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Boys hockey: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory

Farmington's boys hockey team avoided going winless in the Missota Conference when it scored a 4-1 victory at Hutchinson two weeks ago.

The momentum from that game carried over into the first two periods of last Tuesday's matchup with Red Wing, but the Tigers saw a two-goal third-period lead turn into a 5-4 setback. Back at Schmitz-Maki Arena Thursday, coach Keith Revels' squad fell behind 3-0 in the first period and never mounted a serious threat in a 5-1 loss to Shakopee.

"Once again we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory," Revels said of the Red Wing game. "Played well enough to win but even with all the practice of playing with the lead we came up short."

The Tigers had a 31-26 advantage in shots on goal against Red Wing, and led 4-2 heading into the third period. The Wingers put a pair of even-strength goals past Michael Moser to tie the score, then won the game with a power-play goal at the 7:31 mark of overtime.

"We lost composure in the third and made some mental mistakes," Revels said. "We took needless penalties including one with seven seconds left in the third that led to Red Wing's power-play game-winner in overtime."

Farmington took an early lead on first-period goals by Daniel Handberg and Andrew Thomas. Tyler Grubb and Tylor Bambenek followed with goals of their own in the second.

Moser finished with 21 saves.

Trevor Zangs got the start between the pipes on Thursday and allowed three goals in a six-minute span in the first period of the 5-1 loss.

"We had a sluggish start. Trevor made some nice stops to not let the game get away from the start," Revels said.

The score was 3-0 when Farmington got its lone goal from Devin Ingebrigtson on a pass from Grubb. It was 3-1 heading into the final minute of regulation before Shakopee knocked in two late goals to pad its lead.

Zangs finished with 24 saves.

The Tigers, now 8-14-1 overall, close out the regular season this week with a road trip to Prior Lake Tuesday and a home game against Northfield tonight at Schmitz-Maki Arena.