Boys hockey: Tigers outshine Stars 3-2 in overtime
As far as anyone on the current coaching staff can remember, the Farmington boys hockey team had never beaten Holy Angels.
That was before last Thursday night, however, when the Tigers used a goal from Dallas Tucker 2 minutes, 43 seconds into overtime to deal the perennial state power a 3-2 loss, its first in the Missota Conference this year, at Richfield Ice Arena.
"(Assistant coach) Todd Karich has been on board for 12 seasons and this is his first time beating them and (assistant coach Shawn) Anderson can't recall ever beating them either," Farmington coach Keith Revels said. "We played with a confidence that I have not seen in a while. We were poised with the puck and making great decisions all over the rink."
All three lines scored goals for the Tigers. Kevin Olund got the visitors out to a good start with a goal 1:31 into the first period. Alex Aubrecht provided the assist.
Less than four minutes later, freshman Grady Hauswirth scored on a feed from fellow freshman John Siebenaler to make it 2-0 Tigers.
Holy Angels (11-8-1, 9-1-1) got on the board 6:53 into the second period, and then tied the game early in the third on a goal by conference scoring leader Mario Bianchi.
But that was all the Stars would get. They entered averaging 5 ½ goals per game and had scored 20 total goals in their previous two wins against Red Wing and Chaska, but could only muster two in 32 shots against the Tigers. Goaltender Austin Krause played all 53:43 between the pipes and stopped 30 shots.
"It was easily the best of his seven starts this season," Revels said. "Defensively, with the exceptions of the first goal we gave up, we were rock solid."
Tucker scored the game-winner in transition, with assists going to Jack Erickson and Justin Novak.
The Holy Angels loss was a gift for 20th-ranked New Prague, which vaulted into a tie for first in the conference after defeating Farmington and Shakopee last week. Northfield is third at 7-3 and the Tigers sit fourth at 4-5.
Revels' squad carried a 2-1 lead into the third period last Tuesday at New Prague Community Center, but the Trojans scored three unanswered goals -- two on the power play and one empty-netter -- to thwart the upset bid.
Novak and Erickson scored second-period goals for Farmington.
"We had a couple of brief lapses on the penalty kill and they jumped on the opportunities," Revels said.
The Tigers (10-9-1) travel to Chanhassen tonight and head to Bloomington to take on Kennedy Saturday.