21 December 2013

Girls Hockey: Can't find the twine

Scootie Donnelly scored the first Tiger goal (photo by J. Lindquist)
Farmington did what it wanted to do in Friday night's Missota Conference match-up with New Prague at Schmitz-Maki Arena.

The Tigers took the game to the Trojans, outshooting them by a 34-17 margin, and for the most part stayed out of the penalty box (2 minors for four minutes).

But the bottom line is still goals scored and when the final horn sounded New Prague escaped with a 3-2 victory.

"We outplayed them, out-skated them, and the ice was tilted downhill to their end of the rink the entire night," coach Jon Holmes said. "We just couldn't find the twine."

The Tigers have scored just three goals in their past four games.

Through the first two periods Farmington (2-8-1) outshot New Prague by a one-sided 22-9 count but trailed on the scoreboard 2-0.

The Trojans added a third score early in the final period before the Tigers finally found the net for two late goals. Scootie Donnelly scored the first unassisted and Ellie Moser made it a one-goal game with two minutes to play in regulation.

The Tigers, who outshot the Trojans 12-8 over the final 17 minutes, had a couple of chances late but couldn't convert.

Madison Bowe worked the entire game in the Tiger nets, stopping 14 of 17 shots.

"We never packed it in and kept playing hard the entire night despite being down 3-0 after really controlling the play for the entire game," Holmes said.

"Hopefully with some hard work on the ice and playing at home, our shots will gain some zip to get to the back of the net. Until then we will have to be sure to play a tight defensive zone and keep crashing the net with some good old fashioned hard work."

The Tigers will get three chances to do those things over the holidays as they host their annual Louie Schmitz Holiday Classic Dec. 26-28 at Schmitz-Maki.