the Stars a 1-0 lead.

The Stars outshot the Cardinals 7-5 in the second.

The Stars extended their lead early in the third period. Marya Losinski gave a great pass to Jenny Habben, allowing her to break out and skate down the length of the ice. She scored 31 seconds into the third period and the Stars led 2-0.

River Lakes started playing more defensively due to their lead, but Chors scored twice, the second time with less than two minutes to go in the period, which tied the score. Both teams had five shots on net.

During overtime, the Stars were put on the power play for five minutes when an Alexandria player was given a five-minute penalty for roughing with just over three minutes left in the game.

This gave the Stars a great advantage; however, with a minute left in the eight-minute overtime, the Cardinals scored and won 3-2.

"The Alexandria game was very emotional for the team," said coach Tom Petroski. "We went from perhaps our emotional high for the year to our season low. Hopefully we will take what we learned about playing in tight games and use it to our advantage in the future."

The River Lakes Stars played Little Falls yesterday in their last game before Christmas.

The Stars will play in a holiday tournament in Blaine after Christ-mas. The Stars open against Bloomington Kennedy on Wednes-day, Dec. 26, at 12:15 p.m. at the National Sports Center in Blaine. They will play St. Francis on Thursday, Dec. 27, at noon. And they will play Columbia Heights at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, at the Columbia Arena in Fridley.

Alexandria--0 0 2 1 - 3
River Lakes--0 1 1 0 - 2

First Period: no scoring;
Second Period: RL-Marena Lewis (Amber Schulzetenberge);
Third Period: RL-Jen Habben (Marya Losinksi); A-Chelsea Chors; A-Chors (Kayla Sherod);
Overtime: A-Daniella Thompson (Alison Toft).

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