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Boys hockey: Overtime tally ends winless streak

Farmington freshman Grady Hauswirth takes the puck up the ice during last week's game against Holy Angels at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The Tigers lost 5-3, but came back to defeat Simley in overtime on Saturday.

After two good periods against Holy Angels and an overtime win against Simley, Farmington boys hockey coach Keith Revels has some high hopes for the future of his young team.

The Tigers got a goal from Tanner Grubb 3:55 into overtime Saturday against Simley to earn the win.

"It certainly did not come easy," Revels said. "We had the better of play throughout but were not able to put away opportunities. We let them hang around on their home ice."

After a scoreless first period at Veterans Memorial Center, Grady Hauswirth opened the scoring with his first career goal at 10:42 of the second period. He put back the rebound of a shot from Corey Rudrud to get the Tigers on the board. The Spartans answered before the end of the period. Dallas Tucker put the Tigers back on top at 7:10 in the third off of assists from Justin Novak and Jack Erickson, but Simley tied the score again at 11:57 to force overtime.

The overtime win was likely a welcome sight for Revels after his Tigers outshot their first two Missota Conference opponents without coming away with a win.

Farmington allowed Simley to take just 16 shots.

"(Goalie Gage) Overby was very good again," Revels said. "He made some key saves in key moments."

Overby also had a good game Jan. 1 against Holy Angels. After the teams played to a 1-1 tie in the first period he stopped 20 Stars shots in the second period as the Tigers took a 2-1 lead.

Justin Hyytinen scored the Tigers' goal in the first before being disqualified on a check from behind in the second. Kevin Olund scored the Tigers' goal in the second.

Novak scored in the third, but three goals from the Stars put Farmington in a hole. The Tigers had a few chances to tie the game before an empty-net goal iced the game for Holy Angels.

"We never gave up, and I hope we continue playing that way," Revels said. "It was another heartbreaker, but I feel like we made some positive steps in our game."

That is a big thing for a pretty young Tiger team. Only five of the 20 varsity players have played a full season of high school hockey. Revels said the Tigers' play in recent games has him feeling like those players are getting their skates under them.

"The boys played hard, won races to the puck and played solid defense," he said. "I'm hoping we turned a corner and a very young team grew up a bit."