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Boys hockey: Penalties pave the way for Trojan comeback

Penalties proved costly for Farmington during last Thursday’s trip to New Prague.

The Tigers were whistled for six minors to the Trojans’ two and the defending Missota Conference champions took advantage by scoring three power-play goals while overcoming a two-goal deficit to forge a 4-4 overtime tie at New Prague Community Center.

“It was a bit frustrating as we seemed to be in reach of putting the game away a couple of different times,” Farmington coach Keith Revels said. “New Prague has a 12-senior lineup that won the Missota last year so a comeback tie is something we can live with. The penalties did not help our cause.”

The Tigers grabbed an early lead on Justin Novak’s first-period goal. John Siebenaler and Tyler Jette provided assists. Early in the second, Jette scored his first career goal on the power play to make it 2-0 (assists to Novak and Siebenaler).

The Trojans got on the board with a power-play goal just over three minutes later, and were once again a man up when they scored again to make it 3-2 at the 12:33 mark. In between, Benton Olson scored for Farmington on a pass from Tanner Grubb.

New Prague finally tied the score with its third straight power play goal at the 8:49 mark of the third. The Trojans then took the lead with a goal at 10:08, but Farmington drew the score back even thanks to Jack Erickson’s second goal of the season at 12:15. Grubb and Devin Bernu assisted.

The Tigers outshot the Trojans 5-3 in the eight-minute overtime, but neither team could produce a game-winner.

Gage Overby played all 59 minutes in net for the visitors and finished with 30 saves.

“I think we have a bit more game than we showed. We’re looking forward to the rematch at home, which could be a pretty meaningful game standing-wise,” Revels said.

The Tigers outshot Rosemount 44-31 last Tuesday, but dropped an 8-2 final to the previously-winless Irish at Rosemount Community Center.

“The shots tell the story.… The forwards didn’t finish on many scoring opportunities and provide support on the back check,” Revels said. “The defense made their share of miscues and poor decisions and the goaltenders had a combined save percentage below 74 percent…. Add those things up and the end result is a running-time loss despite outshooting the opponent.”

The Tigers briefly closed to within 3-2 with a pair of second-period goals. Siebenaler scored the first on the power play with an assist from Novak and Austin Martinsen followed suit with assists from Novak and Jette.

Rosemount netted a goal late in the second before reeling off four straight in the third period.

The Tigers (5-3-1) take on Simley, Cambridge-Isanti and Albert Lea today through Saturday in a holiday tournament at Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights.