The Minnesota Owls picked up six key points while sweeping their games last weekend. At the midway point of the regular season, the Owls are currently tied for 3rd place in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League with 30 points.
The biggest win came on Sunday, Nov. 27 when the Owls held off league leading Twin Cities Northern Lights 7-5. Tim Prinz scored goals 52 seconds apart, and Robert Erickson added a short-handed goal for a 3-1 lead in the first period.
The Northern Lights moved ahead 4-3 with a pair of goals in the second period. But James Pyle knotted the game just 1:32 into the third, and Prinz’s hat-trick goal at the 14:38 mark retied the game at 5-5. Prinz then netted his fourth goal two minutes later, and Erickson added an empty-netter with 31 seconds to play. Austin Campbell stopped 33-of-38 shots for the Owls to help keep the host Northern Lights stuck at 40 points after 24 MNJHL games.
Wins over Crusaders, Energy
The Owls defeated Hudson 3-2 to kick off the weekend’s play Nov. 25, with Campbell making 25 saves. Erickson scored twice in the second period, and Jacob Melwitz notched the Owls’ first goal in the opening stanza.
Then on Saturday night, the Owls blanked the Maple Grove Energy 9-0 with Campbell earning the shutout with 25 saves. Erickson continued his torrid scoring roll with 3 goals and an assist. Nick Ernst supplied 4 assists, and Jerid Adamson rang up 3 assists. Prinz and Kolton Kahoot both had 1 goal and 2 assists in the victory.
Erickson is currently second in the league in scoring with 40 points (23 goals/17 assists).
Next up: The Owls have a road trip to the Wisconsin Dells for games on Dec. 2-3. The team’s next home games at Isanti will be Friday, Dec. 9 against Edina and Dec. 10 against Hudson (both games with 7:30 p.m. starts).