18 December 2013

Boys Hockey: Irish snap Tiger win streak

Justin Novak assisted on both Farmington goals (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Farmington won the battle of the shots but lost the scoreboard war by a decisive 8-2 Tuesday night at Rosemount Arena.

The non-conference loss dropped the Tigers' season mark to 5-3 and snapped a four-game winning string for coach Keith Revels' squad.

"Our forwards didn't finish on many scoring opportunities or provide support on our back check, Revels said. "The defense had its share of miscues and poor decisions and our goaltenders had a combined save percentage below 74 percent

"Add those things up and the end result is a running-time loss despite out shooting the opponent 44-31. That's a pretty rare occurrence."

The Irish led 2-0 after one period and then extended their lead with an early score in the second frame.

The Tiger made it a game with back-to-back goals midway through the second on scores by John Siebenaler and Austin Martinsen but the Irish would score the next five to win going away.

Justin Novak earned an assist on Siebenaler's power play goal. Novak and Tyler Jette recorded assists on Martinsen's score.

Gage Overby started in the nets for the Tigers and surrendered the first six goals. John Seurer came on in relief and gave up the final two Irish scores.

"We have another 18 hours or so to be disappointed before traveling to play the defending Missota Conference champs (New Prague) on Thursday," Revels said.

The Trojans are 4-1-1 through their first six games this season.