Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, December 01, 2002

Minnesota-Duluth ties, tops UAA hockey

DULUTH, Minn. -- Isaac Reichmuth made 28 saves to lead Minnesota-Duluth past Alaska-Anchorage 5-1 Saturday night.

Junior Lessard scored two goals and made two assists for Duluth (5-5-4, 5-4-3 WCHA). He opened the scoring for the Bulldogs with an unassisted goal 6:25 into the first period. Lessard scored again on the power play early in the second period.

Matt Hanson scored the Seawolves' only goal on a power play in the second period.

Kevin Reiter started the game for Alaska-Anchorage (1-9-4, 0-7-3), but was pulled at 1:50 of the third period. He made 20 saves. Chris King made two saves in relief.

Luke Stauffacher, Tim Stapleton and Neil Potruic each scored for Duluth.

The teams tied 3-3 Friday night. Kevin Reiter had 38 saves for Alaska-Anchorage to force a tie with Minnesota-Duluth on Friday night.

The Bulldogs (4-5-4, 4-4-3 WCHA) had 41 shots on goal compared to 17 for the Seawolves (1-8-4, 0-6-3). Anchorage had no shots in the overtime period.

Two of the Seawolves' goals came on power plays. The Bulldogs failed to convert on their six power-play opportunities.

Morgan Roach, Brent McMann and Curtis Glencross each scored for Anchorage.

The Bulldogs scored three unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead, but Glencross' goal forced overtime. Brett Hammond, Marco Peluso and Junior Lessard scored for Duluth.

Duluth's Isaac Reichmuth stopped 14 shots on goal.

Eberharter wins World Cup downhill

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta -- Reigning World Cup champion Stephan Eberharter won the season's first downhill Saturday, leading a 1-2 finish for Austria.

Eberharter covered the 3,674-meter course on Whitehorn Mountain in 1 minute, 42.61 seconds.

Hannes Trinkl, who won a race here in 1999, finished second in 1:43.10. Andre Aamodt of Norway was next in 1:43.45.

Seven of the top 10 finishers were Austrians.

Paerson beats Kostelic in slalom

ASPEN, Colo. -- Upset with her preseason training and early season results, Sweden's Anja Paerson knew only one way out.

''If you want to win, you have to risk everything,'' Paerson said. ''That's my way of skiing. Hopefully, I'll stay on the hill and not go out.''

Paerson was right on course Saturday, overtaking Croatia's Janica Kostelic with a sizzling second run to capture a World Cup slalom on Aspen Mountain.

Paerson, 0.17 seconds behind Kostelic after the first heat, made up the difference with the third-fastest second run of 51.20 seconds to finish 0.41 seconds ahead of Kostelic.

Paerson, who won four slaloms last season en route to finishing third in the slalom standings, had a combined time of 1 minute, 38.65 seconds.

Kostelic, who won the season-opening slalom last week in Park City, Utah, came across in 1:39.06.

Marlies Schild of Austria, 12th after the first run and 1.21 seconds off the pace, had the quickest second run of 50.69 and vaulted to third at 1:39.18.

Austria's Nicole Hosp was fourth, and France's Christel Pascal fifth.

France's Laure Pequegnot, the defending World Cup slalom champion, was seventh after the first run but missed a gate early in her second heat.

No Americans qualified for the second run.

Paerson, the next-to-last racer on the course for the second run, exuberantly pounded her ski poles on the snow after seeing her time, but knew she still had to await the result of Kostelic -- the final skier.

Upon seeing that Kostelic's time fell short, Paerson ran toward the crowd and did a bellyflop in the finish area.

''I'm trying to win the slalom cup this year,'' the 21-year-old Paerson said. ''If I ski as I did today, it's possible.

''I've had a rough season so far. Three weeks ago I didn't know what skis to race on. I've had a lot of trouble fighting my skis and finding my rhythm in slalom -- fighting in training to get my head in the right place. I knew I had it inside of me somewhere.

''It was a relief in the first run that I skied really good on top. I was really happy to come through today.''

Paerson benefitted from course conditions that fit her style.

Officials injected water in the upper part of the course, making it icy.

''I'm an aggressive skier,'' she said. ''I like it when it's icy and hard.''

Paerson also was motivated by the presence of Kostelic, who at Salt Lake City became the first Alpine skier to capture four medals in a single Olympics.

''She's winning everything, she's on the podium every day,'' Paerson said. ''She's the one you want to beat.''

Kostelic owns 12 slalom wins in her career but never before had finished second in the discipline.

''I hadn't been second yet in slalom, and I thought it was a loser place,'' she said. ''But I'm happy with it.

''It's a lot easier to ski well on ice when you attack, like Anja did. And I didn't.''

Kostelic continued to build her lead in the overall standings with 344 points. Paerson is second with 202.

Kostelic, runner-up to Germany's Hilde Gerg on Friday in the super-G, had a first-run time of 47.28 seconds. With start No. 2, she avoided the pitfalls of a course that became increasingly rutted in the bottom section for later skiers. Paerson, starting first, came across in 47.45.

Natasa Bokal of Slovenia, who started 23rd, was 0.03 seconds faster than Kostelic halfway down the course, but she finished nearly two seconds behind at 49.10.

The two Americans in the top seed struggled on the first run.

Kristina Koznick of Burnsville, Minn., who owns five World Cup slalom wins and finished second in last year's slalom standings, got wide on a gate about two-thirds of the way down and did not finish.

Sarah Schleper of Vail, Colo., also missed a gate. She hiked back up the hill but finished at 55.24 and did not qualify among the top 30 racers for the second run.

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