17 January 2014

Girls Hockey: Big second period enough

Ellie Moser two goals vs. Simley (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Farmington did not get the complete game effort coach Jon Holmes was looking for but a four-goal second period was enough to propel the Tigers to a 4-2 non-conference win over Simley Thursday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena.

The victory was the third straight for the Tigers and their sixth in seven starts. Over that stretch they have raised their season record to 9-10-1.

"We played one period last night and that period was similar to the three periods we had against Chaska/Chanhassen on Tuesday," coach Jon Holmes said. "We bombarded them with shots, put the puck in the net, won the races, supported every play and it was just the way we want to define Farmington hockey."

The first period was a sluggish affair that produced just seven combined shots on goal, six of them by the home team.

Things heated up in the second, however, with Farmington putting 19 shots on net, four of which found their mark.

Ellie Moser scored twice and Maddi Oines and Megan Stivers each added power play goals.

Rachael Welzin contributed two assists in the flurry and Shelby Klotz, Scootie Donnelly and Breanna Raske each had one.

Simley scored one of its goals in the second period on a power play opportunity. The Spartans added one in the third frame to close out the night's scoring.

Molly Singewald worked the Farmington nets and finished with 14 saves. Farmington outshot Simley 32-16 for the game, including a 19-6 edge in the pivotal second period.

The Tigers will try to get to the .500 mark tonight (Friday) when they host Shakopee at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The teams played to a scoreless tie when they met last month in Shakopee.

"We need to come ready to put three periods in every night since we plan to compete with our section rivals," Holmes said.