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Girls Hockey: Tigers trample Century

Farmington took out some of the frustration of last Thursday's season-opening loss to Hastings with an 8-0 rout of Rochester Century Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers built a 5-0 advantage in the game's first 11 minutes and went on to bombard Century goaltender Liz Maidl with 69 shots on goal.

"We had a lot of chances. Their goalie actually played pretty well to hold us to eight goals," second-year Farmington coach Jon Holmes said. "We had a lot of shots inside the slot and a lot of different girls getting shots."

Haleigh Zwart opened the scoring with a power play goal just over five minutes into the first period. A minute later, Emily Severson followed with her first varsity goal to make it 2-0.

The rest of the goals came from more likely sources. Krystal Baumann, Hannah Alexander and Katie LaDue each put the puck in the back of the net in a 27-second span late in the first period, and each added a second goal over the final 34 minutes of action.

"It was nice to see our veterans step up to the plate, if we have veterans," Holmes said, referring to his lineup of returning underclassmen. "We did a nice job of keeping the pressure on them the whole time. It was a nice bounce-back after Hastings. It was a lot like last year."

Last year, the Tigers were dealt a 7-2 loss by Hastings in their season opener, then got some confidence back with a 7-1 thrashing of Dodge County. This season opened in a similar fashion, with the Raiders claiming a 4-2 victory last Thursday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena.

The Tigers briefly tied the score late in the first period when Baumann knocked in her first goal of the season, with assists from Laura Dahl and Alexander.

Hastings put two goals past senior goaltender Brittany Braatz (24 saves) in the second period to move ahead 3-1. A goal by Rachel Peroutky (assist by Baumann) cut the Farmington deficit back to a single goal, but Hastings scored again just 23 seconds later to push its advantage to 4-2.

"Hastings was a good team to play," Holmes said. "They're usually a top team in their conference and they have a few players who were supporting players last year back this year."

The Tigers played short-handed for parts of the game, with Severson, Dahl, Zwart and Peroutky all missing time due to a band concert.

"Those four players are in our top two lines. You never want to coach when you don't have your lines together," Holmes said. "The last week and a half we've been practicing with these lines and that fragmented. We had a few girls stepped up who had never played varsity before and they did well."

The Tigers played again Tuesday night at Dodge County and they will resume their non-conference slate tonight with a home game against Rochester John Marshall. Holmes said as the season progresses his focus will remain on teaching the team's system to his young players.

"A lot of them have been playing hockey since they were really young and they have to learn the different philosophies that go with facing different teams," he said. "There are different forechecks and different zones for different situations. High school hockey has a little more thinking involved and they have to get that aspect of it down. That will take a while."