28 December 2013

Boys Hockey: Tigers reach Simley title game

Jake Trippel scored his first varsity hat trick (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Jake Trippel recorded his first varsity hat trick and six different Tigers scored goals in an 8-1 romp over Cambridge-Isanti in the second round of the Simley Holiday Tournament Friday night at Veteran's Arena in Inver Grove Heights.

With the win Farmington (7-3-1) advances to Saturday's title game where it will square off against Albert Lea, a 4-3 winner over host Simley in its second round game.

"We got off to a good start and got the full roster some ice time," coach Keith Revels said. "We put a lot of shots on net."

Four different Farmington players--Trippel, John Siebenaler, Justin Novak and Jack Erickson--netted goals in a first period that saw the Tigers outshoot the opposition by a one-sided 17-4 margin.

Erik Holmstrom and Austin Martinsen added power play goals in the second period to stretch the lead to 6-1 and then Trippel completed his hat trick with a two-goal third period.

Austin Martinsen goal, 3 assists
All in all, the winners had nine players score at least one point with Martinsen finishing the night with four points on a goal and three assists. Holmstrom and Erickson each had a goal and two assists.

Farmington finished the night with a 44-11 bulge in shots on goal. The Tigers converted two of five power play opportunities and skated off both of their man-short situations.

Nick Schoening went the distance in the nets for the Tigers, finishing with 10 saves.

"Nick had a solid outing after being out with an injury the past couple of weeks," Revels said.

Face-off for today's (Saturday) championship game is slated for 1:00 p.m. at Veterans' Arena.