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Boys hockey: Tigers split in opening week

One of the most dominant third periods coach Keith Revels could remember wasn’t enough for Farmington to rally past Hastings Saturday afternoon.

Trailing by a goal, the Tigers outshot the visitors 17-0 over the final 17 minutes, but couldn’t net a goal in a 2-1 loss at Schmitz-Maki Arena. Four goals were waved off, including three in the third period, as the Tigers lost for the first time on the young season.Farmington senior forward Dallas Tucker skates with the puck during Saturday’s loss to Hastings.

“I can’t remember ever holding a team to no shots in the third period of a game before. It certainly does not happen often. We showed a lot of determination and played through some adversity and I believe we came away a better team than we started with,” Revels said. “I couldn’t see from the bench if the puck made it in or not, but the reactions of the players indicated maybe the puck found the net. Not sure what to make of it, we just seemed unable to get a goal to count when we needed it.”

Hastings held a 23-18 shot advantage over the first two periods and carried a 2-0 lead into the third. Dallas Tucker finally got the Tigers on the board at the 3:28 mark, with assists going to Erik Holmstrom and Justin Novak.

Nick Schoening got his first start of the season in front the net and stopped 23 Hastings shots.

“Finishing and winning tight games continue to be our nemesis, but we’re certainly playing well and competing,” Revels said. “Nick Schoening had a solid night for us, we had a couple too many penalties and there were a lot of close calls at the opposing net. That pretty much sums up the night.”

The Tigers opened the season with a 4-3 home victory over Rochester John Marshall last Thursday.

John Siebenaler and Justin Novak scored goals as the Tigers outshot the Rockets 17-4 in the opening period. Holmstrom, Tucker, Grady Hauswirth and Tanner Grubb supplied assists.

John Marshall scored late in the first period and the score stayed 2-1 until the third. Austin Martinsen then put the Tigers back up by a pair with a power-play goal at the 4:33 mark. Holmstrom and Jake Trippel assisted.

Novak scored his second goal later in the period to push the Farmington lead to 4-2. Trippel and Chris Fitzgibbons assisted.

Tiger goaltender Gage Overby stopped 16 shots to pick up the win.

The Tigers (1-1) make their first road trip of the season Saturday when they head north to take on Eagan at Eagan Civic Arena.