Boys Hockey: Tigers top Lakers, fall to Trojans
Farmington held on to fifth place in the eight-team Missota Conference with a split of two league games last week.
The Tigers moved a game ahead of sixth-place Shakopee with two games left in the regular season by scoring a 6-3 win over Prior Lake last Tuesday at Schmitz-Maki Arena. Their overall record slipped back to 9-13-1 after an 8-4 loss Friday night at New Prague.
A power play goal by Drew Schaeppi snuck Farmington within a goal early in the third period Friday night, but the Trojans responded by putting the puck past goalkeeper Trevor Zangs three times in the final 15 minutes to secure their 16th victory of the season. Zangs finished with 36 saves.
"We held on through two and into the third," Farmington coach Keith Revels said. "The final score looked a little bit worse than it was. We were in the game into the third, which is what we were looking for."
The Tigers fell behind 2-0 on two quick goals in the first period, but answered with goals by Devin Ingebrigtson and Andrew Thomas to tie the score.
It was 4-2 by the time Greg Werner scored his team-leading 16th goal at the 13:08 mark of the second. However, New Prague answered with a goal nine seconds later to build its lead back to two.
It was Farmington jumping out to a quick lead in Tuesday night's 6-3 win.
Jake Sorenson opened the scoring with a goal on a pass from Mike Dabat 1:52 into the opening period. At the 13:06 mark, Dabat doubled the lead with a goal on assists from Sorenson and Ingebrigtson.
Prior Lake put a shot past Zangs 2:47 into the second, but the Tigers responded with three straight scores. Werner opened the run with an unassisted shorthanded goal -- Farmington's lone goal in the second period -- then Drew Schaeppi opened the third with a power play goal at the 25-second mark. A Bambenek goal made it 5-1 and Luke Hince capped the Farmington scoring with his first goal of the season at the 9:28 mark.
Zangs stopped 38 of 41 New Prague shots to earn his second straight win and fourth of the season.
"We continue to play our best hockey in February which is what you want to see," Revels said. "Each conference foe we have faced has been an improvement from the first trip through the conference schedule, which is a trend we hope to continue."
The Tigers were back at Schmitz-Maki Arena Tuesday night to host a first-place Holy Angels team that beat them 11-0 earlier this season in Richfield.
"We're hoping to contain them early on and stay in the game with a more defensive approach," Revels said. "They have so many weapons and hurt us on offensive rushes where we did not have forward backchecking support."