Smith Hat Trick Leads Owatonna to Hockey Sweep over Austin
Senior Nick Smith netted a hat trick at Austin as the Owatonna boys won 5-2 Thursday night. The OHS girls beat the Packers 6-4 with two goals each from Margo Achterkirch and Maylynn Prokopec. Owatonna trailed initially in both games, but used big second periods to grab the lead.
Austin struck first at Riverside Arena in the boys match-up according to hockey hub website score sheet, 7:31 into the first period. Smith scored his first goal at 13:45 on the power play with assists from Mitchell Wiese and Jacob Stoykovich. In the second period Tyler Wencl put OHS up for good at 7:10 with an assist from Landon Thurnau. Smith scored his second, a short-handed, unassisted marker about two minutes later. Andrew Munns added another before the end of the period for a 4-1 lead after two.
The Packers scored midway through the third and Smith added his hat trick goal with 3:15 left for the 5-2 final. OHS out shot Austin 44-25. The win was worth four points in the Big Nine Conference standings as it was the only meeting of the season between the two teams. Owatonna plays at Chanhassen Saturday, December 16 at 3PM.
The Owatonna girls also surrendered the first goal of the game in their face off with Austin, coming 2:35 into the first frame. Achterkirch scored her first goal 14 seconds later the tie the game, according to hockey hub. The Packers scored again before first intermission for a 2-1 lead.
OHS responded with a four-goal second period. Prokopec scored back-to-back goals at 28 seconds and 1:12 for a 3-2 OHS lead. Rilee Schmidt pushed the lead to 5-2 at 13:11 and Achterkirch closed the period with her second goal at 15:12.
Austin scored early in the third. Chloe Schmidt, who had two assists, answered later in the period and the Packers notched a goal in the closing minute for the 6-4 final. Laura Ebeling got the win in goal. The Huskies play at Mankato West at 1PM Saturday, December 16.