There was a special feeling in the Faribault High School boys hockey locker room just after warm ups Saturday at the Faribault Ice Arena.
The Falcons got a visit from the 1993 FHS hockey team — the lone section championship squad in school history — and the alums chatted with this year’s crew about what it means to be part of a successful team.
“They didn’t talk about the wins and the losses,” coach Brad Ryan said. “They talked about how close they were, things they did in practice and on the ice. They talked about leadership, the captains and seniors and what great leadership they had.”
Then, almost on cue, the 12th-ranked Falcons unleashed a furious offensive outburst on visiting Minnehaha Academy (6-7), ultimately beating the Redhawks 12-1.
Junior Sean Lipinski notched three goals and three assists, and Jimmy Kittlesen, Trevor Bisping and Marcus Wierschem each scored their first varsity goals in the rout, which began with a 6-1 first period onslaught and included the Falcons (11-4-0, 3-0 Big 9 Conference) outshooting Minnehaha Academy 37-10.
Goalie Aaron Forgaard notched the win as he steered away nine of the 10 shots he faced.
“They’re working hard,” Ryan said. “They’re finishing and putting the puck in the back of the net.”
— Sports Editor Mark Remme may be reached at (507) 333-3129.
FHS 6 5 1 -- 12
MA 1 0 0 -- 1
Scoring — First period: 0:56 FHS Nick Murray (unassisted), 1:10 FHS Garrett Gulsvig (Brandon Parker, Ryan Dwyer), 10:10 MA Matt Wolpert (Peter Knutson), 11:37 FHS Dan Mahoney (George Richie), 13:24 FHS Marcus Wierschem (unassisted), 13:53 FHS Jimmy Kittlesen (Colbey Hullett, Parker), 14:00 FHS Bo Putrah (Mahoney, Richie). Second period: 1:50 FHS Trevor Bisping (Sean Lipinski, Murray), 4:10 FHS Lipinski (Dwyer, Bisping), 7:04 FHS Lipinski (Gulsvig, Aaron Forgaard), 11:58 FHS Gulsvig (Lipinski, Dwyer), 17:18 FHS Lipinski (Gulsvig, Isaac Dahl). Third period: 8:00 FHS Dwyer (Lipinski, Hullett). Shots on goal — FHS 37 MA 10. Power plays — FHS 0-2 MA 0-3. Saves — FHS Forgaard 9.