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Girls hockey: Tigers control conference destiny

Despite a 4-3 loss at Prior Lake on Thursday, the Missota Conference is still Farmington's to win with four games remaining.

The Tigers sit at 8-2-0 in the league -- just ahead of second-place Prior Lake's 7-2-1 mark -- but their final four regular season games are against teams they have already beaten this season. This week's schedule calls for home games against Northfield and Holy Angels, then the final week of the regular season features a Monday road trip to New Prague and a Thursday finale against Hutchinson at Schmitz-Maki Arena.

"We have taken control of our own destiny as far as winning the conference goes," coach Jon Holmes said. "A team can't ask for anything more than that. So, if we can realize what a fortunate set of events has happened in our favor and capitalize on it, we might just accomplish one of our colossal goals."

Farmington improved its position dramatically last Tuesday with a 6-2 thumping of a Shakopee team that had upset them 3-1 in an early-December showdown in Shakopee.

"Huge win," Holmes said. "I had a good inkling that it would be a much different result than the first time we met in Shakopee. I felt like we out-played them there the first time but we got beat by our lack of experience against quality teams. We have matured both physically and mentally a great deal in such a short period of time."

Junior forward Krystal Baumann once again led the Tiger offense with her sixth straight multi-goal game. Baumann and Hannah Alexander each scored twice and Alexander added a pair of assists.

Eight players provided at least one assist for the offense, including Katelyn Burgess, Sydney Schoenecker, Molly Friedlund, Grace Gavin, Rachel Peroutky and Angie Schull.

Sophomore goaltender Jessica Erchul held Shakopee in check, allowing two goals while making 24 saves.

The Tigers built a 35-26 advantage in shots on goal Thursday night at Prior Lake, but the Lakers were able to skate away with a 4-3 victory at Dakotah Ice Center.

Baumann, Alexander and Schull each scored single goals for the Tigers, now 13-7-1 overall. Betsy Anderson had two assists.

Erchul finished with 22 saves.