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Boys hockey: FHS is all even heading into Missota

The Farmington boys hockey team split a pair of 4-3 home contests late last week to close out its pre-conference schedule with a record of 4-4.

The Tigers won by that count last Thursday against Spring Lake Park, and then lost by the same score Saturday against Rochester Mayo Saturday at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The setback left them 3-1 against section opponents.

"It would have been nice to have a clean sweep of section teams we play, but 3-1 is pretty solid," Farmington coach Keith Revels said. "I see Mayo at or very near the top of the Big Nine this season. We had our chances, but Mayo's goalie was very solid.... Giving up three goals in the third period hurts, especially at home."

The Tigers entered the third period against Mayo leading 2-1 thanks to Grant Hauswirth's goal at 13:54 of the second (assist to Austin Krause). The Spartans took the lead with a pair of goals early in the third. Farmington's Benton Olson scored his first career goal on an assist from Chris Fitzgibbons to tie the score, but just eight seconds later the visitors scored the game-winner.

Alex Aubrect (assists to Corey Rudrud and Tanner Grubb) also scored a goal for the Tigers.

Krause played all 51 minutes in goal and stopped 21 shots. Mayo finished with a 25-22 edge in shots on goal.

The Tigers held a 36-27 shot advantage in Thursday's win over Spring Lake Park.

"We did a much better job applying pressure and creating turnovers all over the rink," Revels said.

Justin Novak gave the home team the lead with a goal 29 seconds into the first period. Justin Hyytinen and Kevin Olund provided assists. Grant Hauswirth's goal with three seconds left in the first made it 2-1.

Spring Lake Park tied the score with a power-play goal midway through the second, and then took the lead with a short-handed tally at the 16:03 mark. Just nine seconds later Corey Rudrud re-tied the score with a power-play goal that was the first of his varsity career (assists to Erik Holmstrom and Dallas Tucker).

Hauswirth went top-shelf for the game-winner 29 seconds into the third period and goaltender Gage Overby stopped all eight of Spring Lake Park's third-period shots to preserve the lead. Overby finished with 24 saves.

The Tigers open their Missota Conference slate tomorrow night when they host 20th-ranked (Class 1A) New Prague.