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Boys Hockey: Tigers win 16th straight, capture Missota title

The Farmington hockey team has a full head of steam built up heading into the Section 1AA tournament.

The Tigers capped off an undefeated run through the Missota Conference and a 21-3-1 regular season with a 5-2 win on the road at Chaska Saturday afternoon. Two days earlier, the Tigers clinched their first Missota Conference championship in 38 years with a 5-3 triumph over Shakopee in front of a big home crowd at Schmitz-Maki Arena. In all, the team has won 16 straight games dating back to the first game of the Simley Invitational on Dec. 26.

“It’s been a good run. The boys are playing well,” Farmington coach Keith Revels said. “I think we all knew a conference title was in reach. It’s not an easy feat, though. Fourteen games over three months requires consistent persistence. Team chemistry is a key component to the success they are experiencing.”

For the second-seeded Tigers, the Section 1AA tournament road continues back at home tonight against seventh-seeded Rochester John Marshall. Farmington edged JM 4-3 in the first game of the season back on Nov. 21. The top seed in the section belongs to second-ranked Lakeville North, which finished 15-2 in winning the South Suburban Conference.

The Tigers used a three-goal third period to get past Chaska and wrap up their 13-0-1 league season Saturday at Chaska Community Center.

The Hawks briefly tied the game at 2-2 with a power play at 5:58 of the third, but Landon Nielsen answered with the go-ahead score just under a minute later. Erik Holmstrom and Justin Novak provided assists.

Dallas Tucker knocked in another goal at the 9:16 mark and Novak capped off his league-best 53-point season with a power-play score at 13:33. Tyler Jette and John Siebenaler assisted.

Grady Hauswirth opened the scoring and Wyatt Jensen’s first career goal gave Farmington a 2-1 advantage late in the second.

The Tigers scored twice on 40 shots over the first two periods before finding the net on three of 17 in the third.

“Our offense is like Novocain. It takes time, but it ends up working in the end,” Revels said.

Gage Overby stopped 21 of 23 Chaska shots to pick up another win.

The Tigers’ Novocain-like offense proved effective last Thursday, as well. They netted two goals on 29 shots through two periods before once again scoring three goals in the third to pull away from the Sabers on Senior Night.

Five players scored goals, including Holmstrom and Austin Martinsen on the power play in the third. Tucker, Siebenaler and Alex Aubrecht each scored goals and Novak handed out four assists.

Goaltender Nick Schoening saved 16 shots.

“It was a pretty emotional night all around, especially for the seniors. We carried play for the most part, but had a couple defensive miscues and pretty soon we were playing from behind into the third period,” Revels said. “Our boys were unfazed and were able to play with poise and control in a tight game and net three in a third period to seal things up.”