The Faribault Falcons boys hockey team gave the #13 Class A ranked Northfield Raiders all they could handle Thursday night.  The Raiders scored a pair of late third period goals at the Northfield Ice Arena to seal the 3-1 victory.  In Faribault, the #20 Class A Falcons girls fell in overtime to Northfield 3-2.

I called the boys game in Northfield on POWER 96 Radio.  The Minnesota Hockey Hub game sheet had Northfield win 3-2 in overtime and I can assure you there was no overtime in the boys game.  That sheet had each team score in the first period and the first period was scoreless.  Six penalties were called in the first period.  Four on Northfield and two on Faribault.  Shots were 6-5 in favor of Northfield.

The Raiders scored 8:00 into the second period when junior Kenric Gargrave executed the first goal of his varsity career, a put back following a shot by senior Zachary Krueger.  Northfield dominated control of the puck in the second period and outshot the Falcons 17 to 9 in the period.  After two periods it was Northfield 1 and Faribault 0.

The Falcons scored their lone goal of the game on the power play to tie the contest 11:22 of the third period when junior Noah Murphy blasted a shot from just below the Northfield blue line.  Assists were awarded to sophomore Lucas Linneman and senior Owen Williamson.

Northfield would score a power play goal with 4:33 to go and then achieved a shorthanded score with :28 to go in the game.  6'5 senior Garrett Sawyer was standing in front of the Falcon goal and punched a rebound back into the net, assisted by senior Devon Jirik and senior Zachary Marvin.

The shorthanded goal was scored by sophomore Carson Van Zuilen, assisted by Marvin.

Junior Spencer Ell took the loss for Faribault while stopping 34 shots.  Northfield goalie Wesley Lideen had 23 saves.

Nine penalties were called on Northfield and eight on Faribault in the very physical contest.

Falcon Head Coach Dean Weasler was proud of his team for playing hard every second and competing against one of the favorites to win the Big Nine Conference this season.  Weasler said,  "We will get better."

In the girls game at the Faribault Ice Arena I was receiving scoring updates from someone at the game who texted at one point that Falcon junior goalie Mikayla Bohner was, "playing lights out."

The Falcons scored the first goal, Raiders answered to make it 1-1 after one period.  Neither team scored in the second period and each had another goal in the third to end regulation 2-2.  Northfield got the game winner in overtime to hand Faribault their first defeat of the season.  I could find no official game sheet with the scoring.

Other girls hockey scores Thursday night:

  • Rochester Lourdes  4  Simley 2
  • Rochester Mayo 2  Waconia 2
  • Red Wing 4  Austin 2
  • Mankato West 7  Rochester Century 0
  • Owatonna 3  Albert Lea 1
  • Lakeville North 1  Rosemount 0
  • Lakeville South 5  Prior Lake 0
  • Eagan  4  Shakopee 2
  • Burnsville 3  Farmington 0
  • Eastview 3  Apple Valley 2
  • Waseca 7  Morris Area/Benson Area 0

Boys hockey scores from Thursday:

  • Rochester Mayo 5   Mankato East 2
  • Owatonna 3  Albert Lea 2 (OT)
  • Rochester John Marshall 5  Winona 4  (OT)
  • New Prague 3  Mankato West 2  (OT)
  • Rochester Lourdes 7  Mounds View 6
  • Onalaska/Lacrosse 13 LaCrescent 0
  • St. Thomas Academy 3  Eastview 0
  • Hill-Murray 2  Burnsville 1
  • Prior Lake 5  Chanhassen 0
Scoreboard at Northfield Ice Arena in third period of Falcon Game. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld