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Boys hockey: Losing streak reaches six

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. Last week featured two of those setbacks, a 3-0 loss Tuesday at Shakopee and a 7-3 loss to Prior Lake Friday at Schmitz-Maki Arena.

The Lakers (10-6) pulled away with a five-goal barrage in the second period. A goal by Tylor Bambenek on a pass from Andrew Thomas briefly made it 3-2 at the 5:20 mark, but the Lakers got the goal back 26 second later and added goals at 6:42, 13:36 and 14:32 to stretch their advantage to 7-2.

Sophomore goaltender Trevor Zangs stopped 32 of 39 Prior Lake shots.

"Not as bad as it looked. We got down and kept playing, which is progress for us," Farmington coach Keith Revels said. "We had a couple of lone players in front, numerous two- and three-on-ones that, if we score, on it looks much closer than the final score showed.... We are going to keep plugging away and hope that we can turn things around."

The Tigers fell behind 2-0 in the first four minutes, but cut the deficit in half by the end of the first thanks to a goal by Devin Ingebrigtson on a pass from Thomas. Freshman Kevin Olund added his second goal of the year in the closing minutes with the assist going to Zachary Payne.

The offense produced just 22 shots and no goals in last Tuesday's loss at Shakopee Arena.

The Sabers scored just 13 seconds in after a defensive breakdown and were able to turn that lead into their seventh win of the season. The score stayed 1-0 until the third when two more shots got by Zangs (18 saves).

"Very winnable game for us," Revels said. "Zangs kept the game close. We had some chances on power play, but nothing to show for it. Not really our best effort.... We need to play better and more consistently or we may finish the season with seven wins."

The Tigers were back in action Tuesday when they traveled south to take on Northfield. The second trip through the conference schedule begins tonight with a road trip to Richfield to take on Holy Angels.