Boys hockey: Tigers tally sixth straight
The Farmington boys hockey team overcame an early two-goal deficit to remain unbeaten in the Missota Conference last Thursday in Victoria.
John Siebenaler got the Tigers on the board 5:31 into the second period with a power-play goal, and later scored the game-winner with 59 seconds left to lift the team to a 3-2 victory over Chanhassen at Victoria Recreation Center.
The team’s sixth straight win improved it to 11-3-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the Missota Conference, right on the heels of 5-0-1 New Prague.
“It had the feel of one of those games that got away that you deserve to win right up until the last minute. Our maturation from a year ago shows up in games like this one,” Farmington coach Keith Revels said. “It’s nice to continue our winning ways (but) it will be hard to keep it up if each goal requires 20 shots on goal first.”
The Tigers went scoreless on 17 first-period shots against the Storm. They then held a 23-1 shot advantage in the second and a 23-9 edge in the third. Nick Schoening made his fourth start of the year in goal and picked up his third win, stopping 18 Chanhassen shots.
“He made some key stops late to preserve the win,” Revels said.
After Siebenaler’s first goal, Jack Erickson tied the game with a goal at the 10:15 mark of the second. Tanner Grubb assisted.
Assists were also provided by Justin Novak, Austin Martinsen, Erik Holmstrom and Tyler Jette.
Last Tuesday’s home game against Northfield played out a similar fashion. The Tigers found themselves trailing early on, but put a lot of shots on goal while rallying for a 4-1 win over the Raiders at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
After Northfield’s goal midway through the first period, Dallas Tucker got things going for the Tigers with a game-tying score at the 14:52 mark. Jack Erickson and Grubb assisted.
After a scoreless second, Chris Fitzgibbons netted a pair of goals early in the third period (assists to Grady Hauswirth and Jake Trippel) to break the 1-1 tie. Martinsen tacked on a goal at the 11:21 mark as the Tigers out-shot the Raiders 20-5 over the final 17 minutes.
“Persistence paid off. We carried play nearly the entire game. We worked hard and won races to loose pucks and got pucks to the net in bunches. The Northfield goalie played well and they congested the scoring zone with lots of bodies,” Revels said. “Our boys stayed poised and did not get frustrated, kept after them and took over in third period.”
Goaltender Gage Overby stopped 10 Northfield shots.
The Tigers hosted Chaska Tuesday and are back on the road at Shakopee tonight.