Boys hockey: Tiger offense heats up vs. ChanFarmington finally started cashing in on its opportunities around the net as it picked up its first Missota Conference win of the winter Friday night.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
Farmington finally started cashing in on its opportunities around the net as it picked up its first Missota Conference win of the winter Friday night.
The Tigers scored a pair of goals in each period and skated to a 6-2 victory over Chanhassen at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The triumph ended a four-game winless skid in the Missota that featured a one-goal loss to a ranked New Prague team, a 5-3 setback to league unbeaten Holy Angels, a tie on the road at Red Wing and a one-goal loss at 9-3 Northfield last Tuesday.
“We played really well like we have been, but we made good on more of our opportunities around the net,” Farmington coach Keith Revels said.
The Tigers got on the board early on a goal by Justin Hyytinen 37 seconds into the first. Hyytinen added a power-play goal in the third in his first game back from illness.
Tanner Grubb scored later in the period (assist to Kevin Olund) to give the home team a 2-1 lead at the first intermission.
Jack Erickson scored midway through the second to make it 3-1 (assists to Dallas Tucker and Justin Novak) and Tucker followed with a power-play goal to push the lead to three goals.
Tucker matched Hyytinen’s two-goal effort with another tally in the closing minutes of the third.
Gage Overby once again got the start in goal and finished with 17 saves. He’s now 3-1 as a starter and has stopped 115 of 128 shots for a save percentage of .898.
“The third has not been kind to us this season, but this story had a different ending as we were able to close them out and net two more after Chanhassen got it back to 4-2,” Revels said. “It was nice to win a third period and hopefully that sparks a trend for us as we move forward.”
The Tigers (6-7-1) traveled to Chaska (8-4-2) Tuesday and are back home tomorrow night against last-place Shakopee.