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Stars skaters edge Skyview in NSC play

Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2003

The Soldotna High School hockey team gave itself a cushion with a pair of first-period goals Tuesday, defeating Skyview 4-1 in a North Star Conference game at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Derek Martin tallied for the Stars just 1:32 into the game, and Johnny Mills gave the Stars a two-goal advantage with his score five minutes before the first intermission.

Travis Mercer cut Soldotna's lead to one with a power-play goal to start the second period, but the Stars answered with a power-play goal by Scott Laurion just before the end of the frame.

Mills scored the lone goal of the third period.

Jon Verhelst made 15 saves to notch the win in goal for the Stars. Skyview goalie Kyle Kay finished with 29 saves.

STARS 4, PANTHERS 1

Skyview 0 1 0 -- 1

Soldotna 2 1 1 -- 4

First period -- 1. Soldotna, Martin (J. Smith), 1:32; 2. Soldotna, Mills (Martin), 9:53. Penalties -- Soldotna 3 for 6:00.

Second period -- 3. Skyview, Mercer (Kempf), 4:54 (pp); 4. Soldotna, Laurion (Mills), 13:24 (pp). Penalties -- Skyview 2 for 4:00, Soldotna 2 for 4:00.

Third period -- Mills (Kim, Martin), 6:23. Penalties -- Skyview 4 for 8:00, Soldotna 4 for 8:00.

Goalies -- Skyview, Kay (33 shots, 29 saves); Soldotna, Verhelst (16 shots, 15 saves).



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