Boys hockey: Tigers split vs. section foesAfter scoring 13 goals in a span of seven periods, the Farmington boys hockey team was blanked by section rival Owatonna over the final 34 minutes of Thursday night’s contest at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
After scoring 13 goals in a span of seven periods, the Farmington boys hockey team was blanked by section rival Owatonna over the final 34 minutes of Thursday night’s contest at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
The scoring lull lasted just long enough for the Huskies to overcome a 1-0 deficit and end the Tigers’ two-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory.
The Tigers struggled throughout a first period in which they were outshot, 11-6. Still, they held on to a 1-0 lead thanks to a goal by Quinn Eden on a pass from Quinn Malcolm just 62 seconds in.
The Huskies tied the game late in the second period, then scored the game-winner on a shot that bounced off several players’ skates and past goaltender Victor Simones with just over two minutes remaining. Simones finished with 23 saves.
“In the third both teams had opportunites. We had a lot of good looks but nothing to show for it,” Farmington coach Keith Revels said.
Each team finished with 25 shots on goal, but Farmington had a 19-14 edge over the final two periods.
“Hard to take for our boys. We played great over the last two periods only to come up short,” Revels said. “We held composure in some tense moments in the third and played hard. It just was not going our way.
“We need to stay the course and continue to build on some solid play over the final two periods. The season is still young and we need to press on, make this a bump in the road not an extended stay in the ditch.”
The Tigers (2-3) continue their home stand this week with games against Dodge County (Tuesday) and Shakopee (Friday) at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
Senior forward Tyler Grubb scored a hat trick and the Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead for the second straight game on their way to a 6-1 win over Winona last Tuesday night.
Grubb opened the scoring with a goal on a pass from varsity newcomer John Donnelly 5:01 into the first. Blake Weinand added another goal just over a minute later (assist from Matt Provost) and Grubb made it 3-0 with an unassisted score at the 11:46 mark.
It stayed 3-0 until Malcolm found the net with assists from Weinand and Provost 4:58 into the second. Grubb added a short-handed score late in the period to make it 5-0.
Provost capped the scoring with a goal 14:51 into the third (assists from Malcolm and Justin Rees).
Simones got the start between the pipes and stopped 16 Winona shots.