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Paynesville Press - December 28, 2005

Stars hosting tourney in Paynesville this week

By Michael Jacobson

Senior goalie Eric Prowker made 39 saves, allowing only four power-play goals, as the River Lakes Stars boys' hockey team lost a close game to Alexandria 4-2 on Thursday at the Koronis Civic Arena in Paynesville.

boys hockey goal The Cardinals outshot the Stars 43-26 and controlled play for much of the game, but the Stars scored early in the third period to get within two, at 4-2, but could not score again.

Senior goalie Eric Prowker - getting help from senior defenseman Zach Johnson in the crease - made 39 saves on Thursday as the Stars lost to Alexandria 4-2 at the Koronis Civic Arena in Paynesville.

Prowker made 39 saves in nets for the Stars.

Senior forward Kurt Peterson scored a power-play goal, knocking home a rebound of senior Zach Johnson's shot from the point, to bring the Stars within 4-2 less than 90 seconds into the third period.

Alexandria ended the game on a power play, which prevented the Stars from pulling Prowker for an additional skater.

boys hockey check Senior forward Luke Harren scored less than a minute into the game to give the Stars an early 1-0 lead. But Alexandria rallied with two power-play goals in the first period to take a 2-1 lead.

Sophomore forward Brett Savelkoul (2) holds off an Alexandria player so ninth grade teammate Adam Porwoll (13) can retrieve the puck from the offensive corner for the River Lakes Stars on Thursday night.

In the second period, Alexandria scored their third goal after pulling their goalie for an extra skater during a delayed penalty on the Stars. Then they added another power-play goal with two minutes to go in the second period.

The Stars (1-8) drew a penalty with one second left in the second period and capitalized on that power play in the third period, making the final score 4-2.

This week, the Stars will host a round-robin tournament - the River Lakes Invite - on Tuesday, Dec. 27, Wednesday, Dec. 28, and Thursday, Dec. 29, at the Koronis Civic Arena in Paynesville.

boys hockey skate On Tuesday, Willmar plays Prairie Centre at 6 p.m., and the Stars play Redwood Valley at 8 p.m. On Wednesday, Redwood Valley plays Willmar at 6 p.m., and the Stars play Prairie Centre on 8 p.m. And on Thursday, Prairie Centre plays Redwood Valley at 6 p.m., and the Stars play Willmar at 8 p.m.

Senior center Jamie Paul avoids an Alexandria defenseman by turning towards the boards last week in the Stars' 4-2 loss to the Cardinals.

The River Lakes junior varsity will play Prairie Centre on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and will play Willmar on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. These games will be played at the River Lakes Arena in Richmond.

Alexandria--2 2 0 - 4
River Lakes--1 0 1 - 2

Scoring Summary
First Period: RL-Luke Harren, 16:18; A-Bryce Hanstad (Jon Crouse), 11:58 (pp); A-Hanstad, 3:50 (pp);

Second Period: A-Justin Hochsprung (Matt Dreger), 12:53; A-Dreger (Crouse, David Justice), 2:04 (pp);

Third Period: RL-Kurt Peterson (Zach Johnson), 15:38 (pp).

Fergus Falls 8, River Lakes 1
The Stars were outscored 6-0 over the final two periods and lost to Fergus Falls on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the River Lakes Arena in Richmond.

The Stars outshot Fergus Falls 12-10 in the first period, when they trailed only 2-1, but the Otters outshot the Stars 34-8 over the final two periods, when they scored six unanswered goals to win 8-1.

Senior forward Luke Harren scored for the Stars late in the first period, assisted by junior forward Alex Naujokas and junior defenseman Zach Dingmann. His score cut the Otters' lead to 2-1, since Fergus Falls scored the first two goals of the game.

In the second period, Fergus Falls outshot the Stars 21-4 and scored four goals, building a 6-1 lead. In the third period, they outshot the Stars 13-4 and added two goals to make the final score 8-1.

Senior goalie Eric Prowker made 36 saves for the Stars.

Fergus Falls--2 4 2 - 8
River Lakes--1 0 0 - 1

Scoring Summary
First Period: FF-Jed LaPlante (Matt Waclawik), 12:13; FF-Shawn Goos, 9:31; RL-Luke Harren (Alex Naujokas, Zach Dingmann), 0:42;

Second Period: FF-Mac Able, 8:10; FF-Cody Peck (Ethan Townsend, T.J. Gaustad), NA; FF-Townsend (Derek Smith), NA; FF-Waclawik, NA;

Third Period: FF-Brian Sawtell (Isaac Batnsdal, Townsend), 10:15; FF-Erik Rohiss (Andrew Fick, Taylor Ashworth), NA.

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