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Western Wisconsin Stars edged by Onalaska again

Mackenzie Mike (14) tries to control the puck in front of the Onalaska net in the first period of Saturday's game for the Western Wisconsin Stars.

The Western Wisconsin Stars didn't take advantage of enough of the scoring chances that presented themselves in Saturday's game against Onalaska.

And when the Stars gave scoring chances to Onalaska, the Hilltoppers took full advantage. That resulted in the Stars' second close loss to Onalaska, this time by a 3-2 score, at the Somerset Ice Arena on Saturday. The Stars lost at Onalaska on Jan. 16, 4-2.

In Saturday's games, the Stars had their chances. They outshot a physical Onalaska team, 21-19. Penalties were a big factor in this game, with 14 total minors called, seven against each team.

The Stars took advantage in the second period, scoring both of their goals on the power play to build a 2-1 lead. Jade Williams scored the tying goal 1:20 into the second period and Mackenzie Mike put the Stars ahead with a power play goal 8:51 into the second period.

Onalaska scored twice in an 83-second span early in the third period to gain the upper hand. Stars coach Bob Huerta was upset over the final goal, because the Stars turned the puck over at their own blueline to give up a breakaway for the goal.

"We've got to stop turning the puck over in our own end," Huerta said. "That was the deciding factor."

The Stars are nearing the end of the regular season. They host Superior at 6 p.m. on Thursday, in a game with huge importance in the WIAA sectional seeding. The seeding is scheduled to be completed this Sunday. The Stars will be on the road Saturday, playing at Black River Falls.

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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