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Boys hockey: Tigers start fast, win fourth straight

The Farmington boys hockey team controlled play over the first two periods and extended its winning streak to four games with a 4-1 victory over Apple Valley last Thursday at Schmitz-Maki Arena.

“It was a good win for us against a common opponent with the Lakeville schools and a future South Suburban Conference opponent,” Farmington coach Keith Revels said. “We played lights out in the first and second period.”

The Tigers outshot the Eagles 31-5 over the first 34 minutes and Chris Fitzgibbons provided the lone goal of the period at the 9:37 mark, with assists going to Grady Hauswirth and Tanner Grubb. A minute into the second, Grubb knocked in a goal of his own to make it 2-0. Linemates Hauswirth and Fitzgibbons provided assists.

“That line provided a spark, attacking the net with pressure,” Revels said.

Austin Martinsen tacked on a power-play goal, his team-leading eighth of the season, midway through the second to make it 3-0. Devin Bernu and Justin Novak assisted.

Sitting on a three-goal lead, the Tigers were outshot 13-4 in the third period. Apple Valley got in the scoring column at the 7:04 mark, but also failed to convert on a 5-on-3 power play that could have drawn the score closer. Goaltender Gage Overby kept the Eagles at arm’s length with 12 of his 17 saves in the period.

“He had a solid third period when we needed him to,” Revels said.

Novak capped the scoring at the 13:26 mark, flipping in a breakaway goal on a pass from John Siebenaler.

The Tigers (5-2) traveled to Rosemount to take on the winless Irish on Tuesday and continue their Missota Conference slate tonight at New Prague.