Faribault Boys Hockey scores another snowman

For the second time this week, the Faribault Falcons men’s hockey team scored 8 goals in an unbalanced victory over the Austin Packers 8-1 in Austin. Faribault’s first goal was scored by Owen Nesburg (2) with a wonderful assist from rookie Oliver Linnemann (4).

Assistance was chosen for our delivery of the game Cashwise Foods and Pharmacy of Owatonna. Linnemann flew behind the net and delivered a perfect, hard pass to Nesburg who wasted no time shooting the puck.

It was 1:11 in the game and really set the tone for the contest. Faribault scored three more times in the first period.

At 4.30am, Zach Siegert (5) scored the first goal of his hat trick helped by Grady Goodwin (2) and Luke Vinar (1). Less than a minute later, Keaton Ginter (2) scored with assists from Jordan Nawrocki (3) and Jax Bokman (1).

The last goal of the period was a skating from start to finish with a superb finish from Goodwin (2). A goal without help. Faribault 4 Austin 0.

Against Red Wing at Faribault, the Falcons had eight different players who scored goals. Tonight at Riverside Arena in Austin, five goals were scored and four collected multiple points.

Starting goaltender Maclain Weasler left midway through the second period so Jack Knutson could score some time in the net. This was not reflected on the scoresheet however. Austin scored his third goal of the season halfway through that period.

Jordon Nawrocki (2) scored Faribault’s next goal at 7:28 with Zach Slinger (2) and Bokman (2) credited with assists.

At 9:38 Siegert (6) scored after a nice pass from Luke Vinar (2). His hat trick goal was an unassisted beauty from start to finish at 1:30 of the third period. Siegert’s seventh goal of the young season. Ginter (3) scored the final goal at 11:35. Assists from Bokman (3) and Nawrocki (4).

It was race time in the third period. The Falcons went 0 for 3 on the power play after getting 4 for 4 on Tuesday night. They entered the game with the Big Nine’s best power play (58.3%).

The Hawks in Malecha’s Auto Body Crunch Time game were Siegert, Nawrocki Bokman, and Ginter.

Austin was 0-2 on the power play and didn’t score a power play goal in 10 attempts.

Faribault had 50 shots on goal, Austin 15. Faceoffs in the first two periods favored the Falcons 31-9. I did not have the faceoff statistics for the third period.

The Falcons are 2-3. The Packers fell to 0-4.

Austin welcomes Winona Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Faribault is on leave until Thursday, February 4 when they travel to the Rochester Rec Center to play against the John Marshall Rockets.

In other BIg Nine boys’ hockey games tonight, Owatonna beat previously undefeated Northfield 4-3. Albert Lea beat Red Wing 2-0. Mankato West shut out Winona 5-0 and Rochester Mayo clubbed John Marshall 4-0.

Riverside Arena sign Austin. I like the sign under the dashboard. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld

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Catherine J. Martinez