Owatonna Girls Hockey Faces Early Season Showdown with Red Wing Thursday
Owatonna coach Tim Hunst told the KRFO coaches show Saturday that the Huskies are an experienced team. Owatonna has opened the season with consecutive wins.
OHS returns its top five scorers from last season. They also bring back most of their blue-liners. Owatonna will rely on youth at the goaltender position with sophomore Laura Ebeling and eighth-grader Asia Buryska sharing the duties early on. Ebeling earned the win in a 4-1 victory over Mankato East on Thursday, November 5. Buryska picked up the win in the 7-1 victory at Albert Lea on Saturday.
Senior Jessica "Betty" VonRuden has five goals through the first two games. Senior Meghan Rethemeier is back from an injury that cost her most of her junior season. Other seniors include Megan Foss and Peyton DeVinny, who might be back from her own injury this week against Red Wing.
The Huskies (2-0) host the Wingers (0-2) at 7PM Thursday, November 12, at the Four Seasons Centre. KRFO will have coverage with the pregame at 6:45PM. Red Wing captured the Section 1A crown last winter. Owatonna is also a Class A school this season for the first time. The Wingers losses have come to top twenty ranked Hopkins and Dodge County.
Red Wing has gone to the state tournament each of the past five seasons, taking third place the past three years. The Wingers graduated their top scorer and top goalie from 2014-15, but return a healthy number of players.