|Brendon Berg eight goals on eight shots (photo by Jim Lindquist)|
During the regular season eked out a 12-11 win when the teams met in Rochester. Monday night at Tiger Stadium, it was another nail-biter with the eighth-seeded Tigers pulling out a 10-9 victory over the No. 9 seeded Rockets in the opening round of the Section 3 tournament.
The win, the first-ever in post-season play for Farmington, advanced the home team to a quarterfinal match-up Friday night at top-seeded Eastview.
"The difference this time was our staying out of the penalty box and man-short situations," Tiger coach Paul Sorensen said. "Also, our guys on defense stepped up to take on a more physical style that seemed to help quite a bit."
It didn't hurt either that attacker Brendon Berg had a career night, scoring goals, connecting on all eight of his shots, to dominate the game offensively. Trevor Howard and Matt Ackerman garnered the other scores for the winners.
|Trevor Howard goal, 3 assists (photo by Jim Lindquist)|
The Tigers led only 5-4 at intermission but looked to be in control of the outcome when they took a four-goal lead into the final period.
"Give credit to John Marshall," Sorensen said. "They played hard all 48 minutes. They have a gutty team."
Friday's match-up with Eastview that will present a whole new set of challenges for Sorensen's 8-5 team.
"Our D poles are growing up fast," he said, "and they will face two of the best attack men in the state with Eastview. We look forward to the challenge."