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Girls hockey: Offense finds its groove

Farmington goaltender Molly Singewald stopped 26 of 29 shots in a pair of Tiger victories last week.

The Farmington girls hockey team continued its recent offensive surge with a season-high five goals in its 5-3 Missota Conference win over Holy Angels Friday night at Schmitz-Maki Arena.

Since being shut out in back to back games in mid-December, the Tigers have doubled their average shot total from 15 to 30 and scored nearly three goals per game while going 4-2.

“The last three weeks have been very eye opening for the girls. They are beginning to see their dedication, hard work and determination come to fruition,” Farmington coach Jon Holmes said. “We certainly have much work left to get where these girls need to be by the end of the season, but their recent success is very well earned.”

Breanna Raske got the scoring started against Holy Angels, finding the net at the 10:34 mark of the first period on a pass from Ellie Moser. The Stars briefly tied the score, but Madeline Oines responded with the first of her two goals to make it 2-1 Tigers heading into the second. Megan Stivers assisted.

The Tigers continued to dominate the puck in the second, out-shooting the Stars 17-3. Oines knocked in her second goal (assists to Stivers and Michaela Tonsager) and Shelby Klotz added a goal to make it 4-1 heading into the third.

The Stars scored a pair of quick power-play goals to make it a one-goal game, but Tyler Words found the net at the 8:39 mark (assist to Rachael Welzin) to put the home team back in front, 5-3.

“We cannot allow three goals on 15 shots.... The two third period goals they got on us were again power-play goals and we must be cognizant of the small battles we have overcome throughout the year and not trade one good habit for a former bad one that plagued us for the first part of the season,” Holmes said.

Molly Singewald started between the pipes and stopped 12 shots to earn her third straight win and sixth overall this season. Singewald stopped all 14 of St. Louis Park’s shots in Farmington’s 3-0 shutout victory last Tuesday.

The Tigers (6-9-1) continued their Missota Conference schedule Tuesday at Northfield. They are back at home tomorrow night for a non-league bout with Hudson (Wis.).