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Girls hockey: Shutout gets Tigers in win column

The Farmington girls hockey team didn’t have much of a problem scoring goals while losing its first three games of the season.

The Tigers found the net seven times in those three contests. Their issue was stopping the other team as Hastings, Rochester John Marshall and Irondale rang up a combined 15 goals in those three games.

It was a little bit of a surprise, then, that it took a defensive battle to finally get the Tigers in the win column last Tuesday night. Rival Northfield came to Schmitz-Maki Arena for the final Missota Conference opener for both teams and the Tigers skated away with a 1-0 victory.

Megan Stivers scored the game’s lone goal 30 seconds into the first period and both teams were held in check the rest of the way. Michaela Tonsager and Madeline Oines provided assists.

The Tigers out-shot the Raiders 32-20 and goaltender Molly Singewald turned away all 20 shots to pick up the win.

The Tigers were back at home Friday night and suffered a 7-2 setback in a matchup with future South Suburban Conference foe Eastview.

The Lightning knocked in a pair of goals in the first period, and then pulled away with four more to take a 6-0 lead in the second.

Stivers broke up the shutout with a goal at 16:43 of the second (assists to Oines and Tonsager) and tacked on her second goal unassisted in the closing minutes of the third period.

Maddie Bowe got the start in goal for Farmington and stopped 22 Lightning shots.

The Tigers (1-4) are back in action tonight when they hit the road to take on Rochester Century. They return home for a Missota Conference game against Chaska/Chanhassen.