Tigers edged in OT at Hastings
Hastings Civic Arena provided an exciting atmosphere for the Farmington girls hockey team’s season opener Friday night.
“It was one of the best games I’ve coached and been to in the last few years. The rink was jam-packed and the glass was shaking,” Farmington coach Jon Holmes said. “There was a lot of energy and both teams played their hearts out.”
The Tigers never held the lead, but twice answered Hastings goals to tie the score in a closely-contested, back-and-forth contest. The Raiders finally sent the hometown crowd home happy thanks to Kiki Radke’s breakaway goal in overtime that gave them a 3-2 victory.
Hastings got the scoring started with a goal 7:01 into the first period, but the Tigers quickly tied the score on a goal by Madeline Oines. Michaela Tonsager provided the assist. The Raiders took the lead back with another score late in first period and finished with a 12-5 advantage in shots on goal.
The Tigers took momentum back in the second, outshooting the Raiders 12-9. Varsity newcomer Ellie Moser drew the score even at 2-2 with her first career goal at the 52-second mark.
Neither team scored a goal in the third period, but the Tigers did put the puck across the goal line. An early whistle canceled a goal that would have given them the lead with about five minutes to go.
“We talked about there being some things you can’t control and they went out and got right back at it,” Holmes said. “A break like that would have cracked a lot of teams, but they stuck with it.”
The Tiger defense kept the score tied well into the overtime period before Radke’s steal and breakaway produced the game winner. Goaltender Maddie Bowe couldn’t stop the final shot, but still finished with 30 saves.
“Our defense played really well,” Holmes said. “They’re going to guide us through a lot of games this year. It was a fabulous team effort all around.”
The Tigers hosted Rochester John Marshall on Tuesday and are back at Schmitz-Maki Arena Saturday when they host Irondale.