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Girls hockey: Winning streak brings Tigers to the top

The Wingers had a simple game plan heading into Friday night's Missota conference road contest with Farmington -- stop the line featuring Krystal Baumann.

For two periods, Red Wing did just that, but Baumann had two goals and one assist in the third period as Farmington handed Red Wing its third consecutive loss, 4-1. With the win, the Tigers extended their winning streak to four games and took over sole possession of first place in the Missota Conference at 7-1.

Red Wing took a 1-0 lead after one period of play on a Lydia Wagner goal at 4:00 with an assist going to Annie Gorman. Farmington evened things up in the second period.

"Things were going as planned then things just spun a little out of control early in the third," Red Wing coach Scott Haley said. He added: "You could only hold (Baumann) off for so long."

Baumann scored two even-strength goals four minutes apart early in the final period and assisted on the last goal scored by Angie Schull at 15:10.

Lisa Nibbe was between the pipes for Red Wing (11-7, 5-3 Missota Conference) and saw 30 shots while her teammates had 22 shots on goal. Farmington sophomore goaltender Jessica Erchul allowed just one of those shots to reach the net as she picked up her 12th win of the season.

Haley noted that Farmington gives his team matchup issues that played a part in Red Wing's loss. Farmington plays a physical game and has a size advantage over the Wingers.

"They really don't get their goals in a pretty manner but they really crash the net and cycle the puck well," Haley said.

The Tigers proved to be just as tough of a matchup for Hutchinson three days earlier when they scored three goals apiece in each of the first two periods of an eventual 8-0 victory at Hutchinson.

Baumann finished with three goals and an assist, her fifth game with at least three goals this season, and extended her streak of consecutive games with a goal to 17. She has scored a goal in 32 of 36 games and totaled 55 goals dating back to the beginning of last season.

Several players got in on the goal-scoring action against Hutchinson. Schull scored twice and dished out two assists, Rachel Peroutky scored a goal and added two assists and Grace Gavin and Hannah Alexander each knocked in goals as the Tigers fired 44 shots to Hutch's nine.

Erchul stopped all nine shots for her second shutout of the season.