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Freshman breaks scoring ice, FHS routs Whalers during ‘Hoe Down’

Nick Brewer will long remember the fourth annual Knoxville Hoe Down hockey tournament.

Brewer, a Hardin Valley Academy freshman, scored his first goal of the season for the Farragut Admirals’ hockey club in the Admirals 11-1 victory against the Knoxville Whalers Sunday morning, Jan. 7, at the Icearium.

“It felt great and this tournament was a lot of fun,” said Brewer, who scored Farragut’s lone goal of the third period and final marker of the Admirals’ landslide victory over a Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association rival. “All of our guys play well together and we all make good passes.

“We all play together and we know each other well even though we all don’t go to the same school.”

The Admirals wasted little time putting the Whalers away. Farragut, which was coming off a tough 4-2 loss to Father Ryan in Saturday’s last game, had to answer the bell for a 7 a.m. faceoff on Sunday morning.

Farragut, despite an early wake-up call, came ready to make short work of the Whalers.

The Admirals offense was clicking early as Farragut tallied eight times in the first period.

Farragut scored 15 seconds into the contest when Kyle Lindsay put the puck past Knoxville goaltender Grant Bauman.

The Admirals’ Gavin Gauld added a second score one second later.

Farragut took a 3-0 lead with 10:26 remaining in the first when Alex Robinson scored. Brewer was credited with an assist on the Ads’ third goal.

Lucas Despins, who recorded a hat trick, scored twice in the opening frame.

Harley Gorlewski added a pair of first-period goals and Gage Despins closed scoring in the frame.

Farragut head coach Robert Despins said he was pleased with his squad’s effort early Sunday.

“We knew coming in that we weren’t going to make the championship but what I wanted to do was get the maximum five points,” coach Despins said. “In tournament hockey, you get the two points for a win, then, you get a point for winning each period.

“We were able to do that and we got the maximum five points.”

Lucas Despins and Harrison Kinchler scored second-period goals for Farragut, which outshot the Whalers 29-10.

Brewer’s marker came with 4:15 left in the game.

The Admirals, who fell behind 3-0 against Father Ryan, got goals in that game from Gorlewski and Lucas Despins.

The Admirals opened tournament play Saturday morning with a 3-3 tie against the Columbus (Ga.) Junior Snakes.

Gage Despins, Lucas Despins and Thomas Detchemendy scored for Farragut, which was playing its first game in three weeks.

A big reason for the tie was Farragut’s success against Columbus was the Admirals’ penalty kill.

The Snakes, who scored a short-handed goal, went 0-for-3 on the power play.


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