Boys hockey: Hastings takes season opener, 5-2
The offense wasn't bad, the defense was alright, but the transition from offense to defense hurt the Farmington boys hockey team in its season opener Saturday at Hastings Civic Arena.
The Raiders scored four transition goals as they skated to a 5-2 victory over the Tigers.
"We worked very hard and had numbers backchecking, but need to communicate on who is taking whom so there are not opposing players unaccounted for to hurt us off the rush or off a rebound shot," Farmington coach Keith Revels said. "That was far and away our Achilles heel today."
The Tigers (0-1) got on the board early on a goal from Jake Eldred on a pass from Zak Payne, but still trailed 2-1 after a period.
The Raiders then scored two goals in the opening minutes of the second period and held a 5-2 advantage heading into the third. Jake Sorenson provided the second Tiger goal, with assists going to Eldred and Kevin Olund.
Hastings held a 34-19 advantage in shots on goal, but Farmington went shot-for-shot with the home team during a scoreless third period.
"We were outshot by a wide margin as well, mostly because they were shooting the puck at every opportunity and we were not. If we have open looks at the net we need to get the puck to the net, another thing we can work on," Revels said. "We also hung tough down the stretch and the third period was our best period. We had some good looks at the net but could not convert to close the gap."
Late in the third, the Tigers pulled goalie Aaron Dahl and were still able to keep Hastings out of the net. The team also went 4 for 4 on the penalty kill.
"We did a nice job putting pressure on and maintaining puck possession," Revels said. "No goals to speak of but played extended time without our goalie in without giving them quality scoring chance."
Dahl finished with 29 saves on 34 Hastings shots.
The Tigers returned to action Tuesday night with a road trip south to take on section rival John Marshall.