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Stars get another shot at Onalaska

Sophomore Jade Williams (19) leads the Western Wisconsin Stars with 19 goals this season. Dave Newman / RiverTown Multimedia

The Western Wisconsin Stars didn't feel as if they'd played their best game when they played at Onalaska last week.

Thankfully, they get another shot at Onalaska this Saturday.

In one of the quirks in the schedule, the two games between the Stars and Onalaska this season are 11 days apart. Onalaska won when the teams played on the Hilltoppers' home ice, 4-2, last Tuesday. This Saturday's game will be played on the Stars' home ice in Somerset at 1 p.m. The Stars also have a game scheduled for next Tuesday, when they face Holy Angels at the Richfield (Minn.) Ice Arena.

The Stars weren't at their sharpest at Onalaska, falling behind 3-0 before trying to storm back.

The Stars got third period goals from Sydney Hahn and Allie Stock, but never got closer than two goals.

The Stars played much of the game without leading scorer Jade Williams, who was ill. Defenseman Kayla Huerta is also sidelined with an injury.

Missing Huerta on defense hurt the Stars early, with Onalaska scoring two of its early goals off turnovers the Stars made in their defensive zone. Later in the game, Stars coach Bob Huerta moved Hahn back to defense to help solidify that area.

Seeding for the WIAA sectional is slated for early in February. Coach Huerta said it's time for the Stars to put together their best games.

"We need to win the rest of our games in order to get a good seed," he said. "We've got to be ready to play our top hockey every game the rest of the year."

Dave Newman

Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for more than 30 years.

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