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Farmington tops Rosemount in wild third period

Freshman Savannah Hutchins of Rosemount brings the puck up the ice but is challenged. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 3
Farmington and Rosemount skaters compete for the puck during the Tigers' 7-4 win at Schmitz-Maki Arena last week. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 3
Farmington scored five goals in the third period, including four in a row, as the Rosemount defense struggled to close out the game. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 3

The third period of the Farmington vs. Rosemount girls' hockey game was superb Jan. 17, and the previous two periods were not too shabby either. Both teams combined for eight goals in the final period that featured two comebacks and five goals in less than five minutes.

Eventually though, there had to be a winner and Farmington came out on top 7-4.

The Tigers are now 14-6 overall on the season and tied for second in the South Suburban Conference, while the Irish are 5-14-1 and winless in the SSC.

The game

Farmington dominated possession for most of the game, especially the first period, but the Rosemount defense was able to hold up under the onslaught. The Tigers scored first midway through the opening period on a power-play goal from senior Ellie Moser, assisted by fellow senior Emily Rubins. They then extended that lead to 2-0 in the second period after freshman Carly Lancaster put the puck in the back of the net with help from junior Marissa Agerter.

Later in the second, the Irish responded and jumped right back in the game with a goal on a power play from junior Emma Ginter, assisted by eighth-grader Whitney Tuttle and freshman Lucy Jagoe. Farmington outshot Rosemount 32-8 through the first two periods but only led 2-1.

The Tigers looked to put the game away with a quick goal on a power play to start the third from junior Cassie Knutson (assisted by Agerter). However, this is when the fireworks started.

Freshman Kiersten Browning scored just over seven minutes into the third, assisted by W. Tuttle and sophomore Carly Bohl.

After cutting the Tigers' lead to 3-2, Rosemount tied the game less than a minute later on a goal by freshman Ava Nygaard (W. Tuttle and Ginter) where the Irish were able to crowd the goal.

Less than two minutes after that, Nygaard, Tuttle and Ginter repeated their performance, this time on a rebounded puck to take the lead with less than seven minutes left in the game.

Rosemount had all the momentum after three straight goals, but Farmington did not panic. The Tigers scored less than a minute after the Irish took the lead on a goal by Rubins, assisted by Knutson, to tie the game at four apiece. From there, Farmington put the game away as the Rosemount defense broke.

Rubins scored again with help from Lancaster and Moser added a goal all in the span of nine seconds, then junior Jenna Gerold added an insurance goal two minutes later to give the Tigers the 7-4 victory.

Rosemount

Rosemount head coach Andrew Conboy said he liked how his team competed.

"Our girls never gave up and stuck with it," he said. "Even when the bounces were not going our way we battled through it. We started to chip more pucks in the third period instead of trying to go through girls."

He added that they will need to continue finding offense like they did in the third period, but the defense needs to be better.

"Wasn't the best game from our defensive core, as you can see we gave up 60 shots," Conboy said. "It was a 'bend, don't break' type of game in our own end. We had tough time getting the puck out consistently and played way to much in our own end. A few mental mistakes in the end cost us a goal. We took a penalty right after we go up and they scored to tie it."

Conboy finished by saying that his team is headed in the right direction as the approach section playoffs.

"We are so close to taking another step as a team and that's encouraging to see right before we head into sections," he said. "The girls have to be more disciplined and learn how to close games out when we have the lead."

Rosemount played Minnehaha United on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and then hosted Osseo/Park Center on Thursday, Jan. 25, and Prior Lake on Saturday, Jan. 27.

Farmington

The Tigers were unable to maintain their momentum from the end of the game against Rosemount and fell to Apple Valley at Schmitz-Maki Arena on 4-2 on Saturday, Jan. 20. Down 1-0 after the first period, Farmington scored two straight to start the second period (scoring by Gerold and eighth-grader Claire Enright) to take a 2-1 lead. However, the Golden Eagles responded with two more goals of their own in the second and one in the third to win 4-2.

Since the Tigers' eight-game winning streak ended, they have gone 6-5 and are 4-3 in the SSC in that time period. Farmington hosted Burnsville on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and then travel Thursday to Lakeville South and Shakopee on Saturday.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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