Section road once again ends at Dodge County
The Farmington girls hockey team’s season came to an end at Dodge County Ice Arena in Kasson for the third straight season Saturday night.
The latest meeting was the closest of the bunch. After calling it a season with 8-2 and 6-0 losses the previous two years, the Tigers were never overmatched against second-seeded Dodge County during their 3-0 semifinal loss.
“I thought this year was definitely a different game from last year against Dodge County. The shots were pretty even and our shot attempts were much higher than theirs,” Farmington coach Jon Holmes said. “We had our chances and missed a few that were right on the door step that I know 99 times out of 100 they find their way in. But I was proud of the game we played. We hustled and we competed in all the areas we needed to.”
Dodge County pulled away with one goal in each period. The Tigers, meanwhile, put six shots on goal in the first period, 10 more in the second and seven in the third, but couldn’t avoid being shut out for the first time all season. Goaltender Emily Auge stopped 28 of Dodge County’s 31 shots.
“We definitely were prepared but we just could not find the twine. The entire game, even up to about four minutes left, we all felt like it was bound to happen because of the chances we were getting,” Holmes said. “The bench was calm and we were very high in spirit all game.”
The Tigers had reason to be confident their offense would come around as they were coming off a season-high 11 goals in last Wednesday’s 11-0 first-round win over Rochester Mayo.
Nine players found the back of the Schmitz-Maki Arena goals and 13 contributed points. Jenna Gerold provided two goals and two assists and Ellie Moser handed out four assists, running her team-leading point total to 44.
Savannah Tucker scored two goals of her own and Kenna Cavanaugh, Marissa Agerter, Lexie Budensiek, Maddi Oines, Kayla Schultz, Emily Rubins and Bailey Kelley each scored once.
Auge made 21 saves to earn her sixth shutout of the season.
The Tigers finished with an overall record of 15-9-3. They improved from 8-9-1 to 9-6-3 in the South Suburban Conference and placed fifth for the second straight year.
“Much like last year, the biggest thing we need to get to the next level is just a little more age,” Holmes said. “We were right there knocking this year and with a couple bounces here and a non-post there we would have found ourselves competing for a section title.”
Dodge County faces Lakeville South in the Section 1AA finals tonight in Owatonna.