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Girls hockey: Rough week drops Tigers' record to 8-14

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One bad minute resulted in three Maple Grove goals Monday night, capping off one bad week that resulted in three Farmington losses.

Farmington (8-14) trailed Maple Grove 1-0 in the third period when the Crimson reeled off three goals in a 58-second span to put the game away. The Tigers were outshot 33-7 as they were shut out for the fourth time this season.

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Senior goaltender Jessica Erchul stopped 29 shots.

Erchul allowed seven goals and back-up Ashley Corcoran yielded two more Friday night as eighth-ranked (Class 1A) Red Wing put 63 shots on goal and scored three goals in each period of a 9-3 romp at Schmitz-Maki Arena.

The Tigers kept pace early, scoring three goals in the first 11-plus minutes and going into the first break tied at 3-3. Haley Doll made it a 1-1 game with a goal 7:19 into the game (assists to Rachael Welzin and Grace Gavin) and Chloe Batta followed with a goal on an assist from Michaela Tonsager just over three minutes later to give the home team the lead.

Batta scored again at 11:10 to make it 3-2 Farmington, but the Wingers reeled off the game's next seven goals as they improved to 14-5-1.

Erchul finished with 50 saves.

Another ranked 1A team proved to be a challenge for the Tigers last Tuesday. Sixth-ranked Blake put 53 shots on goal and defended its home ice with an 8-1 victory.

It was 3-0 by the time Betsy Anderson got Farmington on the board with a goal 3:27 into the second (assist to Batta). The Bears took control with four goals in the second period as they moved ahead, 6-1.

Erchul saved 45 shots.

Farmington is back in action tonight when it travels to Shakopee. At 4-5 in the Missota Conference, the Tigers can still finish third if they can win their final three games against the Sabers, Holy Angels and Northfield, three teams they've already defeated this season.

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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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