Boys hockey: Rally falls short at RochesterFarmington’s attempt to overcome a three-goal third-period deficit fell just short in a 3-2 loss to Rochester Mayo Saturday at Graham Arena in Rochester.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
Farmington’s attempt to overcome a three-goal third-period deficit fell just short in a 3-2 loss to Rochester Mayo Saturday at Graham Arena in Rochester.
The Spartans put two redirections and a rebound past goaltender Victor Simones in a five-minute span early in the second period to take control of a scoreless tie. It stayed 3-0 until 3:41 into the third when Blake Weinand scored on the power play to get the Tigers in the scoring column.
Just over five minutes later, Jack Erickson made it a one-goal game with a power-play score of his own. John Donnelly and Andrew Peterson provided assists. The Tigers finished with a 14-8 advantage in shots on goal in the third, but couldn’t tie it up in the final eight minutes.
“We made a nice run at a three-goal comeback on the road, but just could not net the equalizer,” Farmington coach Keith Revels said. “We took a penalty in the last three minutes and pulled the goalie to get back to a 5 on 5, but were unable to net one.”
Simones finished with 29 saves as the Tigers finished their early-season Section 1AA preview with a record of 3-2-1. They take on Suburban East teams Hastings and Park of Cottage Grove this week before opening Missota Conference play Dec. 30 at Shakopee.
Peterson scored a hat trick and six different players got in on the scoring as the Tigers netted a season-high nine goals in a 9-1 rout of Dodge County last Tuesday at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
“The Wildcats are a bit down this year. Their numbers did not allow for a JV game,” Revels said. “We accomplished what we set out to do.”
Jack Buss started the scoring with an unassisted goal at 5:22. Just over a minute later, Jake Eldred scored on a Jordan Lugowski assist to make it 2-0. Eldred’s second goal, the first of the team’s three power-play goals, made it 3-0 after a period.
Peterson started the second with back-to-back short-handed tallies to bump the Tiger lead to 5-0. Lugowski then scored his first varsity goal on an assist from Kevin Olund and Peterson closed out the second with a power-play goal to complete his second hat trick of the season.
Michael Giebel and Zach Colaw each added their first career varsity goals in the third period. Grant Hauswirth assisted on two of the team’s nine goals. Buss, Colaw, Donnelly, Logowski and Olund each added single assists.
The Tigers finished 3 for 3 on the power play and were 6 for 6 in penalty kills. They out-shot Dodge County 20-3 in the first period and 30-14 for the game.
Simones stopped eight shots over the first two periods before Nick Schoening went 5 for 5 in saves in the third.