15 January 2014

Girls Hockey: The beat goes on

Kaitlyn LaCroix scored the game-winner
Farmington continued its late season surge toward the post-season with an impressive 4-3 win over Chaska-Chanhassen Tuesday night at the Chaska Community Center.

The victory was the sixth in the last eight games for the Tigers who entered their holiday tournament with a 2-8-1 mark. Chaska/Chanhassen entered the night with a 13-4 record.

"This was a well deserved and well-timed win," coach Jon Holmes said. "The girls have really been working hard, staying dedicated and putting more and more full games together the past month. 

"The game itself was high-paced and well-played on both sides of the puck. The shots ended up being about even and despite taking a couple of untimely penalties our girls worked through them."

Farmington trailed the entire contest until Kaitlyn LaCroix let a shot fly from the blue line that found the twine with 3:13 remaining in regulation.

Chaska built a 2-0 lead early in the second period before goals by Breanna Raske and Ellie Moser tied the score heading to the second break.

The Stormhawks went back ahead early in the final period before Michaela Tonsager re-tied it 3-3 with 6:02 left in regulation to set up Lacroix's late-game heroics.

The Stormhawks pulled their goalie with two minutes to play but a stout defensive effort by the home team preserved the win.

Raske and Moser each had assists to go with their goals. Shelby Klotz added a pair of assists and Maddi Oines had one.

Molly Singewald stopped 22 of 25 shots to pick up her eighth win of the season. Farmington won the shots on goal battle 27-25.

"We now need to get back to business and prepare for our homestand Thursday and Friday," Holmes said.

The Tigers take on Simley Thursday and Shakopee on Friday at Schmitz-Maki Arena.

Shelby Klotz assisted on two of the goals (photo by Jim Lindquist)