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Farmington girls hockey are top seed in section 1AA

Girls finish strong before sections

The Farmington girls' hockey team won four straight games heading into the section 1AA playoffs. After losing on the road Jan. 25 to Lakeville South, the Tigers rebounded by winning on Jan. 27 at Shakopee 3-1 with a goal from Jenna Gerold and two from Ellie Moser.

Last week, Farmington played through a grind of three games in three days. They beat South Suburban Conference winner Eagan (the Tigers finished tied for second) in a 4-1 route at home Feb. 1. They then traveled Feb. 2 to Hopkins/St. Louis Park where they won 3-2, and then closed the regular season with another 3-2 win at Eastview.

Farmington finished the regular season with a 19-7-0 overall record and were 12-5 in the SSC behind Eagan and tied with Lakeville South. Senior Ellie Moser finished in the top-20 for goals scored in the state with 31, and as a team, the Tigers allowed under two goals a game while scoring almost four.

The Tigers are the top seed in section 1AA and host the winner of Rochester John Marshall and Rochester Century on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Schmitz-Maki Arena at 7 p.m. Should they win Wednesday, they go on to play the winner of Lakeville North and Northfield at home at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. The sectional final will be played Thursday, Feb. 15, in Owatonna at the Owatonna Four Seasons Center at approximately 5 p.m.

Boys win two of the last three

The Tiger boys broke their losing streak with two wins last week over Eagan and Rochester Lourdes (they lost at Eastview later in the week). With those two wins, the Tigers snapped an 11-game losing streak that dated back to Dec. 16. Farmington is now 6-14 overall and 3-11 in the SSC.

Farmington had to survive a comeback and an overtime period at home versus Eagan. The Tigers jumped on the Wildcats early with two goals in the first seven minutes of the first period from juniors Quinn Rudrud and Zach Willis. From there on, Farmington tried to prevent an Eagan comeback. The Wildcats scored one goal in the second period and another early on in the third to eventually send the game into overtime. However, Willis made his second goal of the game the game-winner to snap the Tigers' losing streak and give them the 3-2 overtime victory.

Their offense exploded two days later at Rochester Lourdes, where the Tigers scored eight goals in their highest output of the season. Willis and sophomore Zach Walton both scored in the first four minutes to give Farmington a 2-0 lead. Lourdes scored just 21 seconds after Walton scored to make it 2-1, but from the Tigers tried their best to put the game away early.

Rudrud achieved the amazing with a hat trick in just the first period (in under two and half minutes no less) and Farmington led 5-1 after the first period. Lourdes scored two goals at the end of the second but were countered by a short-handed goal from Farmington sophomore Aaron Gruber and it was 6-3 after two. Lourdes made a comeback in the third with two consecutive goals to make it 6-5, but then the Tigers added two empty-net goals from junior Mason Enright and Willis to seal the 8-5 win.

The Tigers were not able to keep the momentum going when they went to Eastview where they lost 5-3 on Feb. 3. They now have just five games left in the regular season before section playoffs start at the end of February. Farmington hosted Lakeville North on Monday, Feb. 5, after this article went to print; and then host Prior Lake on Friday, Feb. 9.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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