Mankato vs. Owatonna

7:15 p.m., Thursday, May 9

After finishing third in the Big 9 Conference standings last year, Owatonna has positioned itself as a contender halfway through the regular season.

The Huskies (5-2, 5-0), who are the only team left without a league loss, have relied on defense to keep them winning.

In the team's five victories this season, opposing offenses are averaging just over three goals.

Goaltender Zoe Anderson has played her part, collecting wins against Northfield (17-2 on April 15) and Rochester John Marshall/Lourdes (5-4 on April 29).

Mankato (3-4, 3-3) hopes a win could help it get back into the conference race one season after finishing atop the league standings.

Mankato has no shortage of threats on offense. Gracie Bowman, Alexis Peterson and Malia Neumann each have at least 10 goals this season.