Tigers Strike Overtime Gold
By Pat Rupp
Kennedy Meier’s overtime goal gave Farmington an exciting 3-2 South Suburban Conference win over Eastview Thursday night at the Apple Valley Sports Arena.
Madison Kadrlik assisted on the game-winner that vaulted the Tigers into a fifth-place tie with Shakopee in the 10-team South Suburban Conference standings. The Tigers are 7-8 in conference play and 9-12 overall.
“This was a very solid and complete road win for us,” Farmington coach Jon Holmes said. “We still had moments where we got tired and lacked good position but they were far fewer than recent games.”
After a scoreless first period, Olivia Andrews got the visitors on the board with her first goal of the year five minutes into the second. The Lightning struck two minutes later but Kenna Kadrlik gave the Tigers the lead later in the period on an unassisted goal to set up a raucous final 17 minutes-plus.
Eastview garnered the only goal of the third frame to force the extra period which ended on Meier’s third goal of the season.
Farmington goaltender Addison Moudry picked up her eighth win of the season with 28 saves.
“We still were experimenting with different combinations but overall, I think the girls are starting to learn how to play outside their comfort zone,” Holmes said. After the Minnetonka game, we needed get back on track and it was nice to see us bounce back into an upward trajectory.”
The Minnetonka game to which Holmes referred was Tuesday night’s non-conference affair at Schmitz-Maki Arena that saw the Skippers, the state’s third-ranked team, leave town with a dominant 8-1 win.
“Going in we knew we would be up against it,” Holmes said. “We would have to play a near perfect game in the defensive zone to be successful. At times we did that, but when we got caught puck watching it showed on the scoreboard.”
Tonka scored the first six goals of the night and led 6-1 after two periods. Abby Gehrke recorded the lone Farmington score on assists from Sam Moehle and Kenna Kadrlik late in the second period.
The Skippers outshot the Tigers 43-20. Kieley Curow and Moudry shared the netminding duties for Farmington, combining for 35 saves.
“Playing teams like Minnetonka is a valuable tool,” Holmes said. “It is an essential component of the learning process and will hopefully help us prepare for the rest of the regular season and section.”
Farmington closes out its three-game week with a South Suburban home contest with Eagan on Saturday before facing another busy three-game stretch next week: Monday against Hill-Murray followed by road games with Burnsville and Rosemount Thursday and Saturday.
Another Close One…and a Win
By Pat Rupp
In a season that had already featured nine (of 18) one-goal games, the Tigers treated their fans to another nail-biter on Saturday, this one a 3-2 road victory over Prior Lake at Dakotah Arena.
The win lifted Farmington’s season mark to 8-11 and 6-8 in the South Suburban Conference.
“We sure can find a way to keep things interesting,” Farmington coach Jon Holmes said. “We have been in a good position most of the time, regardless of the outcome. But it’s been hit or miss as to whether we make the play or plays that eventually decide the game.”
The host Lakers got the better of the play through much of the first period and took a 1-0 led into the second frame.
“We had all new lines, players were in new positions and we went into the game trying to get our own players uncomfortable to hopefully change up how we played in the defensive zone ,” Holmes said.
“After 10 minutes or so we put together the best and most complete stretch we have had as a team this season in terms of all three zones. We’ll need to take that mentality into a busy week and come ready to protect our defensive zone.”
The Tigers were outshot 11-10 in the second period but three of that number landed in the back of the net. Sam Moehle (from Madison Kadrlik) scored the first of her two goals of the night to get things rolling.
Reegan Werner (from Jenna Bethke) slammed home a power play score later in the second and after Prior Lake tied things up ,Moehle put the finishing touch on the win an assist from Ava Johnson. Moehle leads the Tigers in both goals (24) and points (37) this season.
The Tigers played solid defensive hockey in the scoreless third period, including skating off a shorthanded situation in the game’s final 47 seconds. The Lakers managed just five shots on goal over the final 17 minutes.
Prior Lake finished with a 28-26 edge on shots. Tiger goalkeeper Addison Moudry earned her seventh win of the season with a 26-save effort.
This week brings a three-games-in-five-nights marathon. Tuesday Minnetonka comes to town for a non-conference tilt followed by a pair of South Suburban Conference games: Thursday at Eastview and Saturday versus Eagan at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
North Nips Tigers on Late Goal
By Pat Rupp
Lakeville North scored a power play goal with 1:12 remaining in regulation to pull out a 3-2 win over Farmington Thursday night at Ames Arena in Lakeville.
The win gave the Panthers a split in the regular season series between the two teams. The Tigers prevailed 5-4 when the two teams meet at Schmitz-Maki Arena in early December.
The Farmington (7-11) loss was its sixth in its last seven outings and followed a familiar pattern with one period essentially deciding the outcome.
The visitors roared out of the gate, leading 2-0 after one period on goals by Sam Moehle (from Kenna Kadrlik) and Abby Gehrke.
North’s Ashley Wagenbach’s pair of unanswered in the second period tied the count heading to the final frame.
“We controlled play in the first and third periods but just lost focus in the second,” Farmington coach Jon Holmes said. “It’s not something that’s new or something we don’t that’s happening. It’s been frustrating for the girls.”
The game stayed knotted at 2-2 until the 15:08 mark when the Tigers’ Reegan Werner was sent to the penalty box for hooking. Forty seconds into the power play the Panthers’ Hannah Weckman stuffed home the game-winner.
“To have a penalty called that late in the game was disappointing,” Holmes said, “because there weren’t any other ticky-tack calls made like that earlier in the game…There were also a couple of non-calls after the goal but the bottom line is we shouldn’t have put ourselves in that kind of position.”
North outshot the Tigers 22-19 in a game that had fewer that usual scoring chances for both teams.
The Panthers scored two of their three goals on the power play, a fact that added to Holmes' disappointment.
“We take pride in our special teams play,” he said, “so that digs a little deep.”
Farmington netminder Kieley Curow stopped 19 of 22 shots in the loss.
Farmington will be looking to return to the win column and start building some momentum for the post-season when it travels to Prior Lake on Saturday for a South Suburban Conference game.