Eighth-rated Tigers skate circles around Austin

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 23, 2002

Eighth-rated Farmington/Randolph had plenty to celebrate, but the party ended earlier than expected.

The Tigers had a 7-1 lead on the Austin girls' hockey team Saturday at Riverside Arena when senior winger Jessye Stock lost an edge and slid into the boards with 3:16 to play. Stock was eventually carted off the ice on a stretcher with injuries to her left leg, leaving little to enjoy for the triumphant visitors.

According to Farmington coaches, Stock has been heavily recruited to play collegiate hockey next year.

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The end result, coming at the 11:44 mark of the third period, was a 7-1 Austin loss.

The Packers (6-7, 3-6) were outshot 38-11 by a top-tier squad. Amy Snyder was forced to make 31 saves while under constant pressure from Farmington/Randolph.

Tiger freshman sensation Kallie Flor had two goals and three assists in the lopsided win.

Kristin Faber scored her team-leading 15th goal to bring AHS within a 3-1 margin midway through the second period, but the Packers did not have enough gas. The visiting Tigers (9-2) were clearly faster on the ice and beat the Pack to most pucks, including rebounds off of Snyder saves.

"I thought we played pretty well in the first two periods," said Austin coach Denny Bray. "We were perfect on the penalty-kill. If (Courtney) Hughes and Faber score those breakaways we would have been ahead 3-2."

Farmington goalie Casey Preston stepped up with a huge save on Hughes' breakaway early in the second period. Hughes deked to her forehand and tried to slide the puck past Preston, who kicked the shot away at the last second.

Hughes recorded her team-leading eighth assist on Faber's goal, and Jessica Peterson got her seventh helper.

Faber's breakaway came minutes later. She skated in with defensive pressure chasing her and attempted to beat Preston over her left-handed glove but missed over the net.

Austin was 4-4 on penalty-kill. Farmington/Randolph was never whistled for a penalty.

"This was a good game to get us ready for the tournament coming up," Bray said.

The Packers are the defending Cardinal Ice Invitational champions from last year's Fairmont Tournament. Austin plays St. Peter in the first round Thursday, Dec. 26, at 2:30 p.m. A loss would drop the Pack into the fifth-place game on Saturday because Windom gets a bye through the first round. Sioux Falls, S.D., will not play in the three-day tournament as originally scheduled.

Fairmont, Northfield, New Prague and LuVerne make up the opposite half of the bracket.




First Period--1, FAR, Stefanie Schmitz (Kallie Flor), 3:46. 2, FAR, Kelli Johnson (Flor), 8:40. Penalties--Emily Quealy, AUS (interference) 11:43.

Second Period--3. FAR, Katie Graham (Missy Bright), 5:50. 4, AUS, Kristin Faber (Jessica Peterson, Courtney Hughes), 9:48. 5, FAR, Flor (Amy Gilbertson). Penalties--Jenny Nemitz, AUS (interference) 2:18; Sara DeVries, AUS (roughing) 10:18.

Third Period--6, FAR, Flor (Allison Walsh, Terrin Pettis), :39. 7, FAR, Rachel Ripley (Victoria Schuetzle), 7:21. 8, FAR, Johnson (Flor, Schmitz), 8:17.

Shots on goal--Farmington 16-12-10--38; Austin 1-7-3--11.

Power-play Opportunities--Farmington: 0 of 4; Austin: none.

Goalies--Farmington, Casey Preston (11 shots-10 saves); Austin, Amy Sndyer 3-4-0 (38-31).