The Northfield Raiders boys hockey team hosted the Winona Winhawks Thursday night and sent the Winhawks with a long unhappy bus ride following a 5-1 Raiders victory.  Northfield scored three first period goals and never looked back extending their lead to 5-0 after two periods.  The Raiders were 2 for 4 on the power play and Winhawks were 0 for 4.

Northfield outshot Winona 40 to 13.  Talk about controlling the puck.  Shots in the first period were 15 to 2 and second period 16 to 2 in favor of the Raiders.  Third period shots were tied at 9.  Cal Frank was in net for Northfield and Alex Benson was between the pipes for Winona.  Frank with 12 saves and Benson with 35 saves.

Northfield senior Garrett Sawyer had a hat trick scoring his first two goals in the first period.  Sawyer scored 1:24 into the game assisted by Isak Johnson and scored at 11:16 on the power play assisted by Carson VanZuilen and Devon Jirik.  At 5:36 Zachary Marvin also had a power play goal assisted by VanZuilen and Sawyer.

Sixteen seconds into the second period Northfield added to their lead on a goal by Tuomas Kallioniemi, assisted by Zachary Anderson and Colby Klotz.  Sawyer picked up his third goal at 11:59 assisted by Jacob Rezac and Kallioniemi.

Winona scored a shorthanded goal 6:22 into the third period.  Roman Grulkowski was unassisted.

Northfield is at St. Paul Johnson for a 7:00 p.m. faceoff Saturday.

With the victory Northfield picked up their 8th straight win and take the lead in the Big 9, scoring a 4 point win.  The Raiders are 8-2 in the league and hold a 4 point lead over undefeated Rochester Century.  They are 12-4 overall.  The Panthers can get back to a tie with a win over Mankato East Friday night in Rochester.

In other Big 9 action Thursday Albert Lea picked up 4 points with a 8 to 4 win over John Marshall and are currently tied in third place with Century.  The Tigers are 7-2 in league play and 10-6 overall.

The Owatonna Huskies defeated Red Wing 6-2 and scored 4 points to jump into second place in the Big 9 with a 6-2 conference mark and 18 total points.  The Huskies are 10-5 overall.

The Huskies travel to Faribault Saturday for another four point game and a win would put them in first place.

Other Thursday boys hockey scores were:

  • Benilde-St. Margaret's 4  Lakeville North 21
  • Burnsville 5  Blake 5 (OT)
  • Rochester Lourdes 7  Waseca 0
  • Bloomington Jefferson 6  Apple Valley 2
  • Tomah/Sparta, Wi. 6  La Crescent 0

Girls hockey scores Thursday:

  • Shakopee 2  Burnsville 1
  • New Prague 4  Northfield 3
  • Owatonna 3  Red Wing 3  (OT)
  • John Marshall 5  Albert Lea 2
  • Lakeville North 3  Lakeville South 2
  • Apple Valley 1  Eagan 0
  • Eastview 4  Prior Lake 1
Hockey Puck. Photo by TSM