There is still much to be sorted out in determining the best of the Big 9 Conference, but Thursday’s game between two of this season’s top contenders should offer, at the very least, a hint of where these teams figure into the power structure.
Of course, that was the thought heading into Mayo’s Jan. 4 showdown with Northfield, a game that ended in a 3-3 tie. Overtime ties have been a theme of late for the Spartans, as they also tied Owatonna and Proctor last week.
No. 16-1A Mankato East (9-4-0) has won eight of its last nine, including four by shutout. The best of those wins might have been the most recent, a 6-4 triumph at Hutchinson in which the Cougars held a 6-2 lead heading into the third period. Junior Brayden Borgmeier scored two of his team-best seven goals in the triumph.