The Faribault Falcons boys hockey team traveled to All Seasons Arena in Mankato Thursday night for a Big 9 contest against Class A #17 ranked Mankato East.  The Cougars controlled the puck in a 4-1 win.  There are no shots on goal numbers on the scoreboard in Mankato so I have to try to keep track of that statistic.  It was explained to me many years ago shots on goal means exactly what it says.  The shots must be on goal.  I get the sense the scorekeeper in Mankato, for the home team anyway, counted all shots.

I say that because the official score sheet had Mankato East with 50 shots on goal. I had 32 shots on goal and while that figure may be off,  I don't believe as good as Faribault's goalie was during the game that he had 46 saves.  Falcon junior goalie Spencer Ell was named one of our Faribault State Farm Insurance agents Faribault players of the game because he kept his team in the game.  It was 2-1 heading to the final period.

My unofficial tally for shots on goal after two periods was Mankato East 21 and Faribault 8.  The game sheet numbers were 31 shots on goal for Mankato East and 6 for Faribault.  The game sheet total for Faribault was 11.  I had 13 total shots on goal.

Our other Faribault State Farm Insurance agents Faribault players of the game were junior Leighton Weasler  and sophomore Zach Siegert who combined to put the Falcons only goal on the board 1:27 into the game.  Weasler scored his 5th goal of the season and Siegert collected his first assist of the year.  Siegert made a nice pass from behind the Mankato East net to Weasler who buried the puck to give the Falcons their only lead of the game.

Exactly 30 seconds later sophomore Brett Borchardt answered with his 6th goal of the year, assisted by junior Matthew Salzie and senior Adam Megard.  Salzie's 12th assist and Megard's 3rd.

Salzie would score his 7th goal of the season at 12:08 mark assisted by Megard (4) and sophomore Hayden Guillemette (4).  There would be no scoring in the second period.

5:43 into the final period Salzie netted his 8th goal of the year assisted by seniors Parker Steindl (13) and Jacob Rundle (1).

With 2:25 to go in the game the Cougars scored their 6th shorthanded goal of the season when senior Sam Schulz collected his 18th goal unassisted.

Junior JD Kragh was between the pipes for Mankato East.  Kragh picked up his 5th win of the season while stopping 10 shots according to the game sheet.  Spencer Ell fell to 3-3-1.

The Cougars improve to 4-2 in the Big 9, 9-6-1 overall.  Faribault is now 3-5-1 in league action and 9-6-1 overall.

The Falcons travel to Rochester to play Century Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.  Mankato East is in Rochester Saturday at 7:15 p.m. to face John Marshall.

In other boys hockey Thursday night:

  • Owatonna 6  Rochester John Marshall 0
  • Rochester Mayo 5  Northfield 2
  • Minnesota River 6  New Ulm 4
  • Mankato West 6  Red Wing 1
  • Rochester Century 9  Austin 2
  • Holy Angels Academy 2  Farmington 1 (OT)
  • Hopkins 6  Rochester Lourdes 1

Girls hockey Thursday:

  • Northfield 10  Rochester Mayo 0  (Spartans had 4 SOG, Northfield 34)
  • Austin 6  Rochester Century 3
  • Owatonna 6  Rochester John Marshall 2
  • Mankato West 5  Red Wing 0
  • Minnesota River 5  Fairmont 2
  • Burnsville 7  Rosemount 2
  • Eastview 6  Lakeville North 4
  • Farmington 3  Lakeville South 0
  • Eagan 9  Prior Lake 1
  • Shakopee 2  Apple Valley 0

Area boys basketball Thursday:

  • Medford 44 Kenyon-Wanamingo 41 (OT)
  • Blooming Prairie 60  Maple RIver 45
  • Lake City 74  Rochester Lourdes 58  (Nathan Heise 29 points, Reid Gastner 19 for Lake City)
  • Hayfield 75  NRHEG 59
  • Hudson, Wi. 66  Kasson-Mantorville 37
  • Caledonia 94  Winona Cotter 26
  • Spring Grove 74  Houston 47
  • Shakopee 85  Rosemount 47
  • Schaeffer Academy 77 Leroy-Ostrander 57
  • Kingsland 54  Lanesboro 47
  • Grand Meadow 74  Glenville-Emmons 41
  • Dover-Eyota 61  Byron 45
  • CHOF 52  Pine Island 46
  • New Prague 51  Delano 49

Area girls basketball Thursday:

  • Medford 68  Hayfield 59  (Medford remains undefeated)
  • Red Wing 59  Northfield 49
  • Tri-City United 61  Mayer Lutheran 50
  • Stewartville 70  Kenyon-Wanamingo 39
  • Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 65  Bethlehem Academy 36
  • Pine Island 65  CHOF 60
  • Plainview-Elgin-Millville 65  Byron 61
  • Norwood-Young America 80 LeSueur-Henderson 47
  • Southwest Christian 44 Sibley East 34
  • Lyle/Pacelli 48  Lanesboro 24
  • Caledonia 57  Winona Cotter 53
  • Lewiston-Altura 55  Onalaska Luther. Wi. 54

Wrestling action from Thursday:

  • Faribault 62  Rochester John Marshall 18
  • Faribault 48  NRHEG 25
  • Faribault 38  St. Charles 36
  • Kasson-Mantorville 56  Zumbrota-Mazeppa 6
  • Kenyon-Wanamingo 69  Triton 6  (7 Triton forfeits)
  • Stewartville 48  Triton 30
  • Albert Lea 60  Rochester Century 6
  • Cannon Falls 61  Pine Island 15
  • Goodhue 31  Plainview-Elgin-Millville 29
  • Goodhue 49  Chatfield 24
  • Plainview-Elgin-Millville 42  Chatfield 30
  • Mankato West 42  Rochester Century 30

 

Faribault Goalie Spencer Ell Preparing for 3rd period vs. Mankato East. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
My View of face-off at Mankato East. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld