08 December 2013

Boys Hockey: Tigers complete Rochester sweep

Jake Trippel has scored 5 points in his past 3 games (photo by Jim Lindquist)

When seeding for the Section 1AA post-season takes place in February, the Tigers should get some support from the three member Rochester schools.

Farmington (4-2) won its third game of the week with a 4-3 win at Mayo Saturday night to complete a clean sweep of the Rochester schools. Coach Keith Revels' squad downed John Marshall 4-3 in its season opener and handed Rochester Century an 8-3 setback on Tuesday night.

Saturday's win over the Spartans featured another offensive explosion by the Tigers who piled up 23 goals in the week's three victories.

"This was a good road win for us," Revels said. "It's the first time we have gotten all three Rochester public schools in the same season. That should go far come seeding time. We have one more 1AA match-up  later this season with Owatonna."

Despite being outshot by the visitors 12-4 in the opening period Mayo notched the only goal of the first 17 minutes.

Back-to-back scores by Tanner Grubb and Jake Trippel in the first 6:35 of the second stanza gave Farmington the lead but the Spartans tied it late to make it 2-2 at the second break.

Tanner Grubb scored his third goal of the season (photo by Jim Lindquist)
The final period belonged to the Tigers as Austin Martinsen scored twice, Trippel netted his second of the night and Grady Hauswirth recorded his first of the year. Farmington outshot Mayo 15-6 in the third.

"Our depth continues to be a strength," Revels said. "A third third period in a week and our goalie only looks at six shots. That's impressive."

Farmington has finished games strong all season, allowing a total of just 31 shots on goal in the final period of six games.

Goalie Gage Overby chalked up his fourth win of the season with a 14-save night. The hard-charging Tigers finished with 40 shots on net.

The victory was another testament to the Tigers' balance as 11 different players scored at least one point.

After the hectic three-game week the Tigers are now off until Thursday when they host Apple Valley at Schmitz-Maki Arena.