1st goal of the season
Rochester John Marshall scored on its first shift when the Tigers left a man wide open in the left slot and things didn't get a whole lot better for the Tigers the rest of the period in a 7-1 non-conference loss Tuesday night, Dec. 1, in Rochester.
The Rockets went on to score three more goals in the opening period, the last coming with just 45 seconds remaining.
"We have to be ready to play at the start of a period and bear down at the end of a period," coach Keith Revels said. "We have not been good at either so far. The blame is for all to share, including the coaches."
JM scored its final three goals in the second period, including one just 40 seconds after the puck dropped.
"Mistakes are part of the game, Revels said, "but the mistakes we are making now are catastrophic in nature, the ones that usually end up as goals for the opposition."
Farmington played better in the final 17 minutes with Tyler Grubb scoring his first goal of the season on the power play from Jack Buss and Blake Weinand.
Mike Moser got the start in the nets for Farmington, giving up the four first period goals and recording 10 saves before giving way to Aaron Dahl who surrendered three goals and registered 16 saves the rest of the way.
Revels indicated third goalie Victor Simones will draw his first varsity start Friday night in the home opener against Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
"The blame can't be put squarely on the goaltending," he said, "but we are still looking for a go-to guy at that position."
Injury was added to insult in the loss to the Section 1AA rival when forward Jake Eldred fractured his collar bone in the first period. Wing Trevor Hockert also left the game early with a high ankle sprain.
Even with the mistakes and injuries, Revels said there were some positives to take away from the trip to Rochester.
"We outshot them 31-29 and made them make mistakes," he said. "They just made our mistakes count on the scoreboard."