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Girls hockey: Tigers top Irish in third-place game

Farmington won two of its three games at last weekend’s Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic. It lost 2-0 to eventual champion Rochester Century on Friday but beat Rosemount in the third place game Saturday.

There wasn’t much to separate the Farmington and Rosemount girls hockey teams in the third-place game of Farmington’s Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic. The two teams traded single goals in the first and third periods, but a two-goal second was difference in Farmington’s 4-3 win.

Farmington got on the board first on a goal from Breanna Raske at 6:50 of the first period. Danielle Wright had the assist. The Irish tied the score eight minutes later, though, on a goal by Ashlee Humble.

Farmington got goals from Ellie Moser (from Scootie Donnelly) and Madeline Oines in the second period, but Rosemount answered with a power play goal by Hannah Enright in the final minute of the period, then tied the score again on Enright’s second goal 3:31 into the third.

The game looked like it might be headed to overtime, but Moser sent the Tigers home winners with 30 seconds left on the clock. Breanna Raske and Tyler Words provided assists.

Farmington had 39 shots in the game to 32 for Rosemount.

The win was the second in three games for the Tigers, who opened their home tournament Thursday with a 3-1 win over Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato. Kaitlyn LaCroix opened the scoring in the first period with an assist from McKenna Cavanaugh. Litchfield tied the score in the second, but Cavanaugh got a goal of her own to put Farmington in the lead again, then scored her second goal in the third period to put the game away.

Farmington lost to eventual tournament champion Rochester Century 2-0 on Friday.

“We played three solid games throughout the tournament,” Farmington coach Jon Holmes said. “As a team we certainly have been establishing a reputation as a group that works hard, is aggressive and will play until the final buzzer. Our biggest challenge is now to add the description that we will finish as well.”

Scootie Donnelly was named to the all tournament team for her performance over the weekend. Goalie Molly Singewald was also singled out by Holmes for her play.

“Our defense held the two leading scorers in the state to just two goals,” Holmes said. “Our offense had chance after chance especially early to give us a few goal lead in the opening minute but we just couldn’t capitalize.”

Rosemount also opened the tournament strong, turning three first–period goals into a 4-1 win over Rochester Mayo. Hannah Enright got the game’s first goal on assists from Alex Malecha and Kristen Reuter, then Reuter added two goals of her own, the first on assists from Humble and Malecha. Malecha got Rosemount’s final goal in the second period on an assist from Reuter.

Rosemount lost 2-0 to Chaska in their second game.

Farmington’s JV team won two of three games to take third place in the JV Classic tournament hosted by Hastings.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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