4 goals in season opener
University of Vermont recruit Krystal Baumann scored four goals but a furious third period rally by Breck proved the difference in the Mustangs 5-4 win over the Tigers in the season opener for both teams played Tuesday, Nov. 16, at Breck-Anderson Arena in Golden Valley.
"We had two solid periods of playing position and taking care of the defensive end of the rink," coach Jon Holmes said. "In the third you could almost see the excitement, fear and anxiety hit our girls like a steamboat."
Baumann's hat trick, including one power play goal, and some timely goaltending by Jessica Erchul combined to give the visitors a 3-1 lead after two periods. Erchul stopped 25 shots over the first 34 minutes.
But the final period belonged to the Mustangs. Breck scored just 1:10 into the final frame and then after Baumann's power play score seemed to restore order, the Class A power went on a three-goal scoring binge that secured the victory.
Kate Schipper scored the game-winner for the Mustangs with 2:49 to play.
Hannah Alexander assisted on three of Baumann's goals but no other Tiger registered a point in the season opener.
The Mustangs owned a 38-27 shot advantage that included a 12-7 margin in the decisive third period.
"There were positives and negatives to take away from this game," Holmes said. "We know we can play with the top notch teams. We'll head back to practice tomorrow and start figuring out how to put three solid periods of hockey together."
Farmington continues its rugged non-conference schedule Thursday night, November 18, with its home opener against Wayzata before taking on Section 1AA rival Lakeville South in a Saturday (3:00 p.m.) matinee at Schmitz-Maki Arena.