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Boys hockey: Tigers complete Roch sweep

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Some new line combinations put the Farmington hockey team’s offense into high gear last week. Erik Holmstrom skates with the puck during a recent home game. The Tigers improved to 4-2 with three straight wins last week.

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Coming off a stretch of one goal in six periods in back-to-back losses to Hastings and Eagan, coach Keith Revels shuffled some players around before last Tuesday’s Missota Conference opener at Red Wing. The result was a 54-13 advantage in shots on goal and a 9-1 rout of the Wingers at Prairie Island Ice Arena.

“Red Wing is a team that has historically given us fits with a very defensive style built on circling the wagons and denying shots to the net.… Our boys did a nice job being poised and persistent offensively and not getting frustrated,” Farmington coach Keith Revels said. “We tried some new line combinations, which produced nine points for the Justin Novak-John Siebenaler-Austin Martinsen line, but more importantly seven different players from four different lines lighting up the lamp.”

The offense continued to produce the rest of the week as the Tigers knocked off Rochester Century 8-3 at home Thursday night and completed their first-ever sweep of the three Rochester schools with a 6-3 triumph over Rochester Mayo Saturday night at Graham Arena.

“That should go far come seeding time,” Revels said.

In the win over Red Wing, Siebenaler scored his first hat trick of the season. Novak finished with three assists and Martensen had a goal and two assists.

Also scoring single goals were Landon Nielsen, Tanner Grubb, Jake Trippel, Chris Fitzgibbons and Dallas Tucker.

Goaltender Gage Overby stopped 12 shots to pick up the win in net.

Overby let a shot get by 5:30 into last Thursday’s game against Century, but Grubb scored to tie the game just 35 seconds later and goals by Siebenaler and Novak put the Tigers back in front 3-1 heading into the second period.

Siebenaler went on to turn in a five-point night, scoring another goal in the second period and dishing out three assists. Novak had three assists of his own and Martinsen tacked on two late goals to pick up his first hat trick of the season.

Jack Erickson added his first goal of the season and Grady Hauswirth, Devin Bernu, Benton Olson, Tyler Jette and Trippel provided assists.

The Tigers faced a bit more adversity after their offense cooled off in the first period Saturday at Rochester Mayo. Despite out-shooting the Spartans 12-4, the visitors entered the second trailing 1-0.

Second-period goals by Grubb and Trippel gave Farmington the lead, but Mayo’s short-handed score at 12:25 tied the game at 2-2 heading into the third.

Martinsen found the net early on in the third period, and finally gave the Tigers the lead for good with his second goal at the 6:49 mark. Hauswirth and Trippel added insurance goals in the final five minutes.

Overby finished with 14 saves.

“They responded well to giving up that first goal and did not get frustrated when opportunities early did not find the net,” Revels said.

At 4-2, the Tigers have matched their best record through six games since the 2008 season. They put it on the line tonight when they host Apple Valley at Schmitz-Maki Arena.

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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