Tigers, Raiders, skate to overtime tie
by Pat Rupp
The Tigers won the shots on goal battle by a large margin (28-16) but managed just a tie on the scoreboard in a 1-1 non-conference overtime draw with Hastings Friday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
Farmington (12-10-2) assured itself of a winning regular season with only Saturday night’s South Suburban Conference game at Eagan remaining. Hastings (17-5-2) closes out it season Saturday night at home against Simley.
“This was a great game all around,” coach Jon Holmes said. “We played hard, they played hard and it went down to the final buzzer.”
Nicole Klimek took advantage of Farmington’s only penalty of the first two period and gave her team an early 1-0 edge. Erin Moes and Anna Williams assisted on the goal.
Both teams had a pair of power play opportunities in the second period but both goaltenders, Farmington’s senior Madison Bowe and Hasting’s Brooke Weber, stood tall to set up an exciting third period.
The Tigers’ Maddi Oines evened the score with fewer than four minutes left in regulation on assists from Marissa Agerter and Shelby Klotz to force an extra eight minute period.
“Maddi’s goal was a nice snipe from the slot,” Holmes said. “We had about 10 other chances like that earlier, so it was very uplifting for that one to find a home inside the cage.”
Farmington put up five of the six shots recorded in overtime and had a power play chance over the final two minutes but could not get the puck by Weber.
Weber finished the night with 28 saves for Hastings; Bowe tallied 15 for the Tigers
“Maddie played phenomenally in goal,” Holmes said. “Fitting that in our last home game our seniors would have in this barn that she would step up and play so well.”
Saturday’s game with Egan will give Farmington an opportunity to avenge a 4-3 overtime loss to the Wildcats when the two teams met at Schmitz-Maki earlier in the season,
The Section 1AA post-season tournament will kick off next week with the opening round pairings determined by a seeding process of section coaches over the weekend.