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Paynesville Press - December 27, 2006

Stars rally to beat Otters in overtime

By Michael Jacobson

The River Lakes Stars girls' hockey rallied to beat Fergus Falls on Tuesday, Dec. 19, scoring two goals late in the third period to force overtime and then winning the game four minutes into overtime 4-3.

rebounding a goal Junior Lindsey Schmitt scored the game-winning goal midway through overtime to extend the Stars' winning streak to four games.

The Stars trailed 3-1 after the first period - with neither team scoring in the second period. In the third period, the Stars had a breakaway stopped by the Otters' goaltender and had a penalty killed by Fergus Falls before netting a goal on a second power play. Ninth grader Jenn Paul drove to the net, and junior Alyssa Kemper knocked home the rebound, making the score 3-2.

Junior foward Greta Omann reached for a rebound following a breakaway chance by a teammate during the Stars' 4-3 overtime victory over Fergus Falls last week.

Trying for the tying goal, the Stars were stymied by a point-blank save by the Fergus Falls goalie with two minutes to play, but 30 seconds later Kemper scored again to tie the game 3-3. Again Kemper knocked a rebound into the twine after Paul drove to the net.

After tying the game with 90 seconds to play, the Stars allowed Fergus Falls to control play for much of the last minute, with sophomore goalie Tracy Skluzacek making several saves in the last minute (and 32 for the game) to preserve the tie.

After killing another penalty in overtime, the Stars scored the winning goal midway through the eight-minute extra period. Schmitt scored on another rebound for the gamewinner.

The Stars scored the first goal of the game four minutes into the first period to take a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Gina Athmann scored after a Fergus Falls turnover to give the Stars the early lead.

Fergus Falls, though, tied the game 1-1 with six minutes left in the first period. A spree of penalties later in the period by the Stars gave Fergus Falls several power-play chances. In the last five minutes of the first period, the Stars were called for three penalties, resulting in an extended power-play opportunity for the Otters, including more than a minute of a two-skater advantage. The Otters scored two power-play goals during this time to take a 3-1 lead.

In recording their fourth straight win, the Stars evened their season record at 6-6.

The Stars were scheduled to host Alexandria at the Koronis Civic Arena in Paynesville on Thursday, but this game was postponed due to inclement weather. It has been rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 22.

The Stars do not have any games scheduled this week. They will play next against Brainerd at Richmond on Thursday, Jan. 4.

Fergus Falls--3 0 0 0 - 3
River Lakes--1 0 2 1 - 4

Scoring Summary
First Period: RL-Gina Athmann, 12:52; FF-Erika Magnusson (Kacy Franklin), 6:37; FF-Christina Masten (Magnusson), 3:00 (pp); FF-Katie Fredrickson, 1:08 (pp);
Second Period: No scoring;
Third Period: RL-Alyssa Kemper (Jenn Paul, Blythe Sjoberg), 7:24 (pp); RL-Kemper (Paul), 1:24;
Third Period: RL-Lindsey Schmitt (Kelsey Athmann), 3:57.

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