21 November 2012

Girls Hockey: Royal pain in Hopkins

Perennial Lake Conference power Hopkins scored six goals in the first two periods on the way to a 7-0 win over the Tigers Tuesday night at Minnetonka Arena.

The Royals who lost their season opener, 3-2 to Bloomington Jefferson last week, evend their record at 1-1 while Farmington fell to 1-2.

The game was scoreless for the first six minutes before Nina Rodgers scored the first of her two goals to give Hopkins the lead. Two more scores, coming in a lightning-quick 15-second span late in the period, gave the Royals a thee-goal cushion.

The visitors, outshot 13-1 in the opening period, put seven shots on net in the second, but the result was the same. Hopkins led 6-0 with a period to play.

The Farmington offense that had scored 10 goals in its last four periods managed just 11 shots on goal while Hopkins peppered Tiger goalies Maddie Bowe and Molly Singewald with 38.

Penalties, a game-breaker in the season-opening loss to Hastings, came into play again. The Tigers piled up 12 minutes of penalties, resulting in two power play goals for the Royals.

Bowe finished the night with 23 saves, giving her 68 in three games for the season.Singewald, making her first varsity appearance, stopped eight of nine shots in the final period.

The girls take a short holiday break before returning to action Saturday with a non-conference matinee game against Eastview. Face-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at the Apple Valley Sports Arena.