The Missota Conference hasn’t been kind to the Farmington boys hockey team so far this season.
The Tigers, winners of 11 games a year ago, were standing at 7-2-1 and riding a six-game winning streak after three lopsided wins at the Waseca Tournament in late December. The team opened league play with a 13-1 loss to fifth-ranked Holy Angels on Jan. 5 and hasn’t won since, dropping six straight games.
Farmington hasn’t managed a win in four Missota Conference games dating back to a 13-1 drubbing by fifth-ranked Holy Angels 16 days ago.
But the team did find a bit of a spark Thursday night at Prairie Island Arena in Red Wing, where it held a third-period lead before falling to Red Wing, 4-3. The Wingers were 8-1 winners in last year’s matchup.
Farmington’s first appearance in the Waseca Holiday Tournament was a successful one.
The Tigers rattled off three straight victories by a combined score of 23-6, including a 4-1 win over Mankato East/Loyola on Wednesday afternoon, to capture the championship.
Farmington hockey coach Keith Revels was frustrated with his team’s inability to put together three solid periods during a stretch earlier this month where the Tigers saw early 2-0 leads turn into a pair of losses and a tie against Faribault, Winona and Owatonna.
Farmington’s boys hockey team hasn’t been taking full advantage of the fast starts it has gotten out to in its four games so far this season.
The Tigers have jumped out to 2-0 first-period leads in each of their four contests, yet a loss and a tie last week dropped them to 1-2-1 heading into this week’s games against St. Peter/L-H/Le Center/M-L and Dodge County.
Farmington opened its boys hockey season with a 5-2 win over Rochester John Marshall last Tuesday, but it was the play in the third period of last Thursday’s loss at Faribault that had coach Keith Revels optimistic his team might be ready to move forward from last year’s 11-15-1 campaign.
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