Boys hockey: Shots don't connect against SimleyThings weren’t going well for Farmington even before the start of Saturday’s non-conference hockey game against Simley at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The Tigers, playing their third game of the week, gave regular goalie Victor Simones the day off. An injury to back-up Austin Krause left goaltending duties to Nick Schoening, who made his first start of the season.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
Things weren’t going well for Farmington even before the start of Saturday’s non-conference hockey game against Simley at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
The Tigers, playing their third game of the week, gave regular goalie Victor Simones the day off. An injury to back-up Austin Krause left goaltending duties to Nick Schoening, who made his first start of the season. Schoening was left to play behind a defense that was missing three of its top six players due to various injuries and other commitments.
Once the game started, things got even worse. Simley scored two goals in the first seven minutes, and Farmington struggled to find the net as scoring leader Andrew Peterson had to leave the game with a chin laceration. The Tigers ended up on the short end of a 4-1 score despite outshooting Simley 33-15.
“I guess you could say yesterday was a day where very few things went right for us,” Farmington coach Keith Revels said. “We controlled much of the game and once again had lots of good looks at the net that we were not able to finish. We have to find a way to put more than one goal away.”
The Tigers (5-7-2) got on the board late in the first when Jack Erickson scored his third goal of the season (assists to Grant Hauswirth and Andrew Peterson).
The Spartans added single goals in the second and third periods as they improved to 10-3-1.
Schoening finished with 11 saves.
The Tigers hosted Chanhassen Tuesday night and are back on the road tonight when they travel to Red Wing for a Missota Conference showdown with the Wingers.
New Prague 2,
New Prague’s Austin Kilian slipped the puck past Simones with 1:10 remaining to lift New Prague to a 2-1 Missota Conference victory Thursday night at the New Prague Community Center.
Farmington grabbed the early lead when Jake Eldred slipped behind the defense and scored on a pass from Blake Weinand 3:35 into the second period.
The Trojans tied the score just over six minutes later and the score stayed 1-1 until Kilian’s game-winner.
“We were playing good hockey, good enough to get another win over a very competitive conference team on the road,” Revels said. “The boys are disappointed with the late goal to lose this one, but the bigger picture shows that we continue to be competitive.”
Simones saved 33 shots on the loss.
Simones stopped all 23 shots that came his way as he picked up his first shutout of the season in a 4-0 rout of Chaska last Tuesday at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The 3-12 Hawks have been shut out six times this season.
“He made a couple of big saves to preserve it,” Revels said. “Victor is following up a solid junior year by putting together another good campaign in net.”
Peterson scored a pair of goals to lead the Tiger offense. He opened the game with a short-handed breakaway score 5:29 into the first period, then added an empty-netter in the final 30 seconds (assists to Hauswirth and Erickson).
Kevin Olund added his fifth goal of the season to make it 2-0 after a period and Hauswirth netted a goal for the second game in a row late in the second period (assist to Peterson).