Early Lead Propels Huskies Boys Hockey; Strong Finish Lifts Boys Basketball
Owatonna's boys hockey team grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period at Mankato West on Tuesday and held on for a 2-1 victory.
Landon Thurnau scored his first varsity goal 4:08 into the first period and was named the Kottke Jeweler's diamond player of the game. Braeden Meier assisted. Adam Rehman staked the Huskies to a two-goal lead with the assist to Luke Kubicek. Those goals came on just four first-period shots.
Meanwhile at the other end of All Seasons Arena, Owatonna goalie Jacob Dub was in a one-on-one battle with West's top scorer. Kyle Looft had several point-blank chances in the opening period, but Dub stopped each one. Eventually Looft put his 22nd goal of the season on the board to trim Owatonna's lead to a single goal about midway through the second stanza.
Owatonna took a more defensive tactic each time Looft was on the ice the rest of the way, limiting his chances. He was also called for three minor penalties. On the flip side, Owatonna went six-for-six on the penalty kill. Dub ended the night with 21 saves.
OHS (13-11 overall, 10-5 Big Nine) hosts Winona on Saturday afternoon. A win would lift Owatonna into a third-place finish in the conference for a second straight year. Playoffs begin Thursday, February 23. Odds are OHS will travel to Rochester Century that night.
The Owatonna boys basketball team beat Mayo on Tuesday 63-51 on the road. OHS led 28-22 at the half, but Mayo rallied ahead in the second half. Owatonna responded with a strong finish and won pulling away.
Andrew Jackson scored 16 points and seven rebounds to earn the Kottke Jeweler's diamond player of the game honor. Jason Williamson and Dalton Kubista added 12 apiece. Jay Sullivan had 11. OHS (16-5, 14-4) plays Park Center on Saturday morning at 11AM at Hopkins in the Community Challenge with the game on Kat Kountry 105FM. The No. 16AAAA Pirates (14-6) have had a strong season that included an early season win over No. 2 AAAA Maple Grove and a 10-point loss to top-rated Champlin Park.
Owatonna's girls lost to Mayo on Tuesday at OHS 52-41. The Spartans grabbed a quick lead and held the Huskies to 14 points in the first half. Owatonna (16-6, 14-5) plays at Red Wing on Friday on KRFO AM 1390 and also appears at the Community Challenge on Saturday against Park Center. The Pirates have appeared at state the past three years. Their game tips off at 9:30AM Saturday with coverage on Kat Kountry 105FM.
Scoreboard, Tuesday, February 14
Owatonna 63, Rochester Mayo 51
Grand Meadow 55, Blooming Prairie 47
Goodhue 41, Triton 23
Jordan 84, Medford 38
Austin 61, Northfield 47
Mankato West 69, Rochester Century 38
Red Wing 49, Faribault 46
Rochester JM 86, Mankato East 60
Winona 83, Albert Lea 40
Fairmont 80, Waseca 79
Rochester Mayo 52, Owatonna 41
Blooming Prairie 65, JWP 32
Jordan 60, Medford 39
NRHEG 70, St. Peter 61
Goodhue 90, Triton 49
Austin 51, Northfield 48
Hayfield 66, Kenyon-Wanamingo 58
Mankato Loyola 62, WEM 60
Mankato West 66, Rochester Century 57
Winona 66, Albert Lea 31
Owatonna 2, Mankato West 1
Le Sueur-Henderson/St. Peter/TCU 7, Faribault 1
Mankato East 4, Rochester Mayo 3
Rochester JM 2, Albert Lea 1, overtime
Rochester Lourdes 7, Austin 3
Red Wing 4, South St. Paul 3
Section 3A final
Mankato East / Loyola 4, Marshall 2 (East qualifies for the state tournament.)