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Farmington, Minn., goalie explains actions, feud with coaches after scoring on own team, using explicit gesture

FARMINGTON, Minn. – Farmington senior hockey goalie Austin Krause purposely scored a goal into his own net, then showed his middle finger in the direction of the coaching staff and gave a salute before leaving the ice in the third period Tuesday night in Farmington.

The goal, scored with 3 minutes, 13 seconds remaining in the third period, tied the game 2-2. Chaska went on to win 3-2 at Schmitz-Maki Arena.

Krause posted on Facebook after the game that he had had a running dispute with head coach Keith Revels and the Farmington coaching staff over playing time and had talked with his teammates about his plan to score an own-goal before the game.

On his Facebook page, Krause wrote:

“They played this sophomore goalie for the starter, he was terrible, I would try and talk to the coaches about this and tell them I want playing time but they never really listen to me or gave me a chance to show them that I’m a better goalie but still wouldn’t trust me so I had it it with I asked a few of my players if they care if I did it and they didn’t care they thought it would be funny so at the third period they dumped it in I stopped it put in my net started to skate off then flicked the coaches not the team the coaches then I saluted them then got off.”

He added: “My hockey season is over. I did it for myself. (Like my status) if you think the coaches should quit:)”

The incident was caught on video by a Farmington High School student and had already received more than 20,000 hits by Wednesday morning. The video has been picked up by Yahoo, USA Today and Deadspin. It has since been removed by the person who posted it.

There has been plenty of behind-the-scenes controversy surrounding the season for the Tigers, who have a record of 11-12-1 heading into the final week of the regular season. Speaking to the Farmington Independent newspaper, one senior parent who asked that he not be named claimed that several senior players have been demoted to playing JV half-time, while a group of four freshmen have been given special treatment and seen lots of varsity time.

“Krause has been the goalie for the ‘A’ team all through youth hockey and put in so many hours and been a great goalie and never caused any trouble,” the parent said. “He got the shaft and got it taken away from him.

“It’s nothing against the younger kids, it’s not their decision. They’re good players, but they’re not any better than the juniors and seniors they’re replacing.”

Parents also speculated that the coaching staff’s motivation is preparing the program for its debut in the South Suburban Conference in 2014.

“Parents have talked to the coaches and they said they don’t make decisions based on the individual, but based on the entire team,” they said. “I said that I thought they were making decisions based on the 2014 team and they didn’t agree with that.”

Krause played 492 minutes in goal this season and had a record of 5-4-1 as the starter. His goals-against average was 2.8 and he stopped 87.7 percent of opponents’ shots. Sophomore Gage Overby has logged about 548 minutes while earning a 5-5 record, a 2.42 goals-against average and a 90.1 save percentage. Nick Schoening has played 203 minutes in goal and has a 2.76 goals-against average and a 1-3 record.

Overby is 5-1 for the Tigers JV team and Schoening is 9-0.

Revels has not been available for comment and athletic director Jon Summer deferred comment to Farmington High School Principal Ben Kusch, who has not yet been reached. Krause also has not been reached for comment.

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