Huskies Fall to Top Seed in Hockey Playoffs
Plays early and late in the second period stood out in making the difference in Owatonna's 7-2 loss at Farmington in Wednesday's Section 1AA semifinals. The top-seeded Tigers scored special team goals in each instance to reach the section finals for at least the fifth straight season.
The Huskies trailed 2-1 entering the second period, but had scored fairly late in the first period to have a bit of momentum. OHS was called on a five-minute major penalty in the opening minute of the second period. Between blocked shots and quick clears, the Huskies burned off nearly all of the penalty kill. But Farmington scored with 21 seconds left in the penalty for a 3-1 lead.
Late in the second, with the Tigers now up 4-1, Owatonna went on a power play. But the Huskies looked out-of-sync and Farmington notched a short-handed goal in the closing seconds to take a 5-1 lead into second intermission.
OHS scored 43 seconds into the third period, Olivia Herzog from Anna Herzog and Sydney Hunst to give the Huskies a spark. Farmington answered 15 seconds later for a 6-2 lead to extinguish any realistic hope for an Owatonna upset. The Tigers scored a goal late in the third for the 7-2 final.
After the Tigers scored twice in the first four-and-a-half minutes, Owatonna's Grace Wolfe fired a wrist shot that seemed to deflect off a Tiger for a Huskies' goal. Samantha Bogen got the assist. Seniors for Owatonna (16-4) inlcude Wolfe, Hunst, Anna Herzog, and Lauren Borgerding.