After falling behind 3-0 in the first period, the Faribault High School boys hockey team couldn’t battle back Saturday against Breck, falling 6-0 at the Faribault Ice Arena.
Wesley Iverson put the Mustangs on the board 3:45 into the contest, and Thomas Lindstrom and Grant Opperman both added first-period goals.
Faribault’s best chance to climb back into the game came in the second period, when Breck was assessed a five-minute major penalty. But the Falcons (9-13-1) came up empty on the power play and Breck closed out the period with a 4-0 lead.
“We had a couple of chances,” FHS coach Brad Ryan said. “That’s kind of a turning point. If we could have nicked one or two or what that second period, the third period could have been a little different.”
Instead, Andrew Headrick made it 5-0 at the 12:28 mark of the third and Iverson added his second less than a minute later. Breck (15-8) fired 51 shots on FHS senior goaltender Aaron Forgaard, who made 45 saves. Jack Kenney pitched the shutout in net for the Mustangs, stopping all 19 Falcons shots he faced.
“When you play against a team like that, you have to play one of your best games,” Ryan said of the Mustangs, who won the Class A state championship last season by defeating Hermantown 2-1 in the finals. “It’s a playoff-caliber team.”