Century rolling into showdown with section power
Rochester Century received six goals from seniors, including another big game from forward Jake Roth and defenseman Riese Zmolek, en route to a 6-1 Big Nine Conference boys hockey victory against Owatonna on Saturday at the Rochester Recreation Center.
Century improved to 3-0-0 overall and 2-0-0 in the Big Nine. The Panthers are rolling at both ends of the rink, having outscored their first three opponents by a combined total of 20-2.
Zmolek (two goals, one assist) and Roth (three assists) led the way again for Century. Roth now has six goals and 12 points through three games, while Zmolek has five points through two games.
Century set the tone early against Owatonna (0-2-0, 0-2-0).
The Panthers scored three times in the first period — Roth set up Sam Batterson and Mitch Hoover for goals sandwiched around a power-play goal by Zmolek — and led 3-0 after 17 minutes.
Roth assisted on Batterson's second goal of the game in the second period for a 4-0 Panthers lead after two.
Alex Ney scored a power-play goal in the third for Century, while Zmolek added a late even-strength goal. Owatonna's Jari Lindfors scored in between to spoil the shutout bid by Century senior goalie Joey Pundt, who made 22 saves in his first start of the season.
Century is back in action at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, when it plays host to Section 1AA title contender Farmington at the Rochester Recreation Center.
Century 6, Owatonna 1
Owatonna: Jari Lindfors 1 goal; Justin Stein 1 assist; Greg Somers 29 saves.
Century: Riese Zmolek 2 goals, 1 assist; Jake Roth 3 assists; Sam Batterson 2 goals; Mitch Hoover 1 goal; Alex Ney 1 goal; Tristan Travis 1 assist; Ryan Sherden 1 assist; Joey Pundt 22 saves.
Lourdes holds on for tie
OAKDALE — Rochester Lourdes saw a two-goal lead vanish, but the Eagles held on to tie Tartan 2-2 in non-conference boys hockey play on Saturday.
Lourdes (0-1-1 overall) built a 2-0 lead after one period on goals by Ryan Saltness and Dakota Streit.
Tartan cut that lead in half in the second period on a power-play goal by Sam Lindahl. It forced overtime with just 1:38 to go in the third period when Nick Steinberg scored an even-strength goal.
Tartan outshot the Eagles 4-1 in overtime, but Lourdes goalie Jack Burkel (23 saves) preserved a tie for his team.
Mason Carstens and Tucker Chapman also got on the scoresheet for Lourdes, both assisting on Streit's goal at 9:36 of the first period, which came just 1:15 after Saltness opened the scoring.
Tartan (0-1-1) outshot Lourdes 25-18.
Lourdes returns to action Thursday at Mound-Westonka at 7 p.m. The Eagles play their home opener at 2 p.m. Saturday at Graham Arena against St. Cloud Cathedral.
Lourdes 2, Tartan 2, OT, tie
Lourdes: Ryan Saltness 1 goal; Dakota Streit 1 goal; Mason Carstens 1 assist; Tucker Chapman 1 assist; Jack Burkel 23 saves.
Tartan: Sam Lindahl 1 goal; Nick Steinberg 1 goal; Wyatt Toll 1 assist; Michael Hughes 16 saves.
Duluth Denfeld 4, Red Wing 1
Duluth Denfeld: Cody Budisalovich 1 goal; Dylan Michaud 1 goal, 2 assists; Nick Thompson 1 goal; Kadin Ferguson 1 goal; Joe Rukavina 1 assist; River Alander 19 saves.
Red Wing: Tristan Rehder 1 goal; Tyler Defore 1 assist; Dixon Irwin 1 assist; Adam Defore 30 saves.
Dodge County 6, Bagley/Fosston 5
Dodge County: Drew Kirmse 3 goals; Daytin Freerksen 1 goal, 1 assist; Chris Roberts 1 goal, 1 assist; Ben Colvin 2 assists; Kylo Courteau 2 assists; Colton Goodman 1 goal; Gus Kirsch 8 saves.
Bagley/Fosston: Christian Larson 1 goal, 3 assists; Mark Maruska 1 goal; Weston O'Beirne 1 goal; Dalton Agnes 1 goal; Jarret Merschman 1 goal, 1 assist; Andrew Gebhardt 32 saves.