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Girls hockey: Tigers forced to play catch-up at Shakopee

Shakopee scored a pair of short-handed goals in the first period and forged a season split of the Missota Conference series with a 4-2 victory over Farmington Thursday night at Shakopee Ice Arena.

The Sabers took an early lead with a goal at 5:30 of the first, then netted two short-handed goals in a span of 47 seconds to cap a first period where they had a 15-8 advantage in shots on goal.

The play in the second period was just as lopsided. The Sabers had a 17-7 advantage in shots on goal and scored with 11 seconds left to take a 4-1 lead into the third. Farmington got on the board at the 4:38 mark with a short-handed goal of its own by Haleigh Zwart.

The Tigers (8-15) scored again at 13:36 when Grace Vincent found the net (assist to Breanna Raske) for her first career goal, but couldn't get any closer as they lost their fourth in a row.

Goaltender Jessica Erchul stopped 38 of 42 shots.

The Tigers close out the regular season this week. They hosted winless Holy Angels Tuesday at Schmitz-Maki Arena and finish the season tonight with a road trip south to take on Northfield. The Section 1AA Tournament gets under way next Wednesday.

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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