|Assistant Coaches:||Kieth Revels, Jason Kohlbeck, Al Jenrich, Kaitlyn Horn|
|State Tournament Appearances:||2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2006-2007, 2007-2008|
Enjoy the stories written by long time sports writer Pat Rupp. Pat will write game summaries for all the Farmington Tiger's games which will include a double shot through the South Suburban Conference.
Dodge County ousts Tigers from section
by Pat Rupp
A veteran Dodge County team, ranked 13th in the most recent Let’s Play Hockey Class AA state poll, dominated the Tigers 6-0 in the opening round of the Section 1AA tournament played Wednesday night at Four Seasons Arena in Kasson.
Fifth-seeded Farmington kept it close for a period (1-0) but the winners put the contest away with a three-goal outburst in the second in which they outshot their guests by a 22-6 margin.
“We didn't have our best stuff,” Farmington coach Jon Holmes said. “In the end it boiled down to their veterans outmatching us.
“Our leaders this year did a phenomenal job getting our youngsters to step up and play a role that eighth and ninth graders aren’t usually asked to play. Finishing above .500 for the regular season was a major accomplishment and a huge confidence boost for those young players. Dodge just had more seasoning.”
Dodge County (18-6-1) added a pair of scores in the third period to account for the remainder of the scoring.
The Wildcats outshot the Tigers by a one-sided 45-16 count with busy Farmington goaltenders Maddie Bowe and Emily Auge combining with 39 saves.
“I would not have guessed a 6-0 game coming in,” Holmes said. “Even during the game we had chances, but it almost seemed as if every time we generated some real in-zone minutes we would have a small letdown and give up a breakaway or a 3-1 and get completely deflated. This really goes back to our experience versus theirs.”
The Tigers closed the 2014-15 season with a 12-12-2 record and finished fifth in the final 10-team South Suburban Conference standings.
Dodge County advanced to the Section 1AA semifinals against top-seeded Lakeville South Saturday at Hasse Arena in Lakeville.
Tigers fall to Wildcats in regular season finale
By Pat Rupp
Eagan scored the first three goals of the night on the way to a 4-1 South Suburban Conference win over the Tigers Saturday night in Eagan in the regular season finale for both teams.
Farmington finished the season with a record of 12-11-2 overall and 8-9-1 in conference play, good enough for a fifth place finish in the 10-team standings. The Wildcats ranked third with a 13-4-1 mark and finished 16-8-1 overall.
“We came out flat and never really inflated,” Farmington coach Jon Holmes said. “We hung on the entire game.
“It is hard to say if we were affected by the short turnaround. In theory we should not have been because we have played back-to-back games before this season.”
The Tigers scored their lone goal when Maddi Oines found the net on an assist from Kenzie Hauswirth at the 12:33 mark of the second period to make it a 3-1 game heading to the final break.
“In reality we just may not have had the same zest for play in this game as we did Friday night against Hastings,” Holmes said.
The Wildcats’ Taylor Anderson scored her second goal of the night late in the final period to close out the scoring.
The shots-on-goal numbers told the tale of the season finale with Eagan holding a one-sided 28-13 advantage.
Tiger goalie Emily Auge (24 saves) drew some complimentary words from her coach in the losing effort.
“Emily played well to keep it to that final score,” Holmes said. “We gave them ample opportunities and she did a nice job shutting them down.”
Farmington drew the fifth seed for next week’s opening round of the Section 1AA post-season tournament and will travel to Four Seasons Arena in Kasson Wednesday night to play fourth-seeded Kasson-Mantorville.
“We have a pretty solid section this year in that the top four seeds are all in the top 15 in the state,” Holmes said. “But we are that team that no one really wants to play in playoffs.
“Because we are so young we have had our ups and downs but if we are able to have another upswing in the playoffs we will surely make some waves and hopefully make a run.”
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.