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Boys hockey: Tigers fall in section semifinals

Farmington stuck with top-seeded Lakeville North for the first 40 minutes of Saturday's Section 1AA semifinals.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, the final 11 minutes belonged to the Panthers. They scored three goals during that time -- including an empty-netter -- and advanced to the section finals with a 5-2 victory at Rochester Recreation Center.

"They carried the play for the most part, things were just not clicking for us offensively," coach Keith Revels said. "The boys fought hard until the end, no surprises there. They have been doing that all season long."

The Tigers were outshot 44-11, but overcame a two-goal deficit to tie the game with a pair of quick goals midway through the second period. Grady Hauswirth was the first to find the net with an unassisted goal, and 31 seconds later Jack Erickson scored a goal of his own to tie the game.

The game stayed tied for 13 minutes before North's big finish. The Panthers face cross-town rival Lakeville South in tonight's section finals.

Gage Overby started in net for Farmington and stopped 39 Lakeville North shots. He turned away 13 in the first, 16 in the second and 15 in the third.

Both teams were 0 for 2 on the power play.

Farmington used an early power-play goal to jumpstart its offense in last Tuesday's section playoff opener at Schmitz-Maki Arena. In the program's first section quarterfinal home game since moving to Class 2A in 2003, the Tigers scored first on a Jack Erickson power-play goal 5:14 into the first (assists to Justin Novak and Kevin Olund) and never trailed in a 5-2 win over fifth-seeded Rochester John Marshall.

Olund scored a goal of his own four minutes later, with the assist coming from Erickson, and the Tigers took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.

Second-period scores by John Siebenaler (assist to Grant Hauswirth) and Hauswirth pushed the lead to 4-0, but the Rockets responded with two goals in a three-minute span to make things interesting heading into the third.

"We had a little lapse in the second that allowed them to get back into the game, but we played well defensively," Revels said.

The Tiger defense made the lead stand by holding the Rockets scoreless on six shots in the third period. The only goal of the final 17 minutes came on Erickson's empty-netter at 15:51.

Overby finished with 23 saves in his first career section tournament start.

The Tigers finished the season with a record of 13-13-1.