Owls fall short against league-leading Lights
Saturday night, the 3rd-place Minnesota Owls faced off against the league-leading Twin Cities Northern Lights in hopes of making up ground. The first period presented numerous chances for both teams with Austin Campbell making several key saves early to keep the Lights off the scoreboard. The same could be said for the TC goaltender Nick Heimer as the first period ended scoreless.
The Owls came out strong early in the second period, and their effort was rewarded when Robert Erickson scored his league leading 30th goal of the season at 3:35. TJ Belisle doubled the lead at 8:29 of the second which forced the Lights to take their timeout. This calmed the reeling visitors who quickly scored at 10:54 and then again at 15:48 to tie the game. The Lights took the lead at 16:53, and then an unfortunate bounce allowed the Lights to score with 22 seconds left in the second to take a 4-2 lead into the third.
Brad Jerzewski started the third period in net and shut the door on the Northern Lights, but the Owls, despite hitting numerous goal posts in the period were unable to pull any closer.
MN JR Hockey League
TC Northern Lights 35-4-1, 71 pts; Rochester Ice Hawks 31-7-2, 64; Minnesota Owls 21-15-3, 45; Dells Ducks 19-16-3, 37; Hudson Crusaders 19-20-2, 40; Edina Lakers 13-25-1, 27; Maple Grove Energy 0-37-2, 2.