Huskies Win in Triple-Overtime After Big Fourth Quarter Comeback
The Owatonna boys lacrosse team held a wild, mosh pit of a celebration following their 10-9 triple-overtime win against Northfield Wednesday, but not before some harrowing times before that. The Huskies trailed by three goals in the fourth quarter and were still down a goal with just over a minute to go. Senior Fletcher Schulz scored the sudden-victory winner with 2:24 left in the third OT. The Huskies go to top-seed Lakeville North Friday, June 4 for a 6 pm game on Kat Kountry 105.
It was an historic night in Owatonna with both the girls and boys hosting a playoff game at the same time. Each was the fourth seed, hosting the fifth seed. The girls game was also a thriller with Century prevailing 11-10. The OHS girls also faced a three-goal deficit late and rallied to the tie the game. But Century responded quickly.
In the boys contest, there were multiple ties early but Northfield grabbed the lead late in the second quarter and built it to an 8-5 advantage entering the fourth quarter. Caleb Belting, Schulz and Zack Kirsch scored to tie the game at 8-8 with three minutes to go.
Northfield went up 9-8 with two minutes left. Belting tied it with a screaming shot from the left wing with 1:05 to play. Goalie Korban Stricklin had to make a save as time expired to go to overtime. The Raiders had an early man-up in overtime, but the Huskies held.
The Raiders seemed to have the better chances in the first overtime, while OHS had quite a few good looks in the second OT. The win boosts Owatonna's record to 12-2.
The girls game was back-and-forth through a 5-5 first half. Century scored four of the next give goals for a 9-6 lead with about ten minutes remaining. Owatonna stormed back with two goals from Anni Moran and the tying shot from Grace Smith in a span of 1:40.
The Panthers answered 29 seconds later to go up 10-9 with 7:39 left. Century added just enough insurance with 5:44 to go. Karmen Easton scored for Owatonna with 5:16 remaining to pull within 11-10. But that's how the game ended despite some good opportunities for the Huskies. Audrey Simon had a hat trick for OHS.
Seniors for the Big Nine Conference champion Owatonna girls (11-3) include Grace Smith, Elizabeth Harder, Madi Bruessel, Tea Boerner, Klara Blacker, Jenna Spatenka, Allie Keller, Kialee Kleeberger, Nora Thompson, Julia Dietz, Annika Brown, and Leone Jacobson.