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Girls hockey: Girls hockey holds up against the best

Going into last week, a casual observer might have thought it hard to get a read on the Farmington girls hockey team because of the opponents the Tigers were set to play.

Facing the No. 17 and No. 5 teams in the state, Farmington had as tough a week as it might have this year, schedule-wise. But the Tigers weren't going to let it end up as tough as it seemed on paper.

Playing at No. 17 Holy Angels on Tuesday and at home against No. 5 Edina on Saturday, Farmington handled itself well in perhaps its toughest two games of the season.

The Tigers lost 5-4 at Holy Angels and 5-2 against Edina. But coach Jon Holmes was pleased with his young team.

"Regardless of losing to another tough team, I think the girls realized that when they play well, they are able to stick with even the best teams in the state," Holmes said. "Hopefully, over the next few weeks, we will be able to catapult off of these games and play with that same high intensity in all our games to come."

The game against Edina offered the chance for Farmington to fold early, but the Tigers overcame the scenario.

Edina scored twice in the first period to take a 2-0 lead, but Farmington answered back with a goal from Hannah Alexander. Grace Gavin had the assist.

After another pair of Edina goals put them down 4-1, the Tigers again tried to stay in the game.

Grace scored midway through the third period on assists from Alexander and Angie Schull to make it a 4-2 game before Edina added a goal late.

"They are the best team we have played this year and they were well coached," Holmes said. "We did a nice job of skating stride for stride with them and playing a complete game. Being such a young team, I was pleased to see how well we battled throughout all three periods."

Brittany Braatz made 32 saves in goal.

Against Holy Angels, Farmington scored first with Krystal Baumann finding the back of the net. The teams were tied 1-1 heading into the first intermission and 3-3 into the second intermission.

Alexander had two goals in the second period.

But, Holy Angels scored twice in the third to take a two-goal lead before Rachel Peroutky scored at 15:30 in the third.

"We played well and had a couple of real nice chances to tie it up late in the third," Holmes said. "Despite losing, we made some nice steps toward becoming a more well-rounded team."

Farmington plays host to New Prague on Saturday, Dec. 20 before hosting the Farmington holiday tournament from Dec. 29-31.