Stars fall short against St. Cloud 2-1

This article submitted by Courtney Karsch on 12/29/99.

The River Lake Stars girls' hockey team had a single game last week, but it was a tough one. The Stars played the St. Cloud Icebreakers, which has always been a big competition. But, the Stars had a downfall after they lost to the Icebreakers 2-1, which was a very close score.

Even though the Stars lost they played a very good game. The shots from the defense were hard and precise, the power plays were handled very well, and the overall effort was easily seen. "They are a good skating team, but we also played very hard," said coach Tom Petroski.

In the first period, there was equal competition, in which there was even talent and no scoring. The Stars defense had some strong shots from their points, which enabled the forwards to have good scoring chances with the rebounds. Both teams had an eye out for the win.

The second period was exciting in which both teams ran power plays and everything was clicking for both teams. That proved to be true for the Icebreakers when they scored a goal with a few minutes remaining on the clock.

The Stars knew that it was only one goal, but they would still have to work for everything.

The third period was very tense for the Stars. Especially because the Icebreakers scored their second goal within 20 seconds after the period started. The Stars then knew that they had to really kick it into gear if they wanted to win.

They did just that, and Kari Turkowski scored the Stars first goal to put them into a one goal difference with ten minutes left in the period. After the Stars took a time out, they were more focused and knew that if they kept playing the way that they were, they would be set.

The Stars played very well, their team chemistry on the ice was great, their skating effort showed, and every position played well. However, they ended the game one goal short.

River Lakes--0 0 1 - 1
St. Cloud--0 1 1 - 2

First Period: none;
Second Period: SC--Steph Boeckman (Christine Jernberg);
Third Period: SC--Boeckman (Jernberg); RL--Kari Turkowski (unassisted).

Penalties: River Lakes, 1 for two minutes; St. Cloud, 2 for four minutes.
Shots on goal: Stars, 17; St. Cloud, 42.
Saves: RL- Shari Vogt, 39.

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