Boys hockey: In the win column
Farmington's boys hockey team had to travel about 80 miles to the northwest to find the end to its 10-game losing streak.
The Tigers made the long trip to Hutchinson Friday night and earned their first Missota Conference win of the season while also spoiling the home team's Senior Night with a 4-1 victory at Burich Arena. The decision also served as revenge for a 5-2 loss to Hutchinson in mid-January at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
"Nice to end the slide. It's been tough on everyone," Farmington coach Keith Revels said. "We're playing better and better as we make our second trip through the conference schedule."
The Tigers have gotten a boost the last two games from goaltender Mike Moser, who stopped 21 of 23 shots last Monday against New Prague and saved 23 of 24 shots at Hutchinson. Moser missed the first part of the season with an injury sustained during soccer season and had been playing JV before getting called into varsity action last week.
"He is small but very quick," Revels said. "Can't blame the losing streak on any one thing -- goaltending included -- but his numbers are very good over the past two games."
Moser was staked to an early lead Friday when Tyler Grubb scored on a pass from Justin Rees at the 10:44 mark of the first. Hutchinson tied the game early in the second, but a power-play goal by Jacob Sorenson and a goal by Devin Ingebrigtson (assists from Grubb and Andrew Peterson) gave the visiting Tigers a 3-1 advantage heading into the third.
Grubb netted another goal, his team-leading 20th of the season, just 1:41 into the third to cap the scoring. Farmington ended up with a 30-24 advantage in shots on goal.
"Nice to see some scoring return and not at the expense of playing solid defensively," Revels said. "We seemed more relaxed and were having some fun at Hutchinson but still played with intensity and effort."
The Tigers, now 8-12-1 overall, close out the regular season with home games against Red Wing and Shakopee this week, followed by a road game at Prior Lake next Tuesday and a home game against Northfield next Thursday.
"We have some more winnable games if we can continue to play like we have the last two," Revels said. "Right time of the year for things to come together if we can pull it off."