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Boys hockey: Farmington's mistakes corrected at Kennedy
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Coming off a memorable victory over Holy Angels, the Farmington boys hockey team saw some familiar problems resurface during a pair of closely-contested Missota Conference losses to Northfield and Chanhassen last week.


Head coach Keith Revels was pleased to see some of those mistakes begin to get corrected in the Tigers' 5-2 non-conference win over Bloomington Kennedy Saturday at Bloomington Ice Garden.

"We had goals of not taking a period off, limiting our penalties and converting on our opportunities," Revels said. "Those things had escaped us the last two games, but not (Saturday)."

Grady Hauswirth was the first to cash in against Kennedy, scoring on assists from John Siebenaler and John Donnelly at 12:03 of the first period. Justin Hyytinen followed with a power-play score (assists from Kevin Olund and Erik Holmstrom) to give the visitors the lead for good.

Hauswirth added a power-play goal in the second period and Tanner Grubb added a goal to make it 4-1. Jack Erickson's wrister at 11:47 of the third capped the scoring.

"Going to the net hard and getting traffic in front of the net were key on all five goals," Revels said. "It was nice to open things up a bit offensively. We made some adjustments in the lines that seemed to help and we'll continue to do so, if need be."

The Tigers (11-11-1) outshot Kennedy, 40-35. Goaltender Gage Overby stopped 32 shots.

The Tigers had a 28-18 advantage in shots on goal last Thursday at the Victoria Recreation Center, but went just 1 of 7 on the power play and hit a couple of shots off the pipes in a 4-2 loss.

Chanhassen scored three goals in the final period, including an empty-netter with 48 seconds left.

Dallas Tucker scored a power-play goal to tie the score at 1-1 late in the second, and Holmstrom's first career tally made it 2-2 late in the third before the Storm scored its third power-play goal of the game to take the lead.

Third-period goals by Siebenaler, Justin Novak and Devin Bernu helped the Tigers battle back to force overtime last Tuesday at home against Northfield, but the Raiders scored 5:20 into overtime to escape with a conference road win.

The Raiders scored two early goals in the second, and carried a 3-1 lead into the third. Jordan Lugowski scored Farmington's lone goal in the first 38 minutes.

The Tigers lost despite a 42-27 advantage in shots on goal. Austin Krause finished with 22 saves.

Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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