Boys hockey: North blocks tourney road
For the fourth straight year Farmington bowed out against Lakeville North in the Section 1AA Tournament.
But for head coach Keith Revels, there were a few more positives than in years past to take away from Thursday night's 4-1 season-ending loss.
"We left there feeling a bit better than the years before," Revels said. "We did get out-shot, but that was not a big surprise. We did a nice job of limiting a large percentage of their shots to the perimeter and (Trevor) Zangs was fantastic."
Zangs, a sophomore, earned the right to start the section game for the sixth-seeded Tigers after stopping 21 of 23 Northfield shots in a 4-1 win in the previous Thursday's regular season finale. He responded with 42 saves, his second highest total of the season.
Zangs kept Lakeville North off the scoreboard over the first 17 minutes, but the Panthers scored a pair of goals during a penalty-filled second period to take the lead.
It was was 3-0 by the time Farmington (9-16-1) got on the board at the 10:30 mark of the third. Senior Devin Ingebrigtson provided the lone goal with assists going to Tyler Grubb and Daniel Handberg.
The Panthers tacked on an empty-netter with six seconds left to cap the scoring. Goaltender Matt Arentz stopped 10 of Farmington's 11 shots.
"We played tough and never gave in," Revels said. "Nice to see us in the game late and still fighting. Hopefully a sign of things to come."
The Tigers finished 11-16-1 this season and say goodbye to five seniors -- Ingebrigtson, Brian Grabowski, Sam Miller, Andrew Thomas and Tylor Bambenek.
The program finished under the .500 mark for the fourth straight year since a 13-11-2 showing in 2005-06. In the subsequent three seasons the Tigers finished 10-15-1, 7-19 and 11-15-1 and lost to Lakeville North in the section tournament each season.