Boys hockey: Farmington defense denies Chaska, Shakopee
The last time the Farmington boys hockey team won back-to-back games via shutout, Pluto was still a planet and "Malcolm in the Middle" was still filming new episodes.
The Tigers blanked two straight opponents for the first time since January of 2006 last week, scoring a 4-0 shutout last Tuesday at Chaska and a 2-0 blanking of Shakopee Friday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
"I can't recall ever having back-to-back shutouts," Farmington coach Keith Revels said. "We end the first round of the conference schedule at 3-3-1. If we continue to play well we hope to improve those numbers in the second round. We're playing good hockey right now, but we need to continue to improve heading into the final nine games of the regular season."
Goaltender Austin Krause stopped all 18 shots that came his way Friday night against Shakopee. He got all the support he would need when Jordan Lugowski scored late in the first period. Tanner Grubb and Kevin Olund provided assists.
The score stayed 1-0 until the 7:09 mark of the third period when Justin Hyytinen scored on the power play. Assists went to Grant Hauswirth and Grady Hauswirth.
The Tigers finished with a 36-18 advantage in shots on goal.
"While we did not make the most of the opportunities we created, we did enough," Revels said. "We played very solid defensively."
Chaska had a 30-22 edge in shots last Tuesday at Chaska Community Center, but goaltender Gage Overby stopped all 30 to earn his first career shutout.
"Gage has stepped in and done a very nice job for us," Revels said. "As Chaska elevated their game late on home ice, he was able to stay cool, calm and collected and continue to turn away shots."
The Tigers took the lead on a goal by Grubb at the 10:40 mark of the first period. Jack Erickson added a tally in the second and Lugowski and Dallas Tucker each knocked in goals in the third.
At 8-7-1, the Tigers have already surpassed the win total of last year's 7-17-2 squad. They are back in action tomorow night at home against Red Wing.