Owatonna Girls Hockey Season Ends; Dodge County Falls in Four Overtimes
The Owatonna girls hockey season ended with a 3-0 loss at Northfield on Saturday in the Section 1A semifinals.
The Raiders dominated zone possession time most of the night and outshot the Huskies 31-13. Late in the first period, Northfield scored off a nice cross-ice pass to wide open McKenna Nelson. A Raiders' skater was pulled down on a short-handed, second period breakaway and awarded a penalty shot. Maddie LaPanta converted for a 2-0 lead.
While Owatonna didn't have many shots on net, they had numerous scoring opportunities throughout the night. The Huskies also had a stretch of play in the second period with the puck in the offensive zone. But all chances on goal were thwarted by Mallory Tidona.
The Raiders added their third goal late in the third period for the 3-0 win. Northfield will face Red Wing for the Section 1A title Thursday at 5PM at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna. Red Wing beat Faribault on Saturday 8-0. The Raiders are the defending champs. The Wingers won the previous five titles.
Owatonna ends their season at 16-9-2, their ninth straight winning season. OHS tied Northfield for third in the final Big Nine standings. Three seniors on the Huskies roster are Shannon VanReeth, Kahla Jorgensen and Jenna Bogen.
Dodge County and Lakeville South played late into the evening Saturday in a Section 1AA semifinal before the Cougars won 3-2 in four overtimes. South outshot Dodge 59-30, but senior goalie of the year candidate Gabby Suhr made 56 saves to keep the Wildcats in the game. Dodge County scored on their two power play chances and led the game for a short time in the first period. South led 2-1 after the first period. Dodge County evened the game in the third. After that, the teams played more than 55 minutes of game time before South put in the game winner.
Barrett Boyer and Katrina Thoe scored the Dodge County goals. Elly Strunk had two assists. Seniors for the Wildcats (14-12-1) include Suhr, Strunk, Boyer and Jessica Karrmann.
Lakeville South, the defending section champ, will face Farmington for the title Thursday night at 7:30PM at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna.
Scoreboard, Saturday, February 11
Northfield 3, Owatonna 0
Red Wing 8, Faribault 0
Lakeville South 3, Dodge County 2 (4OT)
Farmington 4, Lakeville North 1
Rochester Century 4, Owatonna 1
Owatonna 80, Red Wing 53
Big Nine Conference meet
Owatonna won the title. Coach Tom Smith was named Coach of the Year
Big Nine Conference meet
Rochester Mayo won the title. Owatonna finished 11th.