Boys hockey: Split two games last week

This article submitted by Kurt Habben on 12/23/97.

The River Lake Stars boysí team played a fierce Sartell Thursday night, Dec. 18. The game featured two independent teams with new programs. River Lakes was able to come out on top 6-2.

Nathan Becker scored a shot from the point to give the Stars an early lead, 1-0. But Sartell came back with a power play goal to tie the game at one. Dustin Looman scored at the 10:15 mark with a pass from Jeremy Curran to give the Stars a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission.

Sartell was able to notch the only goal in the second period.

Loomanís goal came 21 seconds into the third period. Play continued for 10 minutes with the score tied 3-2. Looman then earned a hat trick, scoring another goal at 11:35 in the period.

Sartell wasnít able to recover, giving up two more goals in the period. The game ended 6-2, in favor of the Stars.

River Lake : 2 0 4 - 6
Sartell : 1 1 0 - 2

On Saturday, Dec. 20, the Stars traveled to Marshall to face another new high school hockey program in a new ice arena. The Stars were excited about the game because Marshall has a very good team. Marshall won 4-2.

Marshall was able to get an early lead, scoring the lone goal of the first period.

Looman tied the game early in the second period with a pass from Curran. This was the first shot to get past the Marshall goalie. Unfortunately, Marshall was able to recapture the lead on a power play goal.

Early in the third period, Marshall took a 3-1 lead with an awesome shot from the top of the circle. Finally, with about three minutes left to play, Jeff Haselhorst powered his way to the Marshall goal, giving way for Ryan Mackedanz to make a high backhand goal.

With one minute left to play, the Stars were subjected to two questionable minor penalties, which led the way for Marshall to clinch the victory with an easy 5 on 3 goal. The final score was 4-2.

Marshall: 1 1 2 - 4
River Lake : 0 1 1 - 2

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