11 Players Score in Rout of Century/JM
By Pat Rupp
Seven different Farmington players scored goals and 11 registered at least a point as the Tigers bounced back from a season-opening loss to Eden Prairie with a 12-1 rout of Rochester Century/John Marshall Thursday night in their home opener at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
Any question about the final outcome of the non-conference match-up between the Section 1AA rivals was answered early when the Tigers scored seven unanswered goals in the opening period.
“The girls came ready to play and put on the pressure right away,” Farmington coach Jon Holmes said. “After we got the big lead we toned it down a little and tried to work on some different things we needed to practice.”
Sam Moehle scored a hat trick in the opening period and Abby Gehrke added a pair of scores to spark the first period goal-fest for the winners. Kenna Kadrlik and Reegan Werner also found the back of the net for the home team. Farmington outshot the Panthers by a lopsided 21-2 in the opening frame.
The Tigers added four more unanswered goals early in the second period with Moehle netting her fourth of the night and Kadrlik her second. Ava Johnson and Morgan Mitchell also scored in the second.
The visitors finally cracked the scoring ice a half way into the final period on a goal by Annika Trombenson. Farmington’s Alexa Bricko tallied the game’s final goal also midway through the final stanza.
Moehle added to her team scoring lead with four goals and three assists for a two-game total of 10 points. Gehrke, who carded three assists in the Eden Prairie game, finished with a five-point night and now has eight for the season. Kenna Kadrlik also rang up five points on two goals and three assists and has a two-game point total of seven.
Madison Kadrlik assisted on three goals and Werner had an assist to go with the first career varsity goal. Katie Klotz Jenna Bethke and Addison Trapp each chipped in with an assist.
Netminder Addison Moudry earned the first win of her freshman season by stopping 10 of 11 shots she faced. The Tigers outshot the Panthers by an eye-catching 51-11.
Farmington (1-1) opens its South Suburban Conference schedule Saturday with a Saturday afternoon game with Apple Valley (1-0) at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
Eagles Nip Tigers 6-4 in Season Opener
by Pat Rupp
The new-look Farmington girls’ hockey team kicked off its 2021-22 season Tuesday night with a 6-4 non-conference loss to Eden Prairie at the Eden Prairie Community Center.
The Tigers lost seven seniors from last year’s Section 1AA championship team, including five of their six top scorers, their defensive core and starting goaltender.
“All in all, it was a pretty good first game for us,” veteran Farmington coach Jon Holmes said. “We had some successes and some things we can learn from…We got better with each period.
“The shocking part was giving up five goals (the sixth was an open-netter). We came out extremely flat and got caught up in the lights and the speed of high school hockey.”
The slow start translated to a pair of Eagle goals and a 2-0 deficit after a period and a half of play.
Then Kenna Kadrlik (from Abby Gehrke and Sam Moehle) and Moehle (from Kadrlik and Gehrke) scored lightning back-to-back goals in a 24-second span to knot the score.
The lead didn’t last long, however, as Eden Prairie responded with a score 15 seconds later and then added a back-breaker goal with one second left in the period.
Madison Kadrlik netted an unassisted goal less than three minutes into the final period to again make it a one-goal contest before the Eagles stretched it to a 5-3 lead with six and a half minutes remaining.
Moehle slapped home her second goal of the night on an assist from Gehrke with a little more than three minutes to go to cut the lead in half and then bounced a potential tying goal off the post in the closing minutes.
“That would have made it 5-5, but that’s the way it goes in sports,” Holmes said. “We needed to buckle down and get one that counted.”
Eden Prairie scored its empty-netter with 19 seconds showing on the game clock.
“We had a number of scoring chances,” Holmes said. “I am confident we will get better at finishing as the season goes on.”
“The big thing we need to do now is learn a defensive zone that is different than we have played the past several years. We need to make it a more balanced with the forwards playing a bigger role…It’s not an easy change but I am pleased how we are adapting to it.”
Moehle (2 goals and an assist) and Gehrke (3 assists) each finished with three-point games; Kenna Kadrlik had two with her goal and assist).
Freshman Addison Moudry drew just her second varsity start in net for Farmington and turned away 28 of the 34 shots she faced. Eden Prairie outshot its guests 35-22.
“Addison was a little nervous but did a nice job,” Holmes said. “She’ll get more comfortable as she gets more experience.”
The Tigers don’t have much time to dwell on Tuesday’s loss as they entertain Rochester Century Thursday night in their non-conference home opener at Schmitz-Maki Arena.