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Farmington hockey teams fall in regional round of state tournament

By: Mike Moore | Farmington Press | Published March 8, 2016

 Farmington United coach Ken Anderson talks things over with Daniel Bartlett at a practice last month. The Flyers fell to Novi Detroit Catholic Central in a D-1 playoff opener.

Farmington United coach Ken Anderson talks things over with Daniel Bartlett at a practice last month. The Flyers fell to Novi Detroit Catholic Central in a D-1 playoff opener.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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FARMINGTON HILLS — At the time of the season when upsets are part of the playoff landscape, the Farmington United hockey team faced one heck of an uphill challenge in last week’s Division 1 regional semifinal.

And in the end, there would be no upset story developing.

“They have 16 seniors, a ton of skill and a ton of depth,” United coach Ken Anderson said a day after his guys lost to Novi Detroit Catholic Central 8-0 in a March 2 game at USA Hockey Arena. “We battled hard. I like what our guys did, but we just didn’t have enough.”

The main bright spot in the lopsided loss was United senior goalie Thomas Bacon, who finished the game with 52 saves.

“He played incredible,” Anderson said. “Usually, you wouldn’t say that about a goalie when you lose by eight, but he kept us in the game a lot longer than it could have been.”

The Flyers closed the season at 8-19-0, but Anderson focused more of his attention when assessing the year on how his guys played down the stretch.

They started the season with four consecutive losses and were 3-11-0 before ending the regular season on a 5-7-0 run.

“As a coach, you want to get better throughout the year, and I thought we did that,” Anderson said. “We were very young and inexperienced in a lot of positions, so it took some time.”

The Flyers had just six seniors on the roster, and a number of the older players were taking part in varsity hockey for the first time.

Anderson knows there will be work to do before next year gets going, especially with the team’s top three goal scorers — Brandon Glasser (12), Andrew Nathan (11) and Jack Cikra (11) — all set to graduate.

But he will return a majority of the roster.

“The hope is you find a way to improve,” he said. “We have guys that got some good experience. That’s something that helps.”


Farmington falls to Country Day
In the D-3 bracket, Farmington High had its season come to a close in a 2-0 loss to Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day on March 1.

The Falcons, who closed the regular season on a 5-2-0 run, ended the season with a 15-10-1 record.

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