League-leading South rolls by Tigers 7-1
by Pat Rupp
Lakeville South (8-0) stayed unbeaten in South Suburban Conference play with a convincing 7-1 win over the Tigers Tuesday night at Hasse Arena in Lakeville.
“They are one of the better teams we have played but probably not as deep as Eden Prairie was,” Tiger coach Jon Holmes said, “But they are very skilled. They and North (Lakeville) play next and that should be a tight game.”
Janna Haeg had a pair of goals and an assist to pace the Cougars who raised their season record to 9-1. Farmington is 4-5-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the South Suburban.
Haeg netted goals in each of the first two periods to help stake her team to a 4-0 lead heading to the final period.
The Cougars netted two more scores early in the third to make it 6-0 before Kenzie Hauswirth chalked up her team-leading ninth score of the season for the lone Farmington point of the night.
The stat sheet told the story of the game as South finished with a one-sided 33-16 advantage in the shots-on-goal department. The Cougars helped their cause with a pair of shorthanded scores.
Emily Auge had a busy night between the pipes for the Tigers, finishing with 26 saves.
“The biggest difference, and the largest factor, in the game’s outcome was experience,” Holmes said. “South expects to win. They do not panic and they get their heads up to make good passes whereas we felt rushed and we panicked a little by getting the puck off of our stick…
“This is exactly what good teams want their opponent to do. They then are able to get the turnover and everyone is moving in the opposite direction so they can capitalize on the turnover.
“We can learn a lot from that and, in fact, we did this really well against Rosemount. With added experience we will figure out that we cannot play right into the very concept we want other teams to do so we can capitalize on turnovers.”
The Tigers will try to get back to the .500 mark Friday night when they entertain Eagan in another South Suburban Conference contest at Schmitz-Maki Arena.