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Boys hockey: Fourteen and counting

Farmington’s Justin Novak had a goal and two assists in Thursday night’s 3-0 shutout of Chanhassen. At 11-0-1, the Tigers are on the verge of winning their first Missota Conference championship since the mid-70s.

A slew of missed opportunities early on made for a thrilling contest when Farmington traveled to Chanhassen just over a month ago.

The Tigers failed to convert on any of their 20 shots in the first period, and fell behind 2-0. They ended up putting 63 shots on goal while rallying for a 3-2 victory and extending their winning streak to six. But the team’s slow starts continued to be an area of concern.

The winning streak continued Friday night, and this time the Tigers had no problem jumping on the Storm early. Justin Novak and Austin Martinsen scored goals during a 16-shot first period and the Tigers tightened their hold on first place in the Missota Conference with their 14th straight win, 3-0 shutout at Schmitz-Maki Arena.

“We got to a very strong goalie early, and we had a better conversion rate than the first meeting,” Farmington coach Keith Revels said. “(Their goalie) was the Old Dutch Player of the Week last week. He had 60 saves in our last meeting and 56 in their tie with New Prague last week.”

Farmington goaltender Gage Overby needed just 18 saves to keep Chanahssen out the net. The Tigers took just three penalties in front of him and managed to kill off a 5 on 3 for nearly 90 seconds in the third period.

“They blocked a number of shots and cleared rebounds on the ones that got through,” Revels said.

The Tigers finished with a 31-18 shot advantage. Martinsen’s second goal, on an assist from Novak, made it 3-0 at the 3:55 mark of the second.

John Siebenaler assisted on both first period goals and Tyler Jette added an assist.

At 11-0-1, the Tigers carry a 1 ½ game lead and the tiebreaker over second-place New Prague. Any Trojan loss or a Tiger win tonight at home against Shakopee and the Tigers lock up their first Missota Conference championship in nearly 40 years. The puck drops at 7:15 at Schmitz-Maki Arena.