Section Hockey: North moves on, 6-1Second-seeded Lakeville North made short work of Farmington in the second round of the Section 1AA tournament, skating to a 4-0 lead after two periods and advancing with a 6-1 victory at Hasse Arena Friday night.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
Second-seeded Lakeville North made short work of Farmington in the second round of the Section 1AA tournament, skating to a 4-0 lead after two periods and advancing with a 6-1 victory at Hasse Arena Friday night.
Farmington goaltender Trevor Zangs stopped 13 of 14 shots over the first 17 minutes, but the Cougers proved relentless and deposited three shots into the back of the net in the second period to take control.
"They basically got two shots to our every one in every period. Survived at first, did what we needed to do defensively to go into intermission still in the game," said Farmington coach Keith Revels, who led the Tigers from eighth to fifth in the Missota in his first year as boys coach. "After the second goal we started pressing a bit prematurely which led to goals three and four."
The Tigers got on the board when Tyler Grubb returned from an illness and scored a goal on passes from Greg Werner and Drew Schaeppi 35 seconds into the third. The score stayed 4-1 for seven minutes, but Lakeville North knocked in two goals of its own in a four-minute span to increase its lead to five.
Zangs finished with 42 saves on 48 shots, while Farmington scored on just one of its 23 shots on goal.
"We played hard and pretty well, but we needed to get a couple of breaks. We had a pipe in the second and a couple of pucks go just wide," Revels said. "The Lakeville North goaltender played well, stopped Werner from the top of the crease while down with a wild glove save over his head."
The seventh-seeded Tigers had less trouble getting on the scoreboard in last Tuesday's section opener, scoring six goals in a 6-2 win over No. 10 LeSueur-Henderson at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
"Not our best outing, but we did enough to move into the next round," Revels said.
Werner scored the game's first four goals, starting with a shot at the 13:40 mark of the first period. He scored again to give Farmington the lead after LeSueur-Henderson put up its first goal, then completed his hat trick late in the second to make it 3-2 and give the Tigers the lead for good.
Werner opened the third period with goal No. 4 at the 5:55 mark, then Andrew Thomas added a pair of goals to put the game out of reach.
Zangs finished with 17 saves and earned his first career section playoff win.