Owatonna routs Thunder
Published 12:53 am Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Owatonna pummeled the Albert Lea Thunder 8-2 Tuesday at Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna.
The Express (23-15-4) used a four-goal second period and three power-play goals to rout the Thunder (10-26-5) and snap a two-game skid.
Albert Lea committed 13 penalties and Owatonna went on the power play 11 times.
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Dylan Porter scored two goals and assisted on two others for Owatonna while seven other players had multiple points. Zach Vierling and Cory Thorson had a goal and two assists and John Haeg had three assists.
The Express outshot Albert Lea 45-25 and took a 2-0 lead after the first period.
The Thunder fell behind 4-0 before Brandon Lubin scored a shorthanded goal in the second period and Luke Jenkins added a third period goal.
Albert Lea plays Alexandria Friday at City Arena. All youth hockey players who wear their jersey will receive free admission and their parents will get in for $5 as part of the Albert Lea Hockey Day, which begins Saturday at City Arena.
Owatonna 8, Albert Lea 2
Albert Lea 0 1 1 — 2
Owatonna 2 4 2 — 8
First Period—1, Owatonna, Marian Fiala (Dylan Porter, John Haeg), 2:04. 2, Owatonna, Brian McGinty (Tim Smith, Jacob Sloat), 12:23 (pp.). Penalties—Brandon Lubin, Alb (tripping), 3:25; Matt Johnson, Alb (hooking), 6:33; Bryan Mitchell, Alb (hooking), 12:11; Sloat, Owa (tripping), 12:31; Patrick Kinkopf (tripping), 16:41.
Second Period—3, Owatonna, Cory Thorson (Nick Widing, Jake Suter), 0:25. 4, Owatonna, Dan Cecka (Suter, Thorson), 3:23 (pp.). 5, Albert Lea, Lubin (Alex Niestrom, Stephen Obarzanek), 5:07 (sh.). 6, Owatonna, Porter (Haeg, Zach Vierling), 7:55. 7, Owatonna, Widing (Thorson, Sloat), 9:38. Penalties—Obarzanek, Alb (holding), 1:29; Mitchell, Alb (hooking), 4:02; Zac Headrick, Alb (unsportsmanlike conduct), 5:07; Headrick, Alb (unsportsmanlike conduct game ejection), 5:07; Headrick, Alb (bench/coach game misconduct), 5:07; Brad Phenow, Alb (high sticking), 9:16; Joe Kozlak, Alb (boarding), 15:38; Matt Hemmingway, Alb (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:38; Anthony Iaquinto, Alb (checking from behind), 16:20; Schyler Adams, Owa (elbowing), 18:41.
Third Period—8, Albert Lea, Luke Jenkins (Zach May, Obarzanek), 6:56. 9, Owatonna, Vierling (Porter, Fiala), 10:53. 10, Owatonna, Porter (Haeg, Vierling), 16:03. Penalties—Alex Niestrom, Alb (interference), 1:33; Chris Bournazos, Owa (checking from behind), 4:38; Phenow, Alb (interference), 11:01; Tim Smith, Owa (interference), 16:30.
Shots on Goal—Albert Lea 9-4-12—25. Owatonna 15-18-12—45.
Power-play opportunities—Albert Lea 0 of 4; Owatonna 3 of 11.
Goalies—Albert Lea, Joe Rogers 8-14-2 (27 shots-21 saves); Nikifor Szczerba (18-16). Owatonna, Matt Hemmingway 5-4-1 (25-23).
Referee—Geoff Miller. Linesmen—Johnathan Morrison, Brett Martin.