Girls hockey skates into the lead for Big 9

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ONE TEAM. The girls hockey coming together as a team before the big game.

Ella Highfield, Writer

The OHS Girls Hockey team has had a few home games in a row with a total of three games at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna. Coming away from all the games with a record of 11-6.

The first of their home games on Jan. 10 was against the Blake bears, ending in a loss of 2-5. In the second game against a conference rival the Northfield raiders, after going into overtime with a score of 4-4 they came away with a huge win of 5-4. To end the three straight home games the Huskies faced the Rosemount irish’s, resulting in another big win of 8-0. Lastly, of this past week’s games the girls were on the road to Mankato east, where they achieved another win with a score of 3-0.

The team coming off some big wins, is in full stride ready to win the Big 9. Head coach Tony Cloud said, “Feeling confident going into these next few games, especially after having a win against Northfield.” 

This past week the girls hockey team had two players hit their personal milestones. Junior Samantha Bogan hit 100 career points, and helped her team by getting many assists and goals to earn 100 points total. Senior captain Ezra Oien hit 100 career goals, and has many more to come throughout the season. 

Both players received a shout out on the Owatonna Girls Hockey Instagram for their achievements. Also along with an announcement in the arena during their game saying that they each achieved their goals. 

Bogen said, “Hitting 100 career points has been a goal for me since I started playing at a young age. I am so excited to have reached my goal before my senior year because it is a huge accomplishment. I can’t wait to see what else is to come for the rest of my time playing too.” 

Another milestone accomplished was by Oien with 100 career goals. Oien will also be furthering her career in hockey to play Division I at the University of Vermont. 

Oien said, “It was a huge honor to get 100 career goals. I have been working ever since I was a little girl to be one of the top players and it has been super exciting to achieve this milestone. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and the support of my coaches and family. I am super excited to finish out the rest of my senior season.” 

I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season, and especially playing against the teams in our section.”

— Ava Stanchina

More accomplishments were made throughout the team. Senior Ava Stanchina had her first ‘hat trick’ playing for the Huskies this year.

Ava Stanchina said, “It felt really good to get all three goals in the game against Rochester Mayo. The team is really starting to click and it’s nice to have such good friends on the team. I was really excited to get the win in the game against Northfield, and excited to hopefully get more goals or even another hat trick.” 

Taking the championship title of Big 9 conference champs last year, the girls have a lot of work to do to get it again this year. Although they still have five games left in their conference to be declared number one. 

Cloud said, “It was big for us to beat Northfield and give them a conference loss, so now everyone’s back on the hunt for the conference title.”

The Owatonna Girls Hockey team will play on Monday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. against Rochester Century at the Four Seasons Centre.