Tigers take tourney opener
by Pat Rupp
The Tigers celebrated the start of their post-Christmas schedule with a 5-0 shutout of former Missota Conference rival Northfield Tuesday night in the opening round of the annual Louie Schmitz Holiday Classic played at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
All of the scoring took place in the opening two periods with the winners netting a trio of goals in the opening frame and then adding two more insurance scores in the second.
“We had to shuffle some lines due to illness to Ellie Moser but we had girls like Kenna Cavanaugh, Emily Record and Savanna Tucker step up,” Tiger coach Jon Holmes said.
“We also got a look for the first time at the line of Elizabeth Auge, Lexie Budensiek, and Sammi Hyytinen.”
Maddi Oines notched a pair of goals, one on the power play and the other shorthanded, to help the Tigers to their early lead. Shelby Klotz scored the other first period goal. Kenzie Hauswirth assisted on two of the scores. Shelby Nehls also recorded an assist.
“It was good to see our veterans pick up the scoring.” Holmes said.
Hauswirth and Dani Wright tallied the second period scores with Hauswirth’s coming on another power play opportunity. Farmington scored on two of its three player-advantage situations while the Raiders failed to covert on any of its six chances.
“Our defense was very aggressive,” Holmes said. “We limited their scoring opportunities and our blue-liners also chipped in with a couple of goals.”
Hauswirth finished with a three-point night (goal, two assists) to run her team-leading point total to 22 on 11 goals and 11 assists.
Tiger goaltender Emily Auge chalked up her third win and first shutout of the 2014-15 season with a 17-save effort. The Tigers outshot the Raiders 25-17 for the game.
“Good to see Emily rewarded with the shutout,” Holmes said. “She has been playing very well of late.”
The victory pushed the Farmington season record to 5-6-1 heading into Tuesday’s semifinal against Park of Cottage Grove. Park defeated Hudson, Wisconsin in its opening round game.
“I wouldn’t say we were hitting on all cylinders in this game,” Holmes concluded, “but we played well enough to get a shot at playing in the championship game on Wednesday. That hasn’t happened for quite a few years.”