The Owatonna boys' hockey team will open the playoffs at home Thursday, February 22. The Huskies face Farmington at 7PM at Four Seasons Centre in the Section 1AA quarterfinals on KRFO AM1390. The teams did not play this season. OHS beat the Tigers 3-2 last winter in a regular season game.

Owatonna (12-11-2) has had plenty of close games this season, going 7-3-2 in games decided by two goals or less. The Huskies beat Winona 6-1 Saturday to finish in third place in the Big Nine Conference standings. Farmington (7-18) started the season 4-2, but has gone 3-16 since.

Dodge County (13-12) ended up with the No. 9 seed despite a winning record and goes to No. 8 Hastings (5-19-1) Tuesday, February 20. The winner plays at No. 1 seed Lakeville North (13-10-2) Thursday. North went 4-0 in the section, sweeping South and Farmington.

In the other half of the bracket, Big Nine champ Rochester Century (20-4-1) is the second seed and hosts No. 7 Rochester JM (6-16-3) Thursday. The Panthers went 7-0 versus other section teams, sweeping JM, Mayo and Owatonna and beating Farmington. No. 6 Rochester Mayo (12-12-1) goes to defending section champ and No. 3 seed Lakeville South (12-11-2).

Semifinals are Saturday, February 24 at 5:30PM and 8PM at the Rec Center in Rochester. If the Huskies advance to the semifinals, they will play in the 5:30PM game.

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