10 January 2014

Boys Hockey: Late goal keeps streak alive

John Siebenaler scored the game-winner with 59 seconds to play (photo by Jim Lindquist)
It took 63 shots and 59 minutes but the Tigers kept their six-game winning streak intact with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Chanhassen Thursday night at the Victoria Recreation Center.

Farmington (11-3-1 overall), owns a seven-game unbeaten run, is now 4-0-1 in Missota Conference play and at least temporarily sits alone atop the league standings. Second place New Prague (3-0-1) entertains Holy Angels tonight (Friday).

"It was nice to continue our winning ways," coach Keith Revels said, "but it will be hard to keep it up if each goal requires 20 shots. We all breathed a collective sigh of relief when John (Siebenaler) netted his second goal with a minute to play.

"It had the feel of one of those games that got away, one that you deserve to win right up to the last minute. Our maturation from year ago shows up in games like this."

Chanhassen had the lead for the first 22 minutes of the contest, scoring both of its goals in the opening period.

Siebenaler (from Austin Martinsen and Justin Novak) finally broke the scoring ice for the visitors 5:21 into the second period with a power play score. Later in the second Jack Erickson (from Tanner Grubb) scored to tie it up.
Jack Erickson scored the second goal (photo by J. Lindquist)
The frustrating part of the 2-2 deadlock was Farmington's inability to put the puck away. The Tigers peppered Storm goaltender Erik Anderson with 43 shots over the first two periods. Farmington finished the night with a 63-20 shot advantage.

The visitors would put up 18 more shots over the next 16 minutes before Siebenaler finally wristed home the game-winner with 59 seconds left in regulation.

Tiger netminder Nick Schoening picked up his third win of the season with an 18-save effort.

"Nick made some key stops late to preserve the win," Revels said.

The Tigers will look to extend their streaks next Tuesday night when they host conference rival Chaska (6-4-2) at Schmitz-Maki Arena.