Boys hockey: Tigers opening at home
A 3-1 victory road victory over Shakopee in last Thursday's regular season finale at Shakopee Ice Arena moved the Farmington boys hockey team into a tie for fourth in the final Missota Conference standings and earned the Tigers the No. 4 seed in the Section 1AA tournament.
That means the team will host its first section game at Schmitz-Maki Arena since it moved to Class 2A in 2003. The Tigers open the playoffs tonight against a fifth-seeded Rochester John Marshall team they beat 4-3 in the second game of the season back in late November.
"The No. 4 seed is where we were hoping to land and thought we belonged, so we were pretty pleased that the votes fell the way they did," Farmington coach Keith Revels said.
The victory over Shakopee also allowed the Tigers to finish at .500 with a record of 12-12-1. The 2006 (13-11-2) and 2011 (14-13) teams are the only other ones to finish with as many wins as losses in the program's last 10 seasons.
The Tigers fell behind on a Shakopee power-play goal early in the second, but answered just over two minutes later with a goal from Corey Rudrud (assists to Zach Colaw and Justin Hyytinen).
With the score 1-1 midway through the third, Jack Erickson took over. He gave the Tigers the lead with a goal at 6:32 (assists to Dallas Tucker and Justin Novak) and then added a short-handed goal just over two minutes later.
"He has another gear speed-wise that allows him to gain separation from defending players and he put it to good use," Revels said.
John Seurer stepped in at goal and stopped 29 of 30 shots to earn his first varsity win.
"He was fantastic in his first varsity start," Revels said.
The Tiger JV also had a successful night, capping off a 24-1 season with its 24th straight victory.