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Boys hockey: Stars, Trojans make for tough first week in Missota

Farmington's six-game winning streak came to a screeching halt when its Missota Conference schedule got underway last week.

The Tigers managed to keep pace with perennial power Holy Angels for three minutes before falling 13-1 in last Tuesday's league opener at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The Stars, ranked fifth in Class AA, scored four goals in the first period and rolled to their first victory in four tries.

Farmington had trouble bouncing back from the lopsided defeat, returning to the ice Friday night for a 6-0 loss to New Prague at the New Prague Community Center.

"The Holy Angels hangover was still lingering," Farmington coach Keith Revels said. "We knew New Prague would play hard, especially at home. They stop and start, move their feet and finish every check. It's no coincidence that our goal is to play that very same way.... We need to regroup for next week. All our remaining games are against teams that will beat us if we don't execute, stop and start, and finish checks."

The Tigers managed to stay with New Prague throughout the first period, but couldn't find the net on several 2-on-1 and 3-on-1 opportunities.

The Trojans took advantage with a goal 12 seconds before the end of the first, then extended their lead to 3-0 with a pair of shots past Farmington goaltender Trevor Zangs in the first four minutes of the second.

New Prague ended up with a 31-13 advantage in shots on goal as the Tigers, now 7-4-1, were shut out for the first time this season.

The Tigers also managed just 13 shots on goal in the loss to Holy Angels. Their lone goal came at the 11:07 mark of the second period when junior Tyler Grubb scored his team-leading 16th goal on passes from junior Daniel Handberg and junior Matt Provost. The score made it 9-1, but the Stars added another goal in the period to make it 10-1 heading to the third.

Zangs got the start and saved 19 shots. Aaron Dahl came on in the second period and stopped 23 shots.

"They are a very talented team. They took it to us from the drop of the puck," Revels said. "Hoping we could hang tough, but we did not respond very well to adversity. Did not leave that game better than we started and that was our end goal regardless of score. Hoping when we see them again we continue to play hard regardless of what is on the scoreboard."

The Tigers face another pair of Missota Conference foes this week. They hosted Hutchinson on Tuesday and will travel east tonight to take on Red Wing at Prairie Island Arena.