One hundred seventeen.
That’s the number that was on Princeton senior forward Julia Osowski’s mind Saturday entering the Tiger girls hockey game at Wadena.
But it took just three minutes and thirty-two seconds for that number to be forgotten. Long forgotten.
Heading into the Saturday game, Osowski was tied for the Princeton girls’ all-time scoring lead at 117 points. The record was held by Jenny Hanson, who skated for the Tigers from 1998-2003.
Osowski tied the record on Jan. 24 with her second of two goals in a 4-4 tie against Cambridge.
Saturday at Wadena there was no chance that Osowski was going home to Princeton without a new record in her hand. She was also determined to show why she is the school’s new all-time scoring leader.
Osowski notched a point on each of the Tigers’ first five goals in a 10-1 victory over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle-Wadena-Deer Creek.
She scored every way she could, putting in regular goals, an unassisted goal and a power-play goal. She broke the record 3:32 into the game, then padded her record with a power-play goal at 10:46 of the first period and an assist one minute later on a Bridget Walter goal. She added an unassisted goal 6:48 into the second period and assisted on Ellie McElhone’s goal at 13:32 of the period. She added one more goal in the third period for good measure.
But it’s that first goal that broke the record that Osowski remembers most.
“I caught a loose puck in the neutral zone, skated past a few players and put the puck past their goalie,” Osowski said.
McElhone and Walter got the assists on the record-breaking goal.
Osowski came into the 2011-12 season third on the all-time point list with 93 points. She surpassed Katy Finstrom for second place earlier in the season.
Osowski looks to put more distance between herself and future challengers for the scoring title with three regular-season games and then the playoffs remaining on the Tigers’ 2011-12 schedule.