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Boys hockey: Goals pile up for Farmington in Rochester sweep

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Boys hockey: Goals pile up for Farmington in Rochester sweep
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It didn't take the Farmington boys hockey team long to shake off its season-opening loss to Hastings.

The Tigers rebounded with a pair of road wins over section opponents last week in Rochester, first edging Rochester John Marshall 4-3 on Tuesday and then rolling to their first-ever victory over Rochester Century by a 6-0 count last Thursday at the Rochester Recreation Center.

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Thursday's game didn't become a blowout until the third period. Despite outshooting the Panthers 33-8 over the first 34 minutes, the Tigers led just 1-0. Justin Novak doubled the lead with a short-handed goal at the 5:27 mark, and then scored two more times in the next six minutes to earn his first career hat trick and spearhead a five-goal third period.

Novak scored goal No. 2 with assists from Kevin Olund and Alex Aubrect at 10:25, and then netted a power-play goal at 11:16 with assists going to Olund and Erik Holmstrom.

Tanner Grubb followed with his first career goal (assists to Chris Fitzgibbons and Corey Rudrud) and Grant Hauswirth knocked in an unassisted goal in the closing minutes.

Fitzgibbons opened the scoring with his first career goal (assists to Rudrud and Benton Olson) at 13:26 of the first.

Goaltender Nick Schoening stopped all 13 Century shots to earn the shutout.

"We really controlled the play and spent very little time on our own end," Farmington coach Keith Revels said. "We would like to net more than one (in the first two periods) with that sort of shot disparity, but you have to be pleased with the effort."

The Tigers had more luck finding the net early on against John Marshall last Tuesday.

Grant Hauswirth opened the scoring at 6:35 and Kevin Olund added a tally later in the period with an assist from Holmstrom.

The Rockets cut into the lead with their first goal at 3:24 of the second, but 30 seconds later Jack Erickson scored on a pass from Fitzgibbons to make it 3-1.

Olund's second goal, this time on the power play, stretched the visitors' lead to three goals early in the third. John Marshall responded with a pair of power-play goals of its own to creep back within a goal, but couldn't find the equalizer in the final six-plus minutes.

Goaltender Austin Krause picked up the win in his first start, stopping 15 of 18 shots. The Tigers outshot the Rockets, 28-18.

The Tigers (2-1) hosted Rosemount at Schmitz-Maki Arena Tuesday and are back at home tonight for another non-conference game, this time against Owatonna.

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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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