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Boys hockey: Tigers rebound with rout

Farmington's Jack Erickson flips the puck past Rosemount's goaltender for the first score of last Tuesday's 6-4 loss at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The Tigers came back to defeat Owatonna on Thursday.

Owatonna's opening goal seemed to wake up the Farmington boys hockey team last Thursday night.

After the Huskies broke a scoreless tie early in the second period, the Tigers piled up eight unanswered goals in an 8-1 rout of their Section 1AA rivals at Schmitz-Maki Arena.

"We had a bit of a sluggish start. We were about as off as we have been in this young season," Farmington coach Keith Revels said. "It was a good response from us after giving up the first goal. We got better as the game went on. After we got the first one things started clicking quickly."

Tanner Grubb opened the Tiger scoring with his third goal in as many games on an assist from Jordan Lugowski. Justin Hyytinen followed with a power-play goal (assists to Justin Novak and Kevin Olund) and went on to earn his first career hat trick.

Jack Erickson (assist to Grant Hauswirth) and Alex Aubrect (assists to Erickson and Hauswirth) added goals during a five-goal second period where the Tigers outshot the Huskies, 18-8.

Erickson opened the third with his second goal and -- after Hyytinen's third score -- Lugowski capped off the scoring with an unassisted tally in the final minute. A 21-4 shot advantage in the third gave the Tigers a 48-20 edge for the game.

Austin Krause played all 51 minutes in the net and stopped 19 of 20 Owatonna shots. The Tiger defense came away 3 for 3 on penalty kills.

"Krause looked solid and came up big on a couple of occasions with defensive zone turnovers," said Revels, whose team improved to 3-0 against section opponents.

The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after a period last Tuesday night, but eventually had their home opener spoiled by visiting Rosemount. The Irish scored six goals over the final 30 minutes to grab a 6-4 non-conference victory.

Chris Fitzgibbons led the fast start with a goal 1:58 into the first (assist to Tanner Grubb). Erickson tacked on a power-play goal (assists to Devin Bernu and Grady Hauswirth) to make it 2-0.

The Irish rallied for three goals in the second period. Hyytinen's first career goal on the power play kept the score tied at 3-3 entering the third.

"The game turned very physical in the second, which does not play to our strengths, but it's something we have to play through," Revels said.

The Irish scored three more times in the third, including their second and third power-play goals, to pull away. Tanner Grubb scored Farmington's lone goal at 14:49.

The Tigers lost despite outshooting the Irish in all three periods and posting a 42-36 advantage for the game. Goaltender Krause stopped 30 shots.

The Tigers (3-2) are back at Schmitz-Maki Arena tonight for a non-conference game against Spring Lake Park.