Boys hockey: Play improves, results stay the same
Farmington hasn't managed a win in four Missota Conference games dating back to a 13-1 drubbing by fifth-ranked Holy Angels 16 days ago.
But the team did find a bit of a spark Thursday night at Prairie Island Arena in Red Wing, where it held a third-period lead before falling to Red Wing, 4-3. The Wingers were 8-1 winners in last year's matchup.
"After Holy Angels we lost our game. We seemed to find it in Red Wing," Farmington coach Keith Revels said. "Who knew? Always the last place you would look."
If the Tigers, still 7-6-1 overall, can carry over some momentum from Thursday's loss to Red Wing, they will have a chance to move up from the bottom of the Missota Conference standings. All four of their losses have come to the league's top four teams, and their next three games come against Shakopee, Prior Lake and Northfield, the teams that fill out the bottom half of the standings.
The Tigers fell behind early against Red Wing, but needed just a minute to retie the game on a power-play goal by Andrew Thomas. Assists went to Tylor Bambenek and Devin Ingebrigtson.
The teams once again traded goals in a 22-second span midway through the second period. After Tyler Grubb scored his team-leading 18th goal on the power play on passes from Jacob Sorensen and Daniel Handberg, the Wingers put the puck past goaltender Aaron Dahl to make it 2-2.
Just 13 seconds later, Farmington took its final lead of the game when Bambenek scored on a pass from Thomas at 8:35. The score stayed 3-2 until Red Wing tied it with a goal 1:44 into the third.
The Wingers scored the game-winner at the 11:42 mark and senior goaltender Abe Rohan supplied the last of his 20 saves to preserve the lead.
Dahl finished with 14 saves.
Hutchinson scored three goals in a five-minute span in the first period of last Tuesday night's Missota Conference game at Schmitz-Maki Arena and held on for a 5-2 win.
"A couple of costly turnovers leaving our zone end up in the net. A third seeing eye puck that rolled to the backdoor for waiting Hutch players and it's 3-0 in the first," Revels said. "We played much better the rest of the way but we're not finishing on opportunies very well at the moment."
It was 4-0 by the time Ingebrigtson scored on a pass from Grubb 12:20 into the third period. Grubb added a goal of his own at the 13:42 mark.
Trevor Zangs got the start in goal and allowed five goals while saving 24 shots.
Revels said the Hutchinson game was a good example of the inconsistency his team is still playing with.
"Our intenisty and effort on the ice has too many peaks and valleys at this point," he said. "We need to consistently play at the level were capable of or wins will be very scarce the rest of the way."