After a road stand last weekend where they split their two MNJHL games, the Minnesota Owls come back to Isanti for a Saturday night home game against Maple Grove. This game also features the Owls Annual Chili Cook-off where fans are invited to bring their best chili to be sampled by fellow Owls fans. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded for the best chili.
Last Friday, the Owls held off Rochester 5-4. The Owls started off strong with a goal by Kolton Kahoot (Sheldon Kihle, Tim Prinz) just 49 seconds into the game. Rochester tied the game at 5:30 of the first, but Kahoot (Prinz) scored his second just 1:30 later. Taylor Bargar (Jacob Melwitz, Dallas Tucker) doubled the lead on the power play at 9:04 to give the Owls the two-goal lead after the first period.
Prinz (Nick Ernst, Kahoot) increased the lead at 8:49 of the second. Rochester scored next, but Eric Robertson (James Pyle) scored at 19:52 to restore the three-goal lead. Austin Campbell was stellar in the net, making 53 of 57 saves to earn his 11th victory of the season.
• On Saturday, the league-leading Twin Cities Northern Lights nipped the Owls 3-2. Ernst (Robert Erickson, TJ Belisle) scored 4:31 into the first for an early Owl advantage. Newly signed TJ Belisle (Erickson) tied the game on the power play in the second period, but the Lights took the two points by scoring with 10 seconds left in regulation.
MN JR Hockey League
TC Northern Lights 31-4-1, 63 pts; Rochester Ice Hawks 30-6-1, 61; Minnesota Owls 19-13-3, 41; Hudson Crusaders 19-17-2, 40; Dells Ducks 15-15-3, 33; Edina Lakers 12-24-1, 25; Maple Grove Energy 0-33-2, 2.
Friday, Jan 20 • 7:05 pm
Maple Grove Energy AWAY
Saturday, Jan 21 • 7:30 pm
Maple Grove Energy HOME