Rochester Century is undefeated in Big 9 Conference play and can assert itself as the league front-runner with a win over No. 17-1A Northfield on Thursday.
The Panthers' current nine-game unbeaten streak includes a 3-1 victory over No. 6-2A White Bear Lake on Jan. 6 — a game in which Rochester Century (16-3-1, 9-0-1) was outshot 31-8 but showed discipline in manufacturing an upset.
The Panthers have 10 skaters with at least four goals on the season, and sophomore Joey Malugani (9-20-29) has fueled his team’s well-rounded scoring with 20 assists.
The Raiders seek to avenge a 3-1 loss to the Panthers on Jan. 13 and are riding a six-game winning streak after claiming a 5-4 overtime victory over St. Paul Academy. Jacob Halvorson (18-30-48) leads Northfield’s potent first line that’ll try to set the tone after being held in check in the teams' first meeting.