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Boys hockey: Tigers start fast, win fourth straight

The Farmington boys hockey team controlled play over the first two periods and extended its winning streak to four games with a 4-1 victory over Apple Valley last Thursday at Schmitz-Maki Arena.

“It was a good win for us against a common opponent with the Lakeville schools and a future South Suburban Conference opponent,” Farmington coach Keith Revels said. “We played lights out in the first and second period.”

The Tigers outshot the Eagles 31-5 over the first 34 minutes and Chris Fitzgibbons provided the lone goal of the period at the 9:37 mark, with assists going to Grady Hauswirth and Tanner Grubb. A minute into the second, Grubb knocked in a goal of his own to make it 2-0. Linemates Hauswirth and Fitzgibbons provided assists.

“That line provided a spark, attacking the net with pressure,” Revels said.

Austin Martinsen tacked on a power-play goal, his team-leading eighth of the season, midway through the second to make it 3-0. Devin Bernu and Justin Novak assisted.

Sitting on a three-goal lead, the Tigers were outshot 13-4 in the third period. Apple Valley got in the scoring column at the 7:04 mark, but also failed to convert on a 5-on-3 power play that could have drawn the score closer. Goaltender Gage Overby kept the Eagles at arm’s length with 12 of his 17 saves in the period.

“He had a solid third period when we needed him to,” Revels said.

Novak capped the scoring at the 13:26 mark, flipping in a breakaway goal on a pass from John Siebenaler.

The Tigers (5-2) traveled to Rosemount to take on the winless Irish on Tuesday and continue their Missota Conference slate tonight at New Prague.

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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