Girls hockey: Tigers tie, prepare for playoffs
Last week the Farmington girls hockey team closed out an11-12-2 regular season that earned it the No. 6 seed in the Section 1AA tournament.
That meant a rematch Wednesday with third-seeded Rochester John Marshall, a team that beat Farmington 5-2 in the second game of the season back on Nov. 19. That contest came during the Tigers’ 2-9-1 start and head coach Jon Holmes is hopeful the version of his team that went 9-3-1 in the second half of the schedule will show up in the playoffs.
“We played them very early this year and did not play our best. And since then we have become a very different team,” he said. “But they will come hard and we will need to be ready to play from the drop of the puck.”
The winner of Wednesday’s game will take on either No. 2 Kasson-Mantorville or No. 7 Owatonna in the second round Saturday night.
The Tigers missed out on a chance to get back to .500 in their regular season finale, playing to a 2-2 overtime tie Saturday at Richfield Ice Arena against a Holy Angels team it beat 5-3 last month.
Holy Angels held one-goal leads in both the second and third periods, but a power-play goal by Megan Stivers and a short-handed tally by Shelby Klotz knotted the score. Assists went to Ellie Moser and Danielle Wright.
The Tigers were scoreless on 11 shots over the first two periods before putting 10 shots on net in the third.
“That was an inadequate first two periods. We came out flat, continued to play flat and really didn’t compete at the level of hockey we have been playing the last month,” Holmes said. “We came around in the third period, and we even scored short-handed late in the period to tie it up. This was a little salty though since it just made our overall lack of grit in this game even more apparent.”
Farmington goaltender Molly Singewald stopped five Holy Angels shots in overtime to preserve the tie and finished with 17 saves.