Farmington Tigers fall in section 1AA finals
The season came to an end for the Farmington Tigers girls hockey team Thursday night, Feb. 15, when they lost to Lakeville South 6-5 at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna. The Tigers led 5-3 heading into the third period but gave up three unanswered goals to the Cougars in the third. This was Farmington's second year in a row making the section championship game, which they won last season on the way to being state consolation champions. The Tigers finish the season with a 21-8 overall record including the playoffs.
Farmington started the game off with a bang when eighth-grader Claire Enright scored her fifth goal of the playoffs, assisted by junior Jenna Gerold. Six minutes later, Lakeville South scored two goals in 30 seconds to take a 2-1 lead. Senior Ellie Moser scored on a power play (assisted by freshman Brenna Fuhrman) at the end of the first to tie the game heading into the second period.
The Cougars retook the lead early in the second to make it 3-2, but the Tigers responded with three straight goals to surge ahead 5-2. Senior Gabriella Hudson scored eight minutes into the second, assisted by fellow senior Emily Rubins and junior Bailey Kelley. Then Moser found Gerold in front of the net for the second goal midway through the period and Enright scored her second goal of the game on a power play (with help from Fuhrman and junior Marissa Agerter).
The Tigers had a two-goal lead heading into the third period and were just 17 minutes away from a second-straight trip to the state tournament. However, the Cougars went on to score three goals of their own throughout the third, one on a power play, one even strength and the last short-handed. Farmington pulled senior goalie Emily Auge with 1:40 left in an attempt to tie the game but it was to no avail.
Farmington graduates 11 seniors this spring including several key contributors, but they also return players like Kelley, Agerter, Enright, Gerold and Fuhrman next year. Check back for an updated story at the beginning of the week.