27 December 2013

Girls Hockey: A win in the opening round

Rachael Welzin's first goal of the season was the game-winner (photo by J. Lindquist)
The Tigers gave themselves a belated Christmas gift with a 3-1 win over Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato (LDC) in the opening round of the Louie Schmitz Holiday Classic played Thursday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena.

Farmington scored a goal in each period and outshot its guests 43-13 to snap a five-game winless streak and boost its season record to 3-8-1.

"It was a solid effort to get the puck to the net and we had some really good opportunities to put more than three away," coach Jon Holmes said.

Kaitlyn LaCroix netted her first career goal to stake the home team to a 1-0 lead heading to the first break but LDC tied the count early in the second period.

Rachel Welzin responded with her first score of the season, a shorthanded goal, later in the second that gave the winners the lead for good.

Keena Cavanaugh put the game away with her second goal of the year midway through the third period to send the Tigers to Friday's semifinals against section rival Rochester Century. The Panthers downed Hastings 5-3 in their opening round game.

"We will have to take it up a notch if we are going to beat Century," Holmes said. "They are a solid team but we certainly have the ability to hold our own and it is another big section rivalry game for us."

Face-off is scheduled for tonight (Friday) at 7:00 at Schmitz-Maki.