Farmington boys' hockey drops pair of home South Suburban contests
The Farmington Tigers boys' hockey team took their lumps at home this past week with losses to Lakeville North and Prior Lake. The Tigers fell on Monday, Feb. 5, 8-3 to Lakeville North and then on Friday 5-2 against Prior Lake. The game against Prior Lake was Military Appreciation Night at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The Tigers wore special, military-themed uniforms that were later auctioned off. Farmington is now 6-16 overall with the two losses and 3-13 in the South Suburban Conference. They have three games left, all this week before section play starts.
Farmington started their game against Lakeville North fast when junior Quinn Rudrud scored under a minute into the game, assisted by sophomore Reed Kadrlik and freshman Logan Weierke. However, Lakeville North scored four goals in the first themselves and led 4-1 after one while outshooting the Tigers 18-4 in the period. North scored one more goal in the second to make it 5-1, then scored right away in the third for a 6-1 lead. Kadrlik scored midway through the third with help from senior Joe Wolters and junior Zach Willis, and then Willis scored shorthanded near the end of the period. The Panthers scored three total goals in the third and won 8-3. The Tigers were outshot 44-20 and were unable to convert on the power play, managing just one goal in seven chances.
Against Prior Lake, Farmington got off to a slow and sloppy start. Despite outshooting the Lakers 8-7 in the first period, the Tigers gave up two goals, one on a turnover during their own power play and another Prior Lake short-handed goal off a rebound. Farmington was able to cut the Lakers' lead at the end of the first period to 2-1 after junior Josh Ask scored on a power play, assisted by Wolters. Prior Lake scored two more goals in the second to lead 4-1 heading into the third period. Farmington was able to add a goal by Rudrud in the third (assisted by sophomore Aaron Gruber), but the Lakers also scored and won 5-2.
Head coach John Marsh said that his team being slow out of the gates hurt.
"We were just a little bit slow, we couldn't quite get our rhythm but we kind of rebounded at the end of the first," he said.
He also said that Prior Lake is a bad matchup for the Tigers and how they like to play.
"Prior Lake is a good team that plays really fast and physical," Marsh said. "We're a little bit young and a little bit small, so the physical game is really not our style. They were able to get on us pretty good, slow us down and get us off our game."
Despite the losses, Marsh said that his team played the right way and stuck to their style. He also said that the team is playing more consistent than earlier in the season but there is still plenty of room for improvement. He finished by saying that they will treat the last week of the season as if it is the section playoffs in preparation for the real playoffs which start next week.
Farmington traveled to Burnsville on Tuesday, Feb. 13, host Hastings on Thursday, Feb. 15, and end the regular season at Rosemount on Saturday, Feb. 17.