Tigers grab second in Louie Schmitz Classic
by Pat Rupp
Farmington posted an early lead and played two solid periods of hockey but five second period goals by Red Wing proved too much to overcome in a 7-3 loss in the championship game of the Louie Schmitz Holiday Classic played Wednesday afternoon at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
The Tigers led 1-0 after one period thanks to Kenzie Hauswirth’s third goal of the tournament before the eighth-ranked (Class A) Wingers went on their scoring binge in the second.
“We came out and played a solid first period, but even being up by one I was extremely worried,” Tiger coach Jon Holmes said. “The mood in the locker room was much more of a celebration party than thinking about taking care of business for two more periods.”
Red Wing’s Taylor Heise netted two of her game total of four goals in the onslaught and the Tigers didn’t help their cause by piling up 10 minutes of penalty time in the period.
“We came out slower, and then got frustrated and started taking penalties,” Holmes said. “They only scored one goal on the power play but we were gassed from having to play four-on-three the entire period.”
Despite the four-goal deficit the home team came back strong in the final period, matching Red Wing’s two goals and outshooting the Wingers 15-9.
“We picked up some of the slack in the third period,” Holmes said, “but it was too little, too late at that point.”
Marissa Agerter (from Dani Wright) and Ellie Moser (from Carly Simon) accounted for the third period scores for the runner-ups.
Tiger netminder Emily Auge, who had stopped 33 of 34 shots over the first two games of the tournament, was the victim of all five second period Winger goals. Auge left the nets after the second period with eight saves.
Maddie Bowe took over the goaltending chores in the final period and stopped seven of nine shots. Farmington finished the contest with a 29-22 edge in the shots on goal department.
“All in all it was a very positive tournament for us,” Holmes said. “We have not been to the championship game since 2010 and that was one of our goals coming into the season…”
Wright, who scored six points in the three-games, landed a spot on the all-tournament team.
Farmington (6-7-1) doesn’t get much time to think about its 2-1 run in the annual tournament as it returns to the ice Saturday with a South Suburban Conference road game at Prior Lake. Faceoff is 5:30 p.m. at Dakotah Arena.