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Boys hockey: Tigers are in the Missota driver’s seat

Farmington’s Austin Martinsen celebrates a first-period goal last Thursday against Holy Angels. The Tigers are 10-0-1 in the Missota Conference with three games to go.

The Farmington hockey team continued its winning streak with 3.3 seconds to spare Saturday night at Northfield Ice Arena.

Justin Novak controlled a redirection from Tyler Jette as the closing seconds of overtime ticked away and flipped it over the Northfield goaltender’s leg pad to extend the Tigers’ winning streak to 13 games with a 3-2 victory. The late-game dramatics capped off a week where the Tigers went 3-0 and padded their lead in the Missota Conference with a 4-3 win over second-place New Prague and a 9-0 blowout of Holy Angels.

The first period ended with the score 0-0 Saturday despite Farmington out-shooting Northfield 22-7. The Raiders got on the board first midway through the second, but less than two minutes later Tanner Grubb scored on assists from Jack Erickson and Dallas Tucker to make it 1-1. Thirteen seconds later, Grady Hauswirth and Jake Trippel made passes to set up a go-ahead score by Chris Fitzgibbons.

Northfield responded with a goal to tie the game at 2-2 through two periods, and the score stayed that way through the end of regulation despite the Tigers out-shooting the Raiders 56-19.

The first 7:56 of the eight-minute overtime period also went by without a goal before Novak’s heroics.

“They just kept coming and with 12 seconds left with the puck inside our own blue line, they find a way to get it up the rink and onto the stick of their leading scorer with 3.3 to spare,” Farmington coach Keith Revels said.

Nick Schoening got the start between the pipes for the Tigers and stopped 17 of 19 shots.

With the win, the Tigers improved to 10-0-1 in the Missota, 1 ½ games ahead of runner-up New Prague’s 8-1-2 mark. The team closes out the regular season with games against three teams with .500 or worse records – tonight at home against Chanhassen and next week at home against Shakopee and at Chaska.

Vs. Holy Angels

Austin Martinsen scored 1:55 into the first period and the Tigers went on to match their most lopsided win of the season last Thursday night against Holy Angels at Schmitz-Maki Arena. It was the program’s first-ever home win over the Stars.

“It was nice to hit the ground running and get a 3-0 lead in under seven minutes of play,” Revels said. “It was nice to leave no doubt. We played well in all three zones of the rink.… Offensively we were making plays and converting them into goals on the scoreboard as efficiently as we have all season.”

Martinsen and Erik Holmstrom each finished with a pair of goals and Hauswirth, Grubb, Jette, Fitzgibbons and Trippel each found the net. Siebenaler tallied three assists and Novak added two.

Schoening stopped all 20 Stars shots to pick up the shutout.

Vs. New Prague

The biggest threat to Farmington’s winning streak came last Tuesday at home against New Prague. The Trojans scored three times in the first nine minutes, but the Tigers rallied to take the lead on Jack Erickson’s goal midway through the third and Gage Overby made 14 of his 21 saves in the third to preserve a 4-3 win.

“The 3-0 deficit did not faze them. They stayed poised and focused on the task in front of them,” Revels said. “Not how we drew it up, but it was a very good response to some adversity for us.”

Trippel got Farmington the board with a goal at 11:27 of the first. Just over a minute later, Siebenaler found the net to make it a one-goal game.

Tucker tied the score with a goal 1:16 into the second period.