29 February 2012

Tiger Scoreboard: March 1, 2012

Girls Basketball
Section 1AAAA quarterfinals
Rochester Mayo 47 Farmington 42

Boys Basketball: Storm blow by Tigers

Mackinley Bassett
Team-high 17 points

League-leading Chanhassen (12-1) outscored Farmington (6-7) 47-19 in the second half in an 85-48 Missota Conference win over the Tigers Tuesday night in Chanhassen.

The loss snuffed out the Tigers' three-game conference win streak and left them with an overall mark of 10-15 with one regular season contest remaining, a league home game with Red Wing Friday night.

Farmington kept within shouting distance of the Storm in the opening half, trailing 38-29 at the break. For the next 18 minutes, however, it was no contest.

Chanhassen made 10 of 12 three-point shots in the second half, showing why it will take home the conference title.

Though the Storm was a heavy favorite, Tiger coach Shane Wyandt was disappointed in his team's lack of effort and execution.

"We showed no energy or the effort that we've been playing with lately," he said. "They (Chanhassen) are a very talented team so I can handle getting beat but not the way we got beat. We looked like a scared team. They out-played us in every aspect of the game."

With top-scorer Darren Beenken home with the flu, Mackinley Bassett and Nick Varner shouldered most of the offensive burden for the Tigers, scoring 17 and 11 points respectively.

With section seeding scheduled for this weekend, Wyandt is hoping that his team's lackluster performance in Chanhassen will serve as a motivator.

"I hope we use this as a last wake up call as we finish the conference season and head into playoffs," he said. "The seeding race is still extremely tight so we need another win."

28 February 2012

Tiger Scoreboard: February 29, 2012

Boys Basketball
Chanhassen 85 Farmington 48

Girls Hockey: Academic State Champs!

The Tigers haven't played in the girls state hockey tournament since 2008 but that doesn't mean they haven't added to their already bulging trophy case.

On the ice the girls won back-to-back Missota Conference crowns in 2010 and 2011 and in the classroom they won two straight Section 1AA academic championships.

This year the Tigers made it three consecutive section academic titles and on Sunday coach Jon Holmes and his team learned they had been named the the 2012 Class AA academic state champions

Two of the four senior captains, Jessica Erchul and Katie Burgess, accepted the award at the Ms. Hockey banquet held at the Xcel Energy Center.

Holmes said he and his players realize the object of the games is to win and everyone strives to bring home the conference and section championships.

"But when you really dive into what we preach and what we strive for as far as life lessons learned in athletics," he said. "This award is probably the most prestigious that a team can earn.

"It's a huge honor and all the credit goes to the girls since they are the ones who find themselves studying at away games and setting up structures where upperclassmen help the younger players with their academics."

The Tiger coach explained that the 12 highest grade-point averages of rostered players are used to determine the team average with the 13th, 14th and 15th highest averages used as tie-breakers.

Farmington's cumulative average was an impressive 3.854 on a perfect 4.000 scale.

"That was good enough to make us the smartest team in Minnesota," Holmes said. "We made winning the section award again one of our pre-season goals and I know it was in the back of the girls' minds throughout the year. We are very proud of them."

27 February 2012

Gymnastics: Lorencz state runner-up in vault

Nadia Lorencz
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Nadia Lorencz picked up her third second place state meet medal in nine months by finishing runner-up in the vaulting competition at the Class AA state gymnastics meet held Saturday night at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion.

Last spring the talented junior placed second in both the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump at the Class AA state track and field meet.

Lorencz ranked 10th in vaulting at the 2011 state gymnastics meet.

All in all, Lorencz qualified for this year's state finals in three individual events and the all-around competition. In addition to her all-state performance in vault (9.7875), she ranked 11th in floor exercise (9.525); 19th in all-around (36.4125) and 28th on the balance beam (8.275).

"Nadia's first vault was almost perfect," Tiger coach Lynn Bauman said. "On the beam she was great but she had one fall and one break in her routine that took away from her score.

"The last event was floor and she was the first one (to perform), something she wasn't used to. But she made everything and performed like an all-star...Overall, she had a fun and exciting day. She was happy with her performance and so were her coaches."

Lorencz's runner-up finish in the vault matched the second-best by a Tiger at state in school history, equaling coach Bauman's second place effort in the same event in 1990. Buaman (Gramentz) owns the only Farmington gymnastics state title, winning floor exercise in 1991.

26 February 2012

Boys Swimming: Tigers take 3rd in section; make state in five events

Christopher Kirchmann
State qualifier in 4 events
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Farmington finished third and qualified for next weekend's Class AA state meet in five events at the Section 1AA Championships held last Thursday and Saturday at the Rochester Recreation Center.

Rochester Century dominated the meet with a winning total of 432 points. Hastings came in second at 307, followed by Farmington 273, Rochester Mayo 253, Rochester John Marshall 247, Owatonna 208, Winona 201 and Northfield 154.

The Tigers qualified for state in three individual events and two relays. Christopher Kirchmann provided two of the state-worthy performances in the 50 and 100 freestyle races.

Evan Carufel
State qualifier in one-meter diving
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Diver Evan Carufel added the third with a second place effort in the one-meter diving competition.

Kirchmann joined forces with Zach Holton, Conner Kealy and Aaron Lane to qualify for state in both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

"It was an exciting meet on Saturday," Coach Ryan Hamen said. "We had a minimum of two entries in every event with almost every event having at least one athlete in the championship heat.

"These boys have worked hard this year and deserve the opportunity to reach more success at state. It is going to be a great challenge to get into state finals but these boys have the heart and desire, and I am excited about their potential.

"This week we will be working on what is needed to make it happen. We will remain focused and diligent in our efforts to represent Farmington at the largest high school competition of the year."

The state meet will be held Mar 1-3 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Other top ten Farmington finishes at the Section 1AA Championships:
200 medley relay: 6. Cameron Molnar, Nick Stephan, Brandon Dion, Christian Bell
200 freestyle: 5. Holton; 8. Kealy
100 individual medley: 5. Lane
Diving: 7. Jonathan Bovee
100 butterfly: 6. Holton
100 freestyle: 8. Kealy
100 backstroke: 3. Lane
100 breaststroke: 8. Stephan

Wrestling: Taylor Venz on to state; 9 Tiger place winners at Section 2AAA meet

Taylor Venz will take a 30-5 record to state
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Taylor Venz shook a large monkey of his back and in doing so won a section championship and a berth next weekend's Class AAA state wrestling tournament.

The Tiger eighth-grader defeated Lakeville North's Collin DeGrammont 10-2 in the championship match of the 106 lbs. division at last last weekend's Section 2AAA Championships in Shakopee. DeGrammont, the fifth ranked 106-pounder in the state, had defeated Venz twice within the last month.

Venz will take an impressive 30-5 season record to the Xcel Energy Center this Friday morning when he opens state meet competition against Logan Walkow (29-11) of Willmar.

Venz wasn't the only Tiger grappler to enjoy success at the section meet as a total of nine Farmington entrants ended the meet as place winners.

"That's the second highest number of place winners Farmington has ever had at a section meet," Tiger coach Chad Olson said. "I am very proud of how our wrestlers finished the season."

The 1996 Tiger team had 10 individuals finish as place winners at the section tournament.

Besides Venz, two other Tigers reached the finals only to lose there and in a true second match. Jacob Gabbard (113) and Joe Hoeve (152) each placed third. Gabbard finished his season with a 25-5 mark; Hoeve was 27-12.

Other Farmington place winners included Dakoda Louis-Dupay, 4th at 220 lbs.; John Walz, 5th at 126; Jake Rudeen, 5th at 138; Bret Hoffman, 5th at 285; Matt Rustad, 6th at 120; and Chris McCue, 6th at 145.

"Not only did we have the second most place winners ever, but three seniors who didn't place-Ridge Raddatz, Trevor Breezley, and Tyler Engel--had their last match be the best of their careers," Olson said. "It was great to see them go out like that."

Tiger Scoreboard: February 26, 2012

State Class AA Championships at U of M
Nadia Lorencz 2nd in vault; 11th in floor exercise; 28th on balance beam and 19th in all-around

Boys Swimming and Diving
Farmington 3rd in team standings
State qualifiers: Evan Carufel (diving); Christopher Kirchmann (50 and 100 freestyle); 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay teams

Section 2AA Championships at Shakopee
Taylor Venz wins 106 lbs, championship and advances to state meet;
8 place winners, second best-ever for Farmington

25 February 2012

Alumni Tracker: Huls helps UST to MIAC Title

Erik Huls

Former Tiger Erik Huls capped his outstanding collegiate career with four top ten finishes to help the University of St. Thomas win its second straight Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) men's swimming and diving championship.

Huls won the 100 butterfly to claim all-MIAC honors and took eighth in the 50 freestyle. The ex-Tiger also swam on the runner-up 400 medley and fourth place 200 medley relay teams...Another former Tiger standout, Jaymes Awbrey, swam for Carleton College at the MIAC meet.

2011 Tiger grad and state Class AA one-meter diving champion Tyler Magalis ranked fifth in both the one and three-meter diving competitions for St. Cloud State at the All Saint's meet held at St. John's University.

Abby Kenealy (2008) wrapped up her collegiate basketball career this week. Kenealy finished her senior season as the Mustangs leading scorer (14 points per game) and rebounder (4.7). She also ranks among the top 20 career scorers in that school's history.

Five other former FHS women's players finished their regular seasons last week. 2009 Athlete of the Year Kirstee Rotty averaged 9.3 points and 5.5 rebounds to help St. Olaf College into the MIAC playoffs....Elena Koch (2011) scored 4.9 points and pulled down 3.2 rebounds a game for the College of St. Benedict.

Jordan Bridges of the Tiger class of 2011 has averaged 3.9 points and 2.4 rebounds a night for Jamestown College (North Dakota) which won the Dakota Athletic Conference title and is currently ranked fourth in the NAIA Division II national poll with a 26-3 record...A third member of last year's graduating class, Jamie Kenealy, has played in 22 of 26 games for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, averaging a point and a rebound a game in a reserve role...Carlye Chell, who left Farmington after her sophomore season, averaged 4.9 points and 2.8 rebounds for the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Josh Zitzmann

Josh Zitzmann
(2009) is averaging 8.5 points, three rebounds and 1.5 steals a game for the Rochester Community and Technical College men's hoops team that owns a 19-6 season record.

Trey Davis

Logan Hussung

A pair of FHS grads and former state throwing champions, Trey Davis and Logan Hussung, finished one-two in the shot put at the Snowshoe Open indoor track meet at the University of Minnesota...Ex-FHS jumper Michael Amofah (St. Cloud State) finished 11th in the long jump at the meet.

The same day at the the U of M, three former Tigers ran in the women's Parent's Day meet. Erin Hickey (Minnesota-Duluth) took 11th in the long jump while Kaitlin Mincke (Minnesota) ranked 17th in 1000-meter run and Jackie Beckett (Minnesota, Mankato) placed 17th in the 600-meter run.

Former Tiger hockey standout Alex Carlson has three goals and five assists this season for the Ohio State University men's puck team...2011 Tiger grad Krystal Baumann has recorded five goals and six assists for the University of Vermont's women's team.

Boys Basketball: Tigers win another thriller

Johnny Dittman (top) connected with Mackinly Bassett on a half-court
pass for the deciding points. Darren Beenken scored a team-high 14 points
(photos by Jim Lindquist)

In what has become almost predictable, the Tigers pulled out another heart-pounding win at Tiger Gym, this one a 45-44 Friday night victory over New Prague.

"The guys are starting to believe in themselves," Tiger coach Shane Wyandt said. "It's almost like they like being in that position. They like the pressure."

When the two teams played in New Prague last month the Trojans used their big size advantage and deadly three-point shooting to post a 55-37 victory. In the rematch the fired-up Tigers more than held their own on the glass and used a spread offense in the second half to control the ball and the clock.

Farmington took a slim 29-28 lead to intermission thanks to Darren Beenken's put-back at the buzzer and then changed gears and took the air out of the ball to start the second half.

"We have better guard play and holding the ball against their zone played to our strengths," Wyandt said. "Tharen (assistant coach Johnson) wanted us to hold on to it the rest of the game. I think it sent a message and we executed pretty well."

Beenken hit a three-pointer and Nick Varner hit from close range to open the second half and the Tigers went to their delay game, content to hold the ball near mid-court or patiently pass it when the Trojans extended their zone.

Farmington never trailed the rest of the way although the visitors tied the count once at 37-37. With 38 seconds to play the Tigers led by only one at 43-42 before pulling off the biggest play of the night.

With the ball at the New Prague baseline, Johnny Dittman hit a streaking Mackinley Bassett who had worked his way behind the New Prague press for an easy lay-up and the eventual game-deciding points.

"Mac set a pick and then released," Johnson said. "We told Johnny to throw it only if it was there, and fortunately for us, it was."

After a timeout, New Prague missed a three-pointer and then scored on a too-little, too-late rebound as time expired.

"I think this was a true team win," Wyandt said. "Everyone who played had an impact. This was a big one for us."

Beenken finished with a team-high 14 points as eight of the nine Farmington players who saw action scored. Bassett and Zach Speikers each finished with seven points and Varner added six.

Beenken's strong all-around game earned some extra words of praise from his coach.

"Darren was up-and-down early in the season," Wyandt said, "but he has been doing a lot of things for us lately. Not just scoring, but rebounding, drawing the other team's best scorer and being a leader. He's doing what captains do."

In addition to the obvious work of his players, Wyandt said there has been an unsung contributor, especially at home games. Namely, a raucous student crowd.

"They have really gotten into it and our guys play off that," he said. "The students, the pep band, the cheerleaders. We really appreciate the support."

The Tigers, who have now won three in a row and four of their last five, travel to league-leading Chanhassen Tuesday night and then entertain Red Wing Friday night in their regular season finale.

Girls Basketball: Trojans down cold-shooting Tigers 49-34

Taylor Meyer (bottom) and Isis Alexander
combined for 26 points
(photos by Jim Lindquist)

Farmington's shooting was a cold as the windchill factor Friday night in a 49-34 Missota Conference loss at New Prague.

The Tigers made just three of 31 (9.6 percent) first half shots and and finished with a season-low 12 points to trail by 10 at intermission.

"They were all good shots," Farmington coach Sondra Chadwick said, "but nothing was falling."

If the cold shooting wasn't enough to put a damper on the trip to New Prague, turnovers and foul trouble were.

"We turned the ball over 20 times and they had 19 free throws in the second half alone," Chadwick said.

The visitors did find the basket better after the break, hitting eight of 21 shots, but it wasn't nearly enough to slow the Trojans.

Taylor Meyer and Isis Alexander accounted for almost all of the Tiger offense with 14 and 12 points respectively. Point guard Sophia Chadwick, the team's second-leading scorer, missed the game because of the flu.

"I was pleased with our rebounding," coach Chadwick said, "especially Taylor Meyer, Allie Rice and Dava White."

Meyer pulled down a team-high nine rebounds and Alexander led in steals with four.

The Tigers find out this week who their first round opponent will be in next Wednesday's opening round game in the Section 1AA tournament.

"I am hoping we stay healthy and are able to go with a full squad," Chadwick said.

Boys Hockey: North ousts Tigers from section

by Nate Rowan

Jack Buss scored final goal of the season
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Lakeville North scored four second period goals and skated away from Farmington, 8-2, Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the section 1AA tournament at Ames Arena.

The Tigers (7-17-2) lost their final five games of the year, including Thursday’s game and only had 14 players in uniform for the opening face-off.

“We competed hard,” head coach Keith Revels said. “Had a couple non-hockey related incidents that shortened our roster even more than it was.”

Farmington got on the board first with a power play goal from senior Sean Johnson at 7:52 of the opening period. Jack Buss and Jordan Lugowski both earned assists. The Panthers would answer with two goals within 2:02 midway through the period to take a 2-1 lead into the break.

Connor Hyden netted two goals in a four-goal outburst in the second period by North as the Panthers took a commanding 6-1 lead to the final period.

Playing in his final game in a Tiger sweater, Jack Buss scored the final goal of Farmington’s season at 4:52 of the third. Dallas Tucker and Christopher Fitzgibbons were credited with assists. Two North power play goals capped the scoring.

The loss ends the Tigers’ season and the program says goodbye to five seniors, including goaltender Victor Simones who made 50 saves in his final game. At the beginning of the season, 11 seniors were listed on the roster.

“We’ve certainly had our share of adversity for one season.” Revels said. “The seniors that made it through the year played hard in their final outing.”

“Pretty good club they have over there (North) that competes well with a tough conference schedule. One would expect an all Lakeville final once again.”

24 February 2012

Tiger Scoreboard: Februaray 25, 2012

Boys Basketball
Farmington 45 New Prague 44

Girls Basketball
New Prague 49 Farmington 34

Boys Swimming: Relay team sets school record in section preliminaries

Conner Kealy, Zachary Holton, Christopher Kirchmann and Aaron Lane
celebrate their win at the Section 1AA preliminaries

Farmington broke a school record in the 400 freestyle relay and had 11 individuals and two other relay teams qualify for the championship finals at the Section 1AA swimming and diving preliminaries held Thursday in Rochester.

The relay foursome of Conner Kealy, Zach Holton, Aaron Lane and Christopher Kirchmann led the field and finished in 3:20.81 to eclipse the former school mark of 3:23.50 set in 2006 by Drew Dickison, Tom Fischer, Erik Huls and Devon Meeks.

Individual qualifiers for the championship finals (top eight):
200 freestyle: Holton and Kealy
200 individual medley: Lane
50 freestyle: Kirchmann
One-meter diving: Evan Carufel and Jonathan Bovee
100 butterfly: Holton
100 freestyle: Kirchmann and Kealy
100 backstroke: Lane
100 breaststroke: Nick Stephan

The 200 freestyle relay foursome of Mitch Haugen, Christian Bell, Bradley Dow and Daniel Berg and the 200 medley relay quartet of Stephan, Dahlton Bell, Tyler Lerbakken and Christian Bell also advanced.

23 February 2012

22 February 2012

Girls Basketball: Tigers fall to Chaska 79-62

Isis Alexander
Season-high 19 points
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Chaska used its its strong inside game and a 41-27 rebounding advantage to score a 79-62 Missota Conference win over the Tigers Tuesday night at Tiger Gym.

The loss dropped the Tigers to 4-9 in conference play (6-18 overall) while the Hawks improved to 8-5 (11-14).

"That was a game that was within reach until about five minutes left when Chaska went on a 21-7 run," Tiger coach Sondra Chadwick said. "The girls played great up until that point, but we appeared to run out of steam...Chaska had a big height advantage, but our girls need to be more aggressive about getting good position."

The first half provided entertaining play at both end of the floor, matching Chaska's low post game with Farmington's outside shooting. The Tigers made five-three pointers, two by Isis Alexander, before intermission to go to the break tied at 39-39.

Dava White's two free throws to start the second half gave the home team a short-lived lead before the visitors began to pull away, sealing the deal with their strong closing run. Farmington made just eight of 32 second half shots from the field.

The Tigers had three players score in double figures, led by Alexander's season-high 19 points. Mariah Mincke added 13 and Sofia Chadwick checked in with 10 points, four assists and three steals. Taylor Meyer led the rebounding effort with eight.

The contest marked the last home performance for seven seniors: Alexander, Mincke, Meyer, Dava White, Gaby White, Allie Rice and Desiree Loftus.

"All of these girls have had great careers and we wish them all the best in their futures," Chadwick said. "We will certainly miss them."

The Tigers close the 2011-12 regular season Friday night with a road contest at New Prague. Section 1AAAA play begins next week.

Boys Basketball: Two in a row

Nick Varner (top) and Darren Beenken
combined for 34 points vs. Chaska
(photos by Jim Lindquist)

When Farmington hosted Chaska last month at Tiger Gym the Hawks dominated the glass on the way to a 76-65 victory.

In Tuesday night's rematch in Chaska the Tigers held their own on the boards and the result was a hard-fought 62-58 win.

"It was a bloodbath out there," Tiger coach Shane Wyandt said. "There were guys on the floor from both sides all night. They (Chaska) were very physical again but we did a good job of sticking with them."

Farmington finished with a 31-29 advantage on the glass in a contest where the teams shot just a combined 20 free throws despite the physical play.

The game was as close as the final scored indicated with the visitors leading by 33-31 at the half. Both teams held leads in the second half but never by more than six points.

In the closing minutes Nick Varner broke a 55-all tie with a basket in the paint and a possession later Mackinley Bassett scored in traffic for a four-point lead.

Farmington led by a bucket with 3.5 seconds remaining when Darren Beenken was fouled and made two free throws to ice the Tigers' second straight win.

Bennken finished with 18 points and Varner had 16 to pace the Farmington offense. Bassett added nine points and Jake Hanson chipped in with six.

The Tigers helped themselves by hitting 25 of 45 shots from the floor for 55 percent while holding Chaska to 37 percent shooting.

"We played more man-to-man than we did the first time we played them," Wyandt said, "and we did a good job of contesting shots."

Farmington (5-6) will try to extend its Missota Conference winning streak to three games Friday night when its entertains New Prague (7-4) at Tiger Gym. Tip-off is set for 7:30.

Tiger Scoreboard: February 22, 2012

Boys Basketball
Farmington 62 Chaska 58

Girls Basketball
Chaska 79 Farmington 62

20 February 2012

Boys Hockey: Tigers end regular season; face North in Section 1AA opener

Blake Weinand (top) 6th goal of the season vs. Rosemount;
Victor Simones 59 saves in final two games
(photos by Jim Lindquist)

The Tigers closed out their regular season schedule last week with back-to-back 5-1 losses to Red Wing and Rosemount. The defeats left Farmington with a final record of 7-16-2.

Thursday at Schmitz-Maki Arena the visiting Wingers scored once in the first period and twice more in the second to build a 3-0 advantage.

Ryan Schoening gave the home team life with an unassisted goal 6:17 into the final period but the visitors responded with two lightning quick scores in the next 41 seconds to put the game away.

Red Wing outshot Farmington 33-24 in the contest with Tiger netminder Victor Simones finishing with 28 saves.

Saturday's matinee at Rosemount followed much the same story line when after a scoreless first period the Irish struck for two quick scores in the second to take a lead they would never surrender.

Blake Weinand's sixth goal of the season (from Jack Buss and Jake Eldred) cut the deficit to 2-1 but Rosemount countered with a score late in the period and two more in the third to seal the victory.

Simones had another busy night between the pipes with 31 more saves. The Irish outshot the Tigers 36-36, including an 18-9 edge in the pivotal second period.

Farmington received the seventh seed for the Section 1AA tournament and will open post-season play Thursday night against second-seeded Lakeville North at Ames Arena in Lakeville. Face-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

19 February 2012

Tiger Scoreboard: February 19, 2012

Section 2AAA Team Tournament
Farmington 66 Bloomington Jefferson 18
Lakeville North 45 Farmington 28

Boys Hockey
Rosemount 5 Farmington 1

18 February 2012

Wrestling: Tigers go 1-1 in Section 2AAA

Jacob Gabbard (bottom right) and Joe Hoeve (top left) both 2-0 at section
(photos by Jim Lindquist)

Farmington won its first section team match in more than a decade before falling to Lakeville North 45-28 in the Section 2AAA quarterfinals Saturday in Farmington.

The sixth-seeded Tigers routed No. 11 Bloomington Jefferson 66-18 in their opening round match.

"We had some guys wrestle really well against North and get bonus points for us," Tiger coach Chad Olson said. "Jake Gabbard, Matt Rustad and Bret Hoffman all won by fall, and three weeks ago against the same team none of them did. It was great to see them improve.

"Just like the first time we wrestled them, the difference was we lost eight matches and seven of them were by fall. We can't give up six points every time we get beat."

In the opening round win over Jefferson, the Tigers picked up 54 of their 68 points via nine forfeits. The on-mat winners included John Walz (126) and Daoda Louis-Dupay who each scored six-point falls.

In addition to the pins by Gabbard, Rustad and Hoffman against Lakeville, Joe Hoeve scored a major decision at 152 lbs. and Walz and Jake Rudeen (138) earned three-point decisions.

Tiger standout Taylor Venz lost a tough 5-3 overtime decision to state-ranked Collin Degramnont in the 106 lbs. bout.

The loss eliminated Farmington from section team competition. The Section 2AA individual tournament is scheduled for next weekend in Shakopee.

Girls Basketball: Northfield's size too much for Tigers

Sofia Chadwick (top) and Isis Alexander combined for 32 points
(photos by Jim Lindquist)

Northfield used its big size advantage on the front line to defeat the Tigers 47-44 in a Missota Conference game Friday night in Northfield.

The Raider front court scored 37 of its team's 47 points and had the Tigers battling foul trouble the entire game.

"We had three players foul out and they (Northfield) made 28 of 37 free throws," Tiger coach Sondra Chadwick said. "They are very tall and we had trouble controlling them in the paint."

The Raiders led 27-22 at intermission and although the Tigers came back to to take a 32-31 lead with 7:22 remaining, they could never quite contend with Northfield's size advantage.

The outcome overshadowed a strong performance by the Tiger starting back court of freshman Sofia Chadwick and senior Isis Alexander who combined for 32 points. Chadwick netted 18 for the second straight game and Alexander finished with 14.

The Raiders held Farmington's all-conference forward Taylor Meyer to a season-low six points and six rebounds. Allie Rice led the Tiger effort on the glass with nine rebounds off the bench.

The Tigers also had a sub-par night shooting the ball, connecting on just 13 of 54 tries for 24 percent.

"Even with the foul trouble and the cold shooting this shows that we are competitive," Chadwick said. "We'll be focusing on executing as we gear up for our final two conference games and the section tournament."

The Tigers close out their regular season next week with a Tuesday night home game with Chaska and a Friday night road encounter at New Prague.

Gymnastics: Lorencz headed back to state

Nadia Lorencz
State meet qualifier in 3 events and all-around

Junior Nadia Lorencz is headed back to state Class AA gymnastics meet, this time in three events and the all-around competition.

Lorenz, who placed 10th in vault at state last winter, won the vault with a school record 9.725 effort, tied for second in floor exercise (9.525) and tied for third on the balance beam (9.15) at Thursday's Section 3AA Championships in Cottage Grove to punch her return ticket to state. Her 37.0 points ranked third in the all-around standings.

"We are very excited for Nadia," coach Lynn Bauman said. "Her performance at sections was top notch with the exception of the bars where she had an unusual fall. But she was able to come back to the beam and hold it together."

Even with the fall, Lorencz managed an eighth place finish on bars. Kiana Lord placed in two events at the section meet, taking sixth in vault and seventh in floor. Kylie Wharton tied for sixth on beam and finished seventh on bars.

Host Park won the section team title with 144.45 points, followed by East Ridge 143.85, Farmington 139.6, Rosemount 138.95, Eagan 136.9, Hastings 131.475, Woodbury 128.025 and Henry Sibley 107.975.

"It wasn't our best day, but we gave our best," Bauman said. "I know the girls were saddened because they felt they could have done better.

"But we know in gymnastics you get one chance and you hope for the best. I am proud of all the girls and the successes they have had this season."

Lorenz moves on to compete against the state's top gymnasts Saturday evening at the Sport Pavilion at the University of Minnesota.

Boys Basketball: Tigers outlast Raiders 83-75 in double overtime

Darren Beenken 18 points
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Nick Varner hit a three-pointer at the end of regulation to force overtime and Daren Beenken scored seven points in the second extra session to give the Tigers an 83-75 win over Northfield Thursday night at Tiger Gym.

The Missota Conference victory gave Farmington a rare season sweep of the its neighbor to the south.

"You can pick your cliche," Tiger coach Shane Wyandt said, "but you really can throw the records away when we play them. Every game seems to go down to the wire."

After the Raiders jumped to an early 10-3 lead, the contest became a back-and-forth affair until the visitors closed the half on another 10-3 run to build a 36-29 lead.

"Our defensive intensity the first half wasn't there," Wyandt said. "They were cutting where they wanted to and getting the first rebound...We know that to be successful we have to control our defensive glass and get the ball out in transition."

The defense got better in the second half but the Raiders still looked to be in control with a five-point lead with 40 seconds to play. But then Johnny Dittman and Mackinley Bassett scored back-to-back baskets to cut the deficit to one.

Nick Varner 9 points, 18 rebounds
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Northfield's Eric Shepley hit two free throws with 8.5 seconds in regulation to set the stage for Varner's game-tying three, his first of the season, with less than a second to play.

"Nick has a good outside shot," Wyandt said, "but you hate to cut it that close."

Farmington had its chances in the first four-minute overtime but went just 1-4 from the foul line to end the period in a 69-69 tie.

Beenken scored the first four points of the second extra session as the Tigers eventually built their lead to nine points. Farmington won it at the charity stripe, hitting eight of 11 chances in the period.

"It all came down to defensive intensity and rebounding," Wyandt said. "When we do those two things we have been very hard to beat."

The win was truly a team effort with four players scoring in double figures. Bassett had 19 off the bench to lead the way. Beenken was right behind with 18. Freshman Zach Speikers netted 17 and Alex Chadwick chimed in with 14 in a reserve role.

Varner finished with nine points and a game-high 18 rebounds and Dittman, Eli Rockett, Jake Hanson and Tom Sell all contributed quality minutes.

"This was a big win for us not only in the conference but for the section," Wyandt said. "They (Northfield) have a better head-to-head record against some of the teams we are chasing in the section. We needed this."

Tuesday the Tigers head to Chaska for another Missota Conference match-up. Friday they return to Tiger Gym to entertain New Prague.

Tiger Scoreboard: February 18, 2012

Girls Basketball
Northfield 47 Farmington 44

16 February 2012

Tiger Scoreboard: February 17, 2012

Boys Basketball
Farmington 83 Northfield 75 (2OT)

Boys Hockey
Red Wing 5 Farmington 1

Section 3AA Championships at Cottage Grove
Farmington 3rd place with a team score of 139.6
Nadia Lorencz qualified for the Class AA state meet in vault, balance beam, floor exercise and all-around

15 February 2012

Boys Basketball: Stars pay back Tigers 63-46

Mackinley Bassett 13 points
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Farmington made the plays down the stretch in a 70-67 win over Holy Angels last month in a thrilling game at Tiger Gym. Tuesday night's Missota Conference rematch in Richfield held no such excitement.

The game was tight for most of the first half with the Stars draining three free throws after an ill-timed Tiger foul with two seconds to play to take a 34-27 halftime lead.

"When we played them the first time we stuck to our game plan and kept our composure," Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said. "This game we unraveled when things didn't go our way.

"Defensively, we got away from our fundamentals. Our transition defense was as bad as it has been all season."

The Stars started to pull away shortly after intermission and the Tigers could do nothing offensively, finishing the second half with just 16 points.

Mackinley Bassett returned from a knee injury and scored a team-high 13 points for Farmington. Darren Beenken and Nick Varner each chipped in with nine. Varner had three of Farmington's seven blocked shots.

The Tigers turned the ball over 17 times and hurt themselves at the foul line, cashing in on just 10 of 22 tries.

Farmington will have just two days to get its game back on track as Northfield comes to Tiger Gym Thursday for a game with major conference and section implications.

"This is a big game for us," Wyandt said. "It's a conference game but it is also against a section team and there are a lot of teams with similar records in the section. This will go along way in deciding how we get seeded for the tournament."

Boys Hockey: Chanhassen clinches Missota title with 8-2 win over Tigers

by Nate Rowan

Kevin Olund
7th goal of the season
(photo by Jim Lindquist)
by Nate Rowan

Chanhassen scored four second period goals and rolled over Farmington, 8-2, Tuesday night in Chanhassen to claim its first-ever Missota Conference championship.

The Tigers (7-14-2, 4-8-1) were outshot 60-19 for the game and mustered just eight shots in the first and third periods combined.

“Chanhassen has a very good senior-loaded team,” head coach Keith Revels said. “The effort was there but the execution was not.”

“We spent a lot of time in our own end and they made us pay. We had trouble breaking out puck and keeping track of open players in the slot.”

Farmington netted their first goal in the second period to make it 3-1 Storm. Sean Johnson picked up the goal and Blake Weinand earned the assist. Kevin Olund added the second at 16:00 of the second period. Jack Erickson and Jack Buss picked up assists on the final Tiger goal of the game.

Victor Simones made 52 saves for Farmington. Connor Kelly netted a hat trick to pace Chanhassen.

“We will try to regroup with a couple of winnable games this week before sections seeding,” Revels said.

Farmington wraps up its regular season home schedule on Thursday as they host Red Wing in the final conference game of the year. The Tigers will then travel to Rosemount on Saturday to wrap up the regular season. Section seeding will be released on Sunday. Thursday’s contest begins at 7:15 p.m. while Saturday’s tilt begins at 3 p.m.

Cheerleaders claim state and national titles

Kelsey King (left) and Meagan Peterson display
2012 Wow Factor Novice Division I championship banner

The Farmington High School Tiger Elite cheerleading team stepped onto a couple of big stages the past two weekends and brought home a pair of championships for their efforts.

On January 28th the girls traveled to the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul where they won the Minnesota Cheerleading Coaches Association (MCCA) Novice Division I title.

2012 MCCA Division I Novice champions

Also at the state competition, Cheryl Wetterlind and Meagan Peterson of the FHS football Tiger Cheer Team were selected to the MCCA Honor Team of Excellence based on their display of leadership skills and academic excellence.

Farmington Elite Stunt Team-3rd Place

Last weekend the Tiger Elite team ventured to the Minneapolis Convention Center to compete in the 2012 WOW Factor Nationals and again led the field in the Novice Division I division.

In a addition to the national team title, a five-person Farmington entry--Alexis Presse, Ashley Fogarty, Jenna Hensley, Tori Crenshaw and Marissa Opp--ranked third in the Stunt Team competition.

The Tiger Elite team began its competitive season after the fall football season and started its schedule in November. It finished first in three straight Novice Division I competitions and then placed second and fourth in a pair at the Medium Varsity Division level before the state and national meets.

"It has been a great competition season and we are already looking forward to next year," coach Nancy Stein said.

Team members include Aleah Williamson, Alexis Preese, Ashley Fogarty, Brianna Leonard, Cassidy Jelen, Dominique Stokes-Sparks, Heather Torkelson, Jenna Hensley, Kelsey King, Marra Tietz, Marrisa Opp, Meagan Peterson, Raelyn Ruby, Sarah Burke, Tori Crenshaw and manager Ali Rydberg.

Girls Basketball: Tigers handle Holy Angels 63-46

Taylor Meyer (top) 20 points, 7 rebounds
Sofia Chadwick 18 points, 7 assists
(photos by Jim Lindquist)

Taylor Meyer and Sofia Chadwick combined for 38 points to pace the Tigers to a 63-46 Missota Conference win over Holy Angels Tuesday night at Tiger Gym.

The victory raised Farmington's conference record to 4-7. The Tigers are 5-7 in their past 12 games after a shaky 1-9 start.

"It was a nice win for the girls," coach Sondra Chadwick said. "We shot well as a team and took care of the ball.

"We had three players score in double-figures and played some of the best interior defense that we’ve played all season."

The Tigers led just 9-5 six minutes into the contest but finished the half on 27-18 run to build a 36-23 lead at intermission.

Meyer scored 20 points to lead all scorers and also pulled down seven rebounds. Chadwick was right behind with 18 markers and a team-high seven assists.

Mariah Mincke also cracked double figures with 10 points and Abby Gallus chipped in with seven off the bench.

The collapsing Farmington defense limited Stars center Kate Banovetz to just five points, half of her season average.

The winners also helped themselves by taking care of the basketball, finishing with just nine turnovers. Included in their 47 percent shooting was a 4 for 6 night from behind the three-point arc.

Next up for the Tigers is a Friday trip to Northfield for a Missota Conference contest.

"We will work even harder this week to prepare for Northfield," Chadwick said. "This is an important game for us. We need it to improve our section seeding"

The Tigers edged the Raiders 47-44 when the two teams met last month at Tiger Gym.

14 February 2012

Tiger Scoreboard: February 15, 2012

Girls Basketball
Farmington 63 Holy Angels 46

Boys Basketball
Holy Angels 63 Farmington 46

Boys Hockey
Chanhassen 8 Farmington 2

Boys Swimming: Kirhmann, Carufel Missota champions; Tigers finish second

(top to bottom)
Christopher Kirchmann, 2 firsts, 2 seconds;
Evan Carufel first, sixth;
Aaron Lane 3 seconds, third;
Zach Holton 2 seconds, third, fifth

Christopher Kirchmann won the 50 and 100 freestyle races and Evan Carufel topped the one-meter diving leader board to help the Tigers to a second place finish at the Missota Conference Championships held Saturday, Feb. 11, in Northfield.

"We had some phenomenal swims and our depth was what kept us so close to first," Tiger coach Ryan Hamen said.

"We unfortunately were disqualified in the breaststroke and lost a backstroker due to illness so two possible swims did not earn any points. After reviewing those, we would have been a much closer second place."

Kirchmann had a big day for the Tigers, winning the two individual events and anchoring two second place relay teams (200 freestyle and 400 freestyle).

Carufel displayed his versatility by adding a sixth place finish in the 50 freestyle to his diving championship.

Aaron Lane racked up three seconds and a third, including runner-up finishes in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke. He also swam a leg on the 200 freestyle and the 200 medley relays.

Zach Holton had his fingerprints on four top-five finishes. He took third in the 100 butterfly and fifth in the 200 freestyle and also swam on the second place 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams.

Conner Kealy swam a leg on the both of the runner-up relay teams and also ranked eighth in the 100 freestyle and ninth in the 200 freestyle.

Nick Stephan was third in the 100 breaststroke, swam a leg on the third place 200 medley relay team and finished eighth in the 200 individual medley. Aaron Cochnauer scored third place points in the 200 individual medley and placed fourth in the 100 butterfly.

Cameron Molnmar turned in a trio of top ten finishes: sixth in the 50 freestyle and 500 freestyle and eighth in the 100 backstroke

Christian Bell and Tyler Lerbakken joined Lane and Stephan in the 200 medley relay. Lerbakken was ninth in the 100 butterfly.

Other top ten Farmington finishes:
200 freestyle: 10. Derek Anderson
100 butterfly: 7. Brandon Dion
100 backstroke: 10. Garrett Haugen
100 breaststroke: Spencer Kabran

With the conference meet now behind them the Tigers next turn their attention to the Section 1AA Championships scheduled for Feb. 23 and Feb. 25 in Rochester.

"I am real excited to get to sections," Hamen said. "The boys will start their end- of-the-season workouts in hopes they can feel and be stronger for their final races."

12 February 2012

Tiger Scoreboard: February 12, 2011

Boys Swimming and Diving
Missota Conference Championships at Northfield
Chaska/Chanhassen 469, Farmington 441, Red Wing 407, Northfield 302, Shakopee 239

11 February 2012

Gymnastics: Lorencz shines at conference meet; Tigers finish third

Nadia Lorencz
1st in floor and vault (tie)
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Nadia Lorencz tied for first in vault and broke her coach's school record in winning floor exercise to help the Tigers to a third place finish at the Missota Conference Championships held Friday night at the Northfield Gymnastics Club.

Defending Class AA state and conference champion Northfield dominated the competition with 150.6 points. New Prague ranked second at 146.15, followed by Farmington 140.95, Chaska/Chanhassen 136.45 and Red Wing 126.2.

Lorencz scored 9.575 to top the vaulting score sheet and then garnered 9.8 in floor to break coach Lynn (Gramentz) Bauman's previous school mark set in 1991. Lorencz also placed sixth on the uneven bars with a mark of 9.175. Her meet total of 36.45 points was fourth in the all-around standings

"Wow"," Bauman said. "Nadia's floor performance was definitely the highlight of the night."

Kiana Lord scored 9.625 in floor exercise to finish second and also ranked eighth in vaulting (9.175). Lord totaled 35.75 points and placed fifth in all-around.

Kylie Wharton was the only other Tiger to crack the top ten, placing eighth in floor with a score of 9.1.

Although the Tigers broke the 140-point barrier and finished third as a team, Gramentz said it could have done better if not for a sub-par showing on the balance beam.

"We struggled with connections and had a couple of falls," she said. "If we can pull together our beam we will be golden."

Next up for the Tigers is the Section 3AA Championship meet scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16 at Park of Cottage Grove. One team and top-scoring individuals from that competition advance to the Class AA state meet the following weekend.

"We're looking forward to it," Bauman said.

Girls Basketball: Tigers flat in loss to Sabers

Taylor Meyer
Team-high 15 points
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

After several recent quality starts the Tigers came out flat in a 53-38 loss Friday night in Shakopee.

Farmington (5-16; 3-7) shot just 31 percent from the floor and managed only 16 rebounds in dropping its third straight Missota Conference game.

"This was a frustrating loss," coach Sondra Chadwick said. "The girls simply did not show up to play. We showed little energy and let Shakopee have too many wide open looks.

"We will need to bounce back from this loss in order to finish strong these last few weeks, and that includes picking up the intensity in practice."

The Sabers held the visitors to only 18 first half points in building an 11-point halftime lead and things didn't go much better for the Tigers after intermission.

Taylor Meyer scored 15 points to top the Farmington scorering charts. Sofia Chadwick added seven points and led in rebounds and assists with four apiece.

Gabby White suffered season-ending elbow injury
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Senior guard Gabby White, who contributed four steals off the bench, suffered a dislocated elbow, an injury that will keep her sidelined the remainder of the season.

"Gabby has had a great senior season and we will miss her energy on the court," Chadwick said.

The Tigers will try to get back on the winning track Tuesday (Feb. 14), when they entertain Holy Angels at Tiger Gym. Tip-off is 7:30.

10 February 2012

Boys Basketball: Speikers sparks Tigers to 48-45 win over Shakopee

Freshman Zach Speikers career-high 15 points
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Freshman guard Zach Speikers scored all of his team-high 15 points in the second half as the Tigers overcame a a four-point halftime deficit to defeat Shakopee 48-45 Friday night at Tiger Gym.

Speikers drained five of six second half shots and at one point scored 15 straight Farmington points as the Tigers clawed their way out of a 33-28 hole.

"We know Zach is a scorer," Tiger coach Shane Wyandt said. "It's been a matter of gaining confidence at playing at this level.

"You could see it in his eyes when he made that first three. After that it was a matter of running sets to get him the ball."

Nick Varner's put-back with 4:30 to play gave Farmington its first lead of the second half at 44-43. The stingy Tiger defense allowed just one basket the rest of the way and that came with fewer than 20 seconds to play.

"I thought going in that defense, rebounding and stopping them from getting out in transition would be key," Wyandt said. "I thought we played with a lot of energy tonight. When we rebound we can be pretty good."

Sophomore Nick Varner (center) 2 free throws with 25 seconds to play
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

The Tigers made it interesting down the stretch, making just four of nine free throws in the final minute.

"I could have been breathing a lot easier if we'd made a few more of those," Wyandt said.

Farmington still wasn't nearly at full strength. According to Wyandt, Varner (six points) was playing at 90 percent and Darren Beenken (8 points) at about 85 percent capacity because of ankle issues. Mackinley Bassett (knee) was dressed but didn't play and Austin Bassett was in street clothes with yet a knee injury.

To add to the injury woes, senior co-captain Jake Hanson had to leave the game with a shoulder problem in the second half and did not return.

Sophomore Eli Rockett battles for a rebound
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Wyandt said he is hoping his team will be healthier next week when it plays two more Missota Conference games, Tuesday at Holy Angels and Thursday at home against Northfield.

"We want to build some momentum heading toward the section," he said. "The top three seeds may be locked up but we have a shot at the fourth spot and we've shown we can play with two of the top three (Owatonna and Rochester Century)."

Tiger Scoreboard: Februray 11, 2012

Boys Basketball
Farmington 48 Shakopee 45

Girls Basketball
Shakopee 53 Farmington 38

Missota Conference Meet
Northfield 150.6, New Prague 146.15, Farmington 140.95, Chaska/Chanhassen 136.45, Red Wing 126.225

Boys Hockey: No overtime pay for Tigers

Victor Simones (top) 37 saves
Jack Erickson goal, assist
(photos by Jim Lindquist)

It was deja vu all over again for the Tigers in a 3-2 overtime loss to New Prague Thursday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena.

The loss marked the third time in four outings Farmington has played extra minutes only to come out on the short end of a 3-2 count.

"The ever-elusive third goal would have been the game-winner again," coach Keith Revels said. "We're still undefeated (7-0) with three goals scored."

"I believe the count is at eight one-goal losses now. The boys played very hard and again gave themselves a chance to win. I'm beginning to sound like a broken record."

The hardest part of the most recent loss was that the Tigers held the lead for much of the night. The home team drew first blood on Jack Erickson's first period score and then went up 2-0 on Grant Hauswirth's (from Erickson and Dan Block) goal early in the second.

New Prague countered with a goal late in the second and tied the score midway through the third. The Trojans' Cody Meyer scored the game-winner shorthanded 4:39 into the extra eight-minute session.

"We had a 5-on-3 power play," Revels said, "and just as the first penalty expired they got loose on a 2-on-1 break and beat Victor (Simones) top shelf."

The game-winner spoiled another quality performance in the nets by Simones who finished with 37 saves.

"With all the narrow defeats, we are having trouble playing with confidence late in games," Revels said. "It's been really tough on everyone."

The Tigers (7-13-2) close their regular season with a busy three-game schedule: Tuesday (Feb. 14) at Chanhassen, Thursday at home versus Red Wing and Saturday afternoon at Rosemount.

Girls Hockey: Season ends at Dodge County

Jessica Erchul
29 saves in final game
(photo by Jim Lindquist)

Goals were hard to come by during the regular season and the scoring drought continued in the playoffs as the Tigers lost 3-0 to Dodge County in the Section 1AA quarterfinals Wednesday night in Kasson.

Dodge County broke a scoreless tie with a second period goal and then added two in the final frame, including an empty net score in the final minute.

"We played pretty well, actually," coach Jon Holmes said. "I almost slipped and fell after the game because the ice was so clean in our defensive end. That is a true testament to how we did not give up and kept it in their end for the majority of the third period.

"The same thing that plagued us for much of the season plagued us against Dodge County by not being able to put the puck away. We had our chances and looks, but we just did not convert."

The winners outshot Farmington by a dominant 32-16, including a 24-10 bulge over the first two periods.

The game was the final in a Farmington uniform for four seniors: Betsy Anderson, Katie Burgess, Molly Friedlund and goalie Jessica Erchul who patrolled the Tiger nets for four years.

"Erch played well again and kept us in the game with a few huge saves early," Holmes said. "As I said earlier in the season, I've yet to coach a game in high school hockey that we've won without scoring a goal."

The loss left the Tigers with a final mark of 9-16-0.

Wrestling: Tigers spank Aggies 57-18

John Walz
Won decision in the 138-pound match

Farmington closed out its dual meet season with a lopsided 57-18 non-conference win over St. Agnes Thursday night in St. Paul.

More than half of the Tiger point total came via six-point falls with Matt Rustad (120 lbs.); Chris McCue (145); Ridge Raddatz (152); Joe Hoeve (160); Trevor Breezley (170) and Tyler Engel each pinning their opponent.

John Walz scored a three-point decision in the 138-pound bout and Taylor Venz (106); Jacob Gabbard (113) and Brian Caravantes (126) each won by forfeit.

Despite the one-sided win, Farmington coach Chad Olson said his team, hampered by illness and injury the past couple of weeks, still has a lot of preparation ahead for the post-season.

"We still are not at full strength," he said. "The illness bug claimed wrestlers No. 10 and No. 11 in the last week."

The Tigers have eight days to get get healthy before they host the Section 2AAA team tournament on Saturday, Feb. 18. The section individual tournament is slated for Feb. 24-25 at Shakopee.

Tiger Scoreboard: February 10, 2012

Boys Hockey
New Prague 3 Farmington 2 (OT)

Farmington 57 St. Agnes 18

08 February 2012

Tiger Scoreboard: February 9, 2012

Girls Hockey
Section 1AA Quarterfinals
Dodge County 3 Farmington 0

Boys Hockey: Buss, Peterson lead Tigers past Chaska 6-2

Jack Buss (top) and Andrew Peterson
2 goals apiece vs. Chaska
(photos by Jim Lindquist)

Jack Buss and Andrew Peterson scored two goals each Monday night as Farmington cruised over Chaska, 6-2.

The Tigers (7-12-2, 4-6-1) added multiple goals in each period and scored on two of their first four shots.

“We played pretty well,” head coach Keith Revels said. “We opened things up in the second [by] putting 17 shots at the net.”

In that second period, Farmington held Chaska to six shots on goal and held a 32-26 advantage for the game. Victor Simones made 24 saves.

Buss opened the scoring with a power play tally at 6:44 of the first. Ryan Schoening earned the lone assist. Peterson scored 15 seconds later to extend the lead. Sean Brewers cut the Hawks deficit in half at 10:54 as the Tigers took a 2-1 lead to the first intermission.

Brady Roers tied the score just 1:38 into the second period with a power play goal. Buss scored his second of the game at 10:24. Dallas Tucker and Kevin Olund picked up assists on Buss’ game-winning marker. Jack Erickson scored roughly three minutes later with help from Grant Hauswirth as Farmington took a two-goal advantage to the second break.

Olund added a goal at 5:10 of the final period and Tucker picked up the only assist. 34 seconds later, Peterson added his second goal of the game. Blake Weinand and Jordan Lugowski picked up assists on the final goal of the contest.

After two-straight games of little time in the penalty box, Farmington spent 17 minutes in the sin-bin as a team including having to kill off a five-minute major in the third period. Chaska was 1-for-6 on the power play in the game.

“We are hoping to continue to play well defensively,” Revels said.

Farmington hosts New Prague Thursday at 7:15 p.m. at Schmitz-Maki Arena.