Wiese Gets Shutout as Huskies Blank Rockets, Retain Lead in Conference
Owatonna junior Zach Wiese has won some big games for the Huskies in his two seasons between the pipes for the hockey team, but Thursday he earned his first career shutout in their 6-0 win over Rochester JM on Dudley Otto Rink at Four Seasons Centre. The Huskies continue to lead the Big Nine standings, just in front of Northfield, Century and Albert Lea.
Huskies' coach Josh Storm says Wiese had to make several great saves while turning aside 16 shots. OHS dominated play from the start and scored four goals in the first period off a 17-4 shot advantage.
Tommy Lehrer drove in the first of his two opening-period goals at 2:18 with an assist from Wyatt Oldefendt. Casey Johnson followed at 6:34 with the first of his two goals on the night with Luke Kubicek providing the assist. Lehrer scored again at 10:42 from Evan Steinberg. Zach Kubicek ended the first-period outburst at 11:08 from Dom Valento.
After a scoreless second period, Johnson scored 7:34 into the third from Luke Kubicek and Jacob Stoykovich. Collin Pederson ended the scoring at 15:47 from Valento and Zach Kubicek.
Owatonna went 0-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. The Huskies (12-6, 8-2 for 24 Big Nine points) go to Austin Tuesday, January 29 and play a pivotal game at Northfield Thursday, January 31. Each game will be on the radio and online.
The Raiders (8-3 Big Nine for 20 points) are tied for second in the conference and just lost to Rochester Mayo Thursday. Century (7-0 for 20 points) plays a four-point game against Albert Lea Saturday. The Tigers (7-2 for 16 conference points) are fourth. Century is the defending champ. Owatonna hosts the Panthers Thursday, February 7. Century edged Owatonna 1-0 earlier this month. Owatonna has not won a conference crown since 1992-93.