Owatonna Hockey Playoff Game Postponed Until Tuesday
With wintery weather rolling into southern Minnesota, Saturday's Section 1AA semifinal boys' hockey tilt between Owatonna and Lakeville North was postponed and rescheduled for Tuesday, February 27 at 5:30PM at the Rec Center in Rochester on 104.9FM and the new Kat Kountry 105 app.
Owatonna (13-11-2) beat Farmington 3-2 Thursday when leading-scorer Tyler Wencl netted the go-ahead goal early in the third period, shortly after the Tigers had evened the game at 2-2. Lakeville North (14-10-2) pulled away from Hastings for a 6-2 win after the game was tied at 0-0 after the first period.
Lakeville has played a stout schedule that has included nine ranked teams. The Panthers have held their own, beating No. 11 Eastview twice and playing to a 2-2 tied with current No. 1 Minnetonka. The Panthers have also lost some close decisions to those ranked teams.
Owatonna coach Josh Storm said on the KRFO coaches show Saturday that the Huskies will take a defensive approach and pack it in tight early with the hope of being close for the third period. North beat Owatonna 10-2 in the semifinals last year.
The other 1AA semifinal between Rochester Century and Lakeville South will also be played Tuesday.
The Section 1A games were held on Saturday. No. 5 seed Rochester Lourdes upset top-seed Albert Lea 3-2 in overtime. The Tigers scored late in the third period to force the extra session. No. 2 seed Mankato East beat third-seed Minnesota River 3-1. The 1A championship game is Wednesday, February 28 at 7PM at the Rec Center.