27 December 2013

Boys Hockey: Big third period saves Tigers

Erik Holmstrom scored his first goal of the season
Farmington scored three unanswered goals in the third period to defeat host Simley in the opening round of the four-team, round-robin Simley Holiday Tournament Thursday night at Veterans' Arena.

"If good teams find a way to win when things are not going their way, than we must have something," coach Keith Revels said. " It was a good test for us to play through some adversity and find a way to win."

Part of the adversity to which Revels referred was the depletion of his defensive corps to injury and illness. Tyler Jette got sick during warm-ups and Devin Bernu left the game with an injured knee in the first period.

Blue line regulars Erik Holmstrom, Benton Olson and Alex Aubrecht saw a lot of ice time with forwards John Siebenaler and Jack Erickson also logging some defensive duty.

The other problem the Tigers faced was self-inflicted and came in the form of seven minor penalties, including four straight in the second period when Simley pulled even at 3-3.

The Tiger penalty kill skated off five man-short situations, including two 5-on-3 situations, but the Spartans did score two of their three goals while playing with a man-advantage.

Holmstrom, Justin Novak and Tanner Grubb scored Farmington's third period goals helped up the Tigers' season record to 6-3-1.

Siebenaler, Jake Trippel and Grady Hauswirth netted the other Tiger goals as nine Farmington players found their way into the scoring column. Erickson, Grubb, Hauswirth, Aubrecht and Olson each had assists for the winners.

The Tigers outshot Simley by a wide 31-15 margin, including a 26-11 bulge over the first two periods.

Gage Overby picked up his sixth win of the season with a 12-save performance in the Tiger nets.

Today the Tigers return to Veterans' Arena to take on Cambridge-Isanti, a 5-0 loser to Albert Lea in the opening round.