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Boys hockey: Tigers fall in SSC preview

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Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

On Saturday the Farmington boys hockey team got a taste of what life will be like in the South Suburban Conference beginning next season.

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The Tigers couldn’t net a goal, but didn’t look overmatched against an Eagan team that pulled away to the conference championship with a record of 23-4-1 a season ago. The Wildcats scored a goal in each of the first two periods and skated to a 2-0 win at Eagan Civic Arena.Farmington junior forward Justin Novak skates with the puck during a recent home game. The Tigers fell 2-0 at Eagan on Saturday.

“It was a pretty good preview of South Suburban hockey. It was fast-paced and physical. There was no goal to speak of, but we did not look out of place,” Farmington coach Keith Revels said. “We had our chances and played them tough.”

Eagan put 32 shots on Farmington goaltender Gage Overby, who finished with 30 saves in his second start of the season.

“Overby had a good day in net. Both he and Schoening need more goal support,” Revels said. “We have to find a way to win when giving up two or less.”

The Tigers came up empty on all 27 of their shots and went 0 for 6 on the power play. They have scored just five goals in three games this season.

“Twenty-seven shots is not a bad number. We need to convert our opportunities at a better percentage,” Revels said.

The Tigers (1-2) opened Missota Conference play Tuesday with a long road trip to Red Wing to face the Wingers. They’re back at Schmitz-Maki Arena tonight for a non-league game against Rochester Century.

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