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Girls hockey roundup: Busy River Lakes earns a big win

Prep hockey report from west central Minnesota for Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. Stars skate past Sartell/Sauk Rapids 5-3 in a top CLC game

River Lakes sophomore Ayla McLellan launches a shot for a goal during a Central Lakes Conference game against Sartell/Sauk Rapids on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 at the River Lakes Civic Arena in Richmond.
River Lakes sophomore Ayla McLellan launches a shot for a goal during a Central Lakes Conference game against Sartell/Sauk Rapids on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 at the River Lakes Civic Arena in Richmond.
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RICHMOND — Playing its third game in four days, the River Lakes girls hockey team didn’t slow down late in the game Tuesday.

Tied 2-2 through two periods with Sartell/Sauk Rapids, the Stars held the Storm’n Sabres to one goal in the second and none in the third en route to a 5-3 Central Lakes Conference win at the River Lakes Civic Arena.

“To see how they skated tonight was very encouraging,” said River Lakes’ first-year head coach Andrew Marod. “To see them finish through three periods three out of the last four days, we’re excited about it.”

River Lakes sophomore Kaydence Roeske makes a kick save during a Central Lakes Conference game against Sartell/Sauk Rapids on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 at the River Lakes Civic Arena in Richmond.
River Lakes sophomore Kaydence Roeske makes a kick save during a Central Lakes Conference game against Sartell/Sauk Rapids on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 at the River Lakes Civic Arena in Richmond.
Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

After the first period, the Stars adjusted their defense with the goal of slowing down Sartell/Sauk Rapids’ Sella Grams and Brooke Pogatchnik.

“We were just giving them too much of the middle of the ice and that was the biggest reason for their success,” Marod said. “We told them to keep 22 (Grams) and five (Pogatchnik) out of the middle, so we tried to keep them to the outside and we did that. Their opportunities started to diminish and we closed the door in the third period.”

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Coming off back-to-back trips to state, River Lakes is ranked ninth in Class A in the Nov. 17 poll from StateOfHockey.com. Early on, Marod has been encouraged by the players taking ownership of their success while buying into the new coaching staff.

“It’s been a lot of fun; there’s obviously a ton of talent on this team and we all know that,” Marod said. “To be able to work with them and have them buy into our system, even over their success the last two years, has been very, very exciting.

River Lakes sophomore Sophia Hess, middle, is mobbed by teammates after scoring a goal during a Central Lakes Conference game against Sartell/Sauk Rapids on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 at the River Lakes Civic Arena in Richmond.
River Lakes sophomore Sophia Hess, middle, is mobbed by teammates after scoring a goal during a Central Lakes Conference game against Sartell/Sauk Rapids on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 at the River Lakes Civic Arena in Richmond.
Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

“We’ve had a lot of recent success and that’s on the girls. They have a respect for the coaches that got them to this point. They’re buying into the culture and they’re owning to their team’s success.”

River Lakes is host to Hutchinson at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the River Lakes Civic Arena.

River Lakes 5, S/SR 3

S/SR (0-2-0)                 2     1     0 — 0
River Lakes (2-1-0)     2     1     2 — 5

Wedged between a pair of Sartell/Sauk Rapids defenders, River Lakes sophomore Madi Wendlandt, 3, tries to take a shot on net during a Central Lakes Conference game on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 at the River Lakes Civic Arena in Richmond.
Wedged between a pair of Sartell/Sauk Rapids defenders, River Lakes sophomore Madi Wendlandt, 3, tries to take a shot on net during a Central Lakes Conference game on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 at the River Lakes Civic Arena in Richmond.
Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

Willmar 17,Prairie Centre 0

Willmar outshot Prairie Centre 25-6 to improve to 2-1 with the victory at Sauk Centre.

Sophomore defenseman Makenna Larson had four goals and two assists. Sophomore forward Sophia Quinn and freshman forward Gretchen Volk each had two goals and two assists for the Cardinals. Sophomore defenseman Jayda Richter added a goal and an assist.

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Willmar plays the St. Cloud Crush in a Central Lakes Conference game at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Willmar Civic Center Arena.

Willmar (2-1-0)                5     8     4 — 17
Prairie Centre (0-5-0)     0     0     0 — 0
FIRST PERIOD –  (1) W: Makenna Larson (Macee Hansen, Brigit Figenskau), 2:29 … (2) W: Avery Quinn (unassisted), 6:45 SH … (3) W: Larson (Chloe Lownsbury), 12:21 … (4) W: Becca Dawson (Larson, A. Quinn), 14:48 … (5) W: Sophia Quinn (Jayda Richter), 15:02. 
SECOND PERIOD –  (6) W: Ryah Gorans (S. Quinn), 0:12 … (7) W: Lownsbury (Hannah Quinn), 0:52 … (8) W: Gretchen Volk (Richter, Lauren Eilers), 1:12 … (9) W: S. Quinn (unassisted), 2:43 … (10) W: L. Eilers (Gorans, Volk), 3:14 … (11) W: Larson (Richter, S. Quinn), 7:55 … (12) W: Larson (Volk), 9:19 … (13) W: Volk (A. Olson, L. Eilers), 10:07.
THIRD PERIOD – (14) W: Richter (H. Quinn), 9:38 … (15) W: Hansen (Lily Jorgenson), 11:33 … (16) W: Figenskau (unassisted), 16:01 … (17) W: Jorgenson (Larson), 16:32.
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Willmar: Halle Mortensen 8/8 … Prairie Centre: Kyra Swanson 39/56.

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