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Paynesville Press - December 26, 2001

Three-goal third lifts Stars to first victory

By Michael Jacobson

Three third-period goals lifted the River Lakes Stars boys' hockey team to their first victory of the season on Tuesday, Dec. 18, against Pequot Lakes at the Koronis Civic Arena. The Stars won 4-3, getting 49 saves from sophomore goalie Blake Theisen.

Each team scored in the first period and the game remained knotted at 1-1 until the seesaw third period. River Lakes took a 2-1 lead two minutes into the period on a goal by freshman wing Andy Schramel, assisted by sophomore wing Mike Anderson.

Pequot Lakes tied the game at 2-2 with seven and a half minutes to play and took a 3-2 lead with just under six minutes to play.

The Stars avoided defeat, though, by getting a power play goal from junior center Kyle Curran 40 seconds later. He was assisted by Anderson and junior defenseman A.J. Bohlman.

Junior forward Matt Eickhoff scored the game-winning goal with just over three minutes to play, with assists going to senior wing Mike Stang and senior captain Darren Stommes, a defenseman.

Pequot Lakes held the game's longest lead, scoring a minute into the game. The Stars didn't get an equalizer until three minutes were left in the first period when senior wing Derek Dahlen scored assisted by senior forwards Mike Heinen and Andrew Schmitt.

Pequot Lakes outshot the Stars 52-25, but Theisen made more than twice as many saves as his Pequot Lakes counterpart.

The Stars are now 1-5 on the season entering their holiday tournament at Pine City. Coach Kevin Mooney said the team believes it's ready to string some wins together. "The team is working hard and the players are still very positive," he explained, "which means our focus is good."

The Stars will play their first game in a holiday tourney against Barron, Wis., on Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Moose Lake Arena. On Friday, they play at the Pine City Civic Center, at 5 p.m.if they win on Thursday and at noon if they lose.

All the Saturday games are at Pine City. The seventh place game is at noon, consolation at 2 p.m., third place at 5 p.m., and championship at 7:30 p.m.

Other teams in the tournament are Pequot Lakes, Moose Lake, Minneapolis Edison, Sartell, Baldwin, Wis., and Pine City.

Pequot Lakes--1 0 2 - 3
River Lakes--1 0 3 - 4

First Period: PL-Zack Harding (Pat Hoffman); RL-Derek Dahlen (Mike Heinen, Andrew Schmitt);
Second Period: No scoring;
Third Period: RL-Andy Schramel (Mike Anderson); PL-Harding (Nick Wolfe, Todd Szymanski); PL-Hoffman (Szymanski); RL-Kyle Curran (Anderson, A.J. Bohlman); RL-Matt Eickhoff (Mike Stang, Darren Stommes).

Bagley 5, River Lakes 3
Senior defenseman Dave Schramel scored ten seconds into the game for the Stars, but Bagley scored four straight after that and won 5-3 in Bagley on Saturday.

Bagley tied the scored with ten seconds left in the first period and then scored the only three goals in the second period to build a three-goal lead. The Stars cut the deficit to two midway through the third period but Bagley scored again with three minutes to play to lead 5-2.

The Stars scored their last goal with a second left to make the final 5-3. "It was a strange week," said Mooney. "We had some really good practices and some bad ones. We played one very good game against Pequot Lakes and against Bagley we played just well enough to lose by two goals."

Scoring for the Stars against Bagley were Dave Schramel, Anderson, and Andy Schramel. Eickhoff and Curran each had two assists. Stang also had an assist.

Through six games, Andy Schramel and Mike Anderson lead the Stars with three goals apiece. Schramel has six points and Anderson has five. Curran also has six points, leading the team with five assists.

River Lakes--1 0 2 - 3
Bagley--1 3 1 - 5

First Period: RL-Dave Schramel (Matt Eickhoff); B-Frederickson (Ekre);
Second Period: B-Margnis (Viktora); B-Jesness (Ekre); B-Beck (Margnis);
Third Period: RL-Mike Anderson (Eickhoff, Kyle Curran); B-Sloan (Ekre); RL-Andy Schramel (Mike Stang, Curran).

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