Boys hockey: 10th straight sets up rematch
The Farmington boys hockey team gave up three power play goals and had to settle for leaving New Prague with a 4-4 overtime tie back on Dec. 19.
Since that time, the Tigers have done everything they can to make sure the stakes are high for Tuesday’s rematch with the Trojans. They have reeled off 10 straight wins, including six straight league tilts to up their mark to 7-0-1 heading into Tuesday’s showdown at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The Trojans entered at 7-0-2 and the rest of the pack sits at .500 or worse, meaning the winner has a major head start in the race for the final Missota Conference boys hockey championship.
“We need to limit our penalties and continue converting our scoring opportunities like we have been lately,” Farmington coach Keith Revels said.
Farmington’s last Missota title came in 1975 and its last conference title came in the Maroon division of the Tri-Metro Conference in 1989.
The story from Tuesday’s game can be found online at farmingtonindependent.com.
The Tigers (15-3-1) hung a 59-12 shot advantage on Red Wing Friday night and came away with a 7-1 rout at Schmitz-Maki Arena. After coming up empty on 17 shots in the first period, the home team converted on four of 26 chances in the second.
“That pretty much follows the script for most of our games,” Revels said.
Chris Fitzgibbons scored on the power play 25 seconds in the second period. Just over a minute later, Jack Erickson knocked in a goal to make it 2-0.
Defenseman Tyler Jette closed out the period with a pair of goals and added another midway through the third for his first career hat trick.
“I can’t recall ever having a defender score a hat trick for us,” Revels said.
Tanner Grubb and Austin Martinsen added goals during a third period where the Tigers outshot the Wingers 16-2.
Justin Novak finished with four assists, upping his team-leading point total to 40. Erik Holmstrom and Dallas Tucker each supplied two assists and Grady Hauswirth, Benton Olson, John Siebenaler, Grubb and Martinsen had one apiece.
Nick Schoening started in goal and stopped 11 of 12 shots.
Last Tuesday the Tigers went on the road to face an Owatonna team with a record of 7-5-2 and ended up skating away from the Four Seasons Centre with their most lopsided win of the season, 9-0.
Erickson scored a hat trick to lead the visitors and Hauswirth, Siebenaler, Jette, Jake Trippel, Devin Berne and Darby Grengs each contributed single goals. Grengs’ goal came early in the third period on his first career varsity shift.
Goaltender Gage Overby stopped all 18 Owatonna shots for his first shutout of the season.