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Girls hockey: Tigers forced to play catch-up at Shakopee

Shakopee scored a pair of short-handed goals in the first period and forged a season split of the Missota Conference series with a 4-2 victory over Farmington Thursday night at Shakopee Ice Arena.

The Sabers took an early lead with a goal at 5:30 of the first, then netted two short-handed goals in a span of 47 seconds to cap a first period where they had a 15-8 advantage in shots on goal.

The play in the second period was just as lopsided. The Sabers had a 17-7 advantage in shots on goal and scored with 11 seconds left to take a 4-1 lead into the third. Farmington got on the board at the 4:38 mark with a short-handed goal of its own by Haleigh Zwart.

The Tigers (8-15) scored again at 13:36 when Grace Vincent found the net (assist to Breanna Raske) for her first career goal, but couldn't get any closer as they lost their fourth in a row.

Goaltender Jessica Erchul stopped 38 of 42 shots.

The Tigers close out the regular season this week. They hosted winless Holy Angels Tuesday at Schmitz-Maki Arena and finish the season tonight with a road trip south to take on Northfield. The Section 1AA Tournament gets under way next Wednesday.