Owls defeat Ice Hawks in shootout

MN Owls 4, Rochester Ice Hawks 3 (shootout)

On Friday, Sept. 23 at the Isanti Arena, the Owls led most of the game with but an unfortunate bounce with 59 seconds remaining in regulation allowed the Ice Hawks to tie the game at 3-3. The overtime was fast paced 4-on-4 action but after 5 minutes the game was still tied sending it into a shootout. The Ice Hawks jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the best-of-five shootout format. With the Owls down to their last two shooters, they needed to score which they did while Austin Campbell was key to keeping the Ice Hawks off the score sheet. The shootout went to sudden death where the Owls won the game with the extra goal.

Goalie/Saves: Austin Campbell was instrumental in earning the win making 2 key saves in the shoot-out. This was also Austin’s first career win in the Minnesota Jr. Hockey League

Rochester Ice Hawks 4, MN Owls 1

The second game of the home-and-away series on Saturday, Sept. 24 with the Rochester was also the Hawks’ home opener, so they came out strong and scored early at 11:11 of the first period. The Owls fought back with a late goal at 18:06 of the first period by Shawn McElroy (Assists: Taylor Bargar, Jess “Bubba” Engquist). Unfortunately that was all the Owls could get by Rochester goalie Jordan Potosky as the Owls fell to the Ice Hawks 4-1.

Goalie/Saves: Austin Campbell was in net for the second straight night facing 45 shots.

Edina Lakers 3, Owls 2 

On Sept. 25, the Owls started off the game strong but found themselves behind at 14:56 of the first period before Matt Strang (Assist: Kolton Kahoot) tied the game at 18:05 of the first. Edina took the lead again at 6:30 of the second before Sheldon Kihle (assist: Taylor Bargar, Blake Jorenby) score at 18:49 of the second. The Lakers took the lead once again at 17:34 of the third and the Owls were unable to tie the game even though they maintained pressure for the remainder of the game.

Goalie/Saves: Brad Jerzewski faced 40 shots on goal

After the Owls’ second weekend of the regular season they sit tied for 2nd place with four other teams in the MNJHL.

Next Up: The Owls host the Maple Grove Energy Friday, Sept. 30 (7:30 p.m.), then they host the TC Northern Lights Saturday, Oct. 1 (7:30 p.m.), both games at the Isanti Arena.