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Farmington sophomore Shelby Klotz skates with the puck during Friday's 1-0 loss to Apple Valley at the Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic.

Girls hockey: Tigers offensive woes continue at Schmitz Holiday Classic

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Girls hockey: Tigers offensive woes continue at Schmitz Holiday Classic
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For the second straight year Farmington came away with three straight losses at its own Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic.

The Tigers continued to struggle on the offensive end as their losing streak stretched to eight games. They outshot eighth-ranked (Class 1A) Mound-Westonka 49-25, but came away with a 5-1 loss in Thursday's first-round game at Schmitz-Maki Arena. In Friday's consolation bracket game, the team came up empty on all 22 of its shots and was shut out for the fourth time this season in a 1-0 loss to Apple Valley.


The Tigers once again posted a 31-29 shot advantage in Saturday's seventh-place game, but Rosemount came away with a 2-1 victory.

"Our final half of the season will be determined on how much better we can get at shooting the puck," Farmington coach Jon Holmes said. "With playing good defense zone and getting the puck to the net, the future could be bright... we've got to get some zip on our shots."

Eastview won the tournament title, defeating Shakopee 4-2 and 18th-ranked (Class 2A) Hastings 2-1 before blanking Park of Cottage Grove 7-0 in the championship game. The Lightning entered the tournament with a record of 3-9-1.

Senior captain Grace Gavin had a hand in both of Farmington's tournament goals. She broke up Mound-Westonka's shutout bid in the tournament opener with an unassisted goal late in the second period. Against Rosemount, she assisted on Michaela Tonsager's power-play goal that tied the score at 1-1 in the first.

Tiger goaltender Molly Singewald came on strong in the final two games of the tournament. She stopped 26 of 26 shots against Apple Valley and 27 of 29 shots against Rosemount. Maddie Bowe had 20 saves against Mound-Westonka.

The Tigers resume their Missota Conference schedule tonight with a road trip to Richfield to take on Holy Angels. They are back home Tuesday against No. 17 (Class 1A) Northfield.

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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